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Welcome JANET FIELDING to WHOlanta! Janet is of course best known to Whovians for playing Tegan Jovanka, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. With over 3-1/2 seasons on the show, she’s one of the longest-running companions ever, and that doesn’t even count her numerous Big Finish appearances. She’s also been an agent (she got Paul McGann the job as the Eighth Doctor!), been involved in an international organization called Women in Film and Television, and currently runs a non-profit organization. She’ll be doing a couple of Q&As on Saturday and Sunday and will be available for autographs and photo ops all weekend. To learn more about Janet Fielding, visit our GUESTS page!
We have a guest double-header today! Two previous guests are making return visits to WHOlanta this year. The first is PixelWho (Nathan Skreslet and Ly Cao). You know them for Nathan’s artwork, focused on creating a complete visual character dictionary and episode guide for Doctor Who fans in limited edition pixelated style art prints. They’ve been fixtures at the past four WHOlantas and we’re thrilled to have them back with us! Joining us for her second time (last year was her first visit to WHOlanta) is performer Cat Smith, an actor, a musician, and a cosplayer since before there was a word for it! You’ll be seeing all three of these lovely folks at their tables as well as on panels, game shows, and cabaret. Visit our Guests page to read more about them and all of our guests!
We’re very pleased to announce that JASON HAIGH-ELLERY, founder of BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS, will be making a return appearance at WHOlanta this May! Jason first visited us in 2016. Since its inception in 1998, Big Finish has grown to be the largest independent producer of Audio Drama in the world, working regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Survivors, The Prisoner, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. His animation studio, Planet 55 Studios, produced two Doctor Who animated features (“The Moonbase” and “The Tenth Planet”). Jason has an extensive in television, film and theatre (he’s produced 33 stage productions in West End and on tours throughout the UK). Find out more about Jason Haigh-Ellery on our Guests page.
WHOlanta (and our lovely Atlanta neighbors 221B Con) got featured in a January 10 article on SYFY Wire about local fan-run cons, along with a few other smaller cons around the country. You can check out the article here. Thanks to Kristina Manente from SYFY for inviting us to be part of this excellent article.
If you’ve been watching the current season of Doctor Who, or you’ve been to the cinema to see Bohemian Rhapsody, then you’ve seen the most recent work of our new guest, ROBERT ALLSOPP. Robert began working on Doctor Who all the way back in 1987 and is still actively involved today, working heavily on Series 11 with Jodie Whittaker. His most recent work was seen in the November 11 episode “The Demons of the Punjab” — Robert created the costumes for the Thijarians. You’ve seen his work in countless films, including Gladiator, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Florence Foster Jenkins, Robin Hood, and many more. If Rami Malek looked convincing in Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s largely due to Robert’s work of recreating all of Freddie Mercury’s onstage costumes for the film. To learn more about Robert Allsopp and all of our other guests, please visit the Guests page.
WHOlanta 2019 links are now live!
2019 Weekend Memberships are $45 but if you use the code “JODIE,” you’ll save $5 off for a limited time!
Buy your memberships here: https://purchase.growtix.com/e/WHOlanta_2019/
Our WHO-tel room booking is also live!
Room rates are $106 a night plus taxes and fees. Onsite parking is deeply discounted to $5 per night. Book below. No deposit if you put a credit card on file.
Let’s kick off our 2019 announcements with a bang! We’re excited to have Doctor Who’s go-to guy for monsters and aliens, JON DAVEY, joining us next year! Jon has been a mainstay on Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Class ever since his first time stomping metal boots in the 2006 episode “Rise of the Cybermen.” Since then, he’s been Daleks, Cybermen (he played the super-creepy headless & armless Cyberman in “The Pandorica Opens”), Judoon Captains, Ood, a Dream Crab, Heavenly Host, a Whisperman, a Shadowkin, a Mire Warrior, and numerous UNIT soldiers, plus many others. He’s worked on many other shows and films and has produced around 50 music videos.
Jon will give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the on-screen magic is created in a special presentation on our Main Stage, and he has something really special in store for you in our Cabaret as well! Jon will be signing autographs and will be available for portraits with attendees. We’re very excited to welcome Jon to WHOlanta for the first time, and we’ll have more Guest announcements in the coming months.
For more info, visit our Guests page.
And that’s a wrap on WHOlanta 2018!!! We had a great time and really hope you enjoyed it too! To our longtime friends and the new faces who turned out this year, we want to thank you for coming together to discuss one of our favorite loves in life – Doctor Who.
With that said, let’s have a heart to heart. We’ve been doing this con since 2005 when it was just a 1 day event in an Elks Lodge in Tucker, GA. It takes a lot of work to put these things together and we love doing it for you guys each and every year. And that’s still going to be the case next year! We’ll be right back at the Hilton Atlanta Airport on May 3-5, 2019.
For 2020 and beyond? Well, we can’t really say right now. This convention has been part of our lives for so many years now that it’s very difficult to give up. But at least for 2020, we’re going to take a little break. We all want to pursue different endeavors where running a convention is hard to juggle with other things.
So brave heart, Tegen. Next year is going to be amazing. If it’s the last one, let’s go out in a blaze of glory. If we come back to it in a few years, we’ll call it a family reunion. Because that’s what all of you are to us.
Pre-reg will open up in a few days. In the meantime, never be cruel, and never be cowardly. And if you ever are, always make amends.
Until next year.
Susan & Alan
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- Insert the ticket you pulled when you first got to the hotel. This should display the normal hotel day rate.
- Insert the ticket you got from the hotel/registration/info services. This will discount the normal day rate to $5.
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