ReGeneration Who, a convention celebrating the British TV Show Doctor Who, was held at the Renaissance Baltimore from March 23rd to 25th, 2018. Fans came from far and wide to attend this annual event. For the most part, they weren’t disappointed.
The convention boasted an impressive guest list. Three actors who have played the Doctor were present; Peter Capaldi, Colin Baker and Peter Davison interacted with excited fans. Michelle Gomez, the actress who played the first female incarnation of The Master, AKA the Mistress, was a popular draw as well. Terry Molloy, who played the Doctor’s foe Davros, attended, along with former Doctor’s Companions Mark Strickson, Janet Fielding, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Nicola Bryant and William Russell. Michael Jayston, who played the Valeyard in the Sixth Doctor Era, John Leeson, the voice of K-9, and director Rachel Talalay rounded out this stellar lineup.
Fans converged on the Renaissance Baltimore, lining up for autographs and photos, attending panels, perusing the arts and merchandise available, and socializing with fellow Whovians
The Con Floor
The convention floor was quite busy, for the most part, except when Peter Capaldi’s panel was in session. Vendors had merchandise from far and wide and artists had some incredible pieces for all kinds of Whovians. People browsed the selections, greeted friends old and new and there were plenty of impressive cosplayers.
Cosplay was in abundance from both the classic and newer Doctor Who episodes. Companions of the 1st Doctor mingled with companions of the 12th. Daleks threatened to exterminate attendees while multiple incarnations of the Doctor bustled about with sonic screwdrivers and jelly babies. Other Time Lords like the Master and a horde of Missy cosplayers diabolically frolicked among the River Songs and Captain Jacks. And yes, Boba Fett was there.
Panels and Events
Panels on both classic and the newer series of Doctor Who were held and well attended. They even had some game shows and cosplay panels. The guests had many panels as well, with actors recounting their experiences on the show, artists describing their work and authors discussing upcoming works. There was a costume masquerade, though some spectators and participants thought it ran a bit longer than was necessary. As this was the first full masquerade for this convention, they will hopefully work out the kinks by the next one. On Friday and Saturday evenings, there were dance parties in the main ballroom, where fans could dance the night away. Many of them even emulated the dance styling of the 11th Doctor, who is not known for his skill in this arena.
Of course many fans waited in line to meet their favorite actors. Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez were particular draws, with some fans waiting for hours for just a short interaction with these stars. On the plus side, the convention didn’t try to cram as many vendors into the space as possible, allowing good line control and plenty of room for those waiting. However, due to the schedule of photo ops and panels, a small portion of fans were unable to collect on the autographs for which they’d prepaid. While it is unclear what the policy is for unclaimed autographs, you should contact the event at https://regenerationwho.com/about/contact/ for more information if you missed out.
Overall, the convention was a good experience for the fans. As with any con, there were some bumps in the road. Considering the level of the guests featured, it was handled well. While this event offered many of the familiar staples of other conventions, it was definitely a great social environment as well. People met up with old friends and made new ones. Plus, unlike some conventions where attendees are rushed through to get as many autographs signed as possible, the guests spent time speaking with the fans and seemed happy to be there.
We’re all looking forward to seeing what’s in store next year at ReGeneration Who 5.
You can find out more about this convention by visiting https://regenerationwho.com