Doctor Who Programming

Directors: Ashley Raburn, Martin Hennessee
Room: Sinclair Amphitheater

FRIDAY:

7:00 p.m. – What’s Your Who Sign?
Hey babe, what’s your sign? No, not your star sign – your WHO sign! Let’s break the ice this weekend by talking about the TV episode, book, Big Finish or whatever else was the most current when you were born. Get to Wikipedia and find out!

8:00 p.m. – Rebooting the Whoniverse
It’s happened again – Doctor Who has been revamped with a new cast, new writers, new music and a new attitude. But this isn’t the first time this has happened – let’s look back at the ways the show changed, and how it stayed the same, when new creative teams decided it was time to steer the TARDIS in a whole new direction.

9:00 p.m. – Girl Power! The Women of Doctor Who
Ever since Barbara’s curiosity about Susan kicked off the plot of “An Unearthly Child,” female characters have had a powerful impact on the Doctor Who universe. Now that the Doctor herself has become a female character, let’s look back at the women who made Who history!

10:00 p.m. – Doctor Who and the Psychedelic Sixties
The Patrick Troughton years – which began just after the release of Pink Floyd’s first album and ended just before Woodstock – embraced psychedelic weirdness as few shows have. Let’s take a trip through time and expand our minds with the merry prankster and his crew.

11:00 p.m. – Video: “The Macra Terror”
This lost Second Doctor story lives again in cartoon crustacean glory! It won’t be released in the US until October, but WHOlanta is proud to present an imported UK DVD for your late-night viewing pleasure!

 

SATURDAY:

11:00 a.m. – Doctor Who Series 11
She’s back, and it’s about time! Join our panel as we review the first series to star Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, with her faithful fam, a new TARDIS and new show-runner Chris Chibnall.

12:00 p.m. – Adventures in History
Series 11 brought a new focus to historical settings that hasn’t been seen in since the Sixties and Seventies. Let’s look back at the classic “historicals” and see what the new episodes bring to the table.

1:00 p.m. – The Eighth Doctor Adventures
Of all the Doctors, the Eighth is unique in that he existed mostly in print before McGann returned to the role for Big Finish. We’ll look back at the novels that took the TARDIS to some wild and wonderful places that influenced Who for years to come.

2:00 p.m. – “Goodbye, Doctor”
Our guest Janet Fielding enacted one of the most powerful companion departures in “Resurrection of the Daleks.” From Susan being locked out of the TARDIS to Bill finding love among the stars, our panel will discuss the best, worst and most memorable times the Doctor’s friends have said goodbye.

3:00 p.m. – Novelizations Old and New
Ever since original script editor David Whitaker adapted the first Dalek serial to prose, Doctor Who stories have enjoyed a healthy second life in print. Now a new wave of novelizations are bringing modern stories like “Rose” and “The Day of the Doctor” to print, as well as previously unpublished tales like “City of Death,” “Revelation of the Daleks” and Tom Baker’s “Scratchman.” How do these new versions measure up to the Target books of yore, and what do they add to the TV versions?

4:00 p.m. – Hiatus! 18 Months That Changed Doctor Who Forever
Before Colin Baker finished his first season, word came down that the series was being “rested” amid BBC budget cuts. The fan outcry put today’s Tweet-storms to shame. Let’s look back at this tumultuous time and the long-lasting impact it had on the show.

5:00 p.m. – Video: “The Awakening”
The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough find themselves in a sleepy English village whose past is catching up with it – quite literally. And in the vaults of the local church, a malevolent force awakens…

6:00 p.m. – The Dimension of Sound: Adapting Who For Audio
Who looks at a TV series and thinks, “It could be a bit more sonic”? The producers of Big Finish audio dramas, that’s who! Guest Jason Haigh-Ellery joins us for an in-depth discussion of translating Doctor Who into the dimension of sound.

7:00 p.m. – The Final Countdown
The poll results are in, and we will count down your favorite Doctor Who stories of the new series!

8:00 p.m. – “We’ve Got Work To Do!” Season 26
30 years ago, the Doctor and Ace strolled off into an uncertain future. Let’s take a look back at that fabulous final season of the original run, with the Master, the Brigadier, the Destroyer, Fenric and Light.

9:00 p.m. – Douglas and the Doctor
1978 and 79 were busy for Douglas Adams, as he juggled his day job script-editing Doctor Who with nights writing a radio serial about galactic hitch-hikers. Let’s look back at the delightful interplay between Adams’ work on both series.

10:00 p.m. – Video: “City of Death”
Let’s go running through Paris with Lalla and Tom in a fortieth anniversary screening of one of the highest-rated and best-loved Doctor Who stories was aired.

 

SUNDAY:

11:00 a.m. – Earth Station Who Live: Who Was Your First?
Many of us remember our first viewing of Doctor Who. Was it with Tom Baker, or was it Chris Eccleston as the Doctor? Was it love at first sight, or was it something else? What drew you back, week after week, to the adventures of the Doctor through Time & Space? Join the crew of The Earth Station Who Podcast when we ask “Who was your first Doctor and why did you stay with the show?” This will be a live recording of our podcast, so come prepared to talk. We want to hear from you!

12:00 p.m. – Doctor Who and Comics Past and Present
Celebrating new releases and old favorites from Doctor Who‘s long and colorful history in comic book form.

1:00 p.m. – Video: “Rosa”
The Doctor and friends find themselves in Montgomery, Alabama, as Rosa Parks prepares to make her fateful bus ride. But another time traveler is working to ensure that the civil rights era is dealt a severe setback…

2:00 p.m. – SJW… WTF?
The Doctor has always fought to create more just societies – but is that the same as being a social justice warrior? Does an increase in diversity in front of and behind the camera really translate into a political agenda? We will face these questions and more.

3:00 p.m. – One Day I’ll Shall Come Back: The Future of Doctor Who We’ve got a new Doctor in Jodie Whittaker but a long wait until a new season arrives. What’s being released to keep us going until the new episodes arrive, and what does the future look like for Doctor Who in 2020 and beyond?

4:00 p.m. – Video: “Survival”
We close out WHOlanta with the final story from the classic series. Ace discovers you can’t go home again when the Doctor takes her back to Perivale. But what unseen force is kidnapping suburban youths, and why are the neighborhood cats acting so strangely…?