I’ve been thinking. People keep asking me what I want to focus on while I’m in graduate school. I have a lot of ideas. But there’s one I’ve been thinking about a little more than the others: conventions and costuming. Which has me thinking about my own experiences with conventions and how it has changed over the years.

You hear about the days before SDCC became SDCC. You hear that slight wistfullness in people’s voices when they do. You go to smaller conventions that are proud to be small and more intimate, unlike DragonCon.

I finally get it. So many people go to conventions to meet famous people. To meet actors and musicians and authors and artists. That used to be what I would get excited about. But that can involve being in line for the same time as a panel, if not longer. I started to realize that I was missing out on so much. Then I went to MarCon. That showed me that you don’t have to spend half the convention in line to enjoy it. It showed me that conventions are equally about hanging out with fellow fans and geeks, talking about the things that we love.

So this year for DragonCon, I’m taking a new approach to what panels I go to. I’m still going to go to a few panels with guests. How can I resist going to a panel with Big Bird and Oscar or one with the Seventh and Eighth Doctors? But I think I’m going to focus more on the panels where it’s just us fans talking about what we love. It’s going to be a new experience for me. I’m really looking forward to it.

The Night of the Doctor

I realized that I had jumped the gun a bit by planning to talk about season 8. I hadn’t talked about the amazing things that came out of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.

This is an amazing mini-episode that the BBC posted to YouTube as a prequel to the big show. It takes place during the Time War and gives us an idea of how far the impact has spread. It also shows how much the Doctor has been trying to avoid being involved. But, possibly the point of the whole episode, it also gives us the Eighth Doctor’s regeneration into the War Doctor.

Just like most of the Current, or 21st Century, Doctor Who, the more of the Classic, or 20th Century, Doctor Who I watch, the more I get and fully understand. I always figured that Karn was a 20th Century reference, but now I can realize the genius of bringing it into things. Also, seeing Paul McGann get more screen time is always a good thing. Every time I watch it, I get so excited that the Eighth Doctor is there to try to save Cass. Also, the in-cannon regonizing his Big Finish companions was wonderful. I haven’t had the chance to listen to them yet, but Charlie is pretty well-known as an Eighth Doctor companion. They really gave the Eighth Doctor on-screen respect.

But my true squee moment happens at the end. Seeing that reflection of a young John Hurt makes me squee every time. It’s just an amazing way of introducing him and the War Doctor. I love it!