The Idiot's Lantern

The Idiot's Lantern

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

December Meetup!

Hello everyone!

Our next monthly meetup is Thursday December 6th from 7-9 pm at the Kingsdale Market District.

Come join us for food and fun conversation about our favorite TimeLord!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

November Meetup tonight!

Hello everyone!

Tonight's our November meetup at the Kingsdale Market District from 7-9pm!

Come join us for food and fun conversation about our favorite Time Lord!

Also, don't forget coming this Saturday at Grandview- parts 3 and 4 of the 7th Doctor serial, the Curse of Fenric!  Fun starts at 9pm!

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Curse of Fenric at Grandview!

This Saturday the Grandview Theatre will be showing the first two parts of the 7th Doctor serial, The Curse of Fenric!

As always, the fun starts at 9pm!  We will be showing the special edition with deleted scenes, so be sure to get there early for the best seats!

Hope to see you there!!

Friday, October 12, 2012


The following clip was just released from the BBC. It was an un-shot scene from The Angels Take Manhattan by Chris Chibnall. Complete with storyboard images and narrated by Rory (Arthur Darvill)himself. Find out what happened to Brian Williams after Amy and Rory disappeared!

 I really wish this had been shot, especially since I loved Rory's dad Brian since the moment he hit the screen. It did bring some closure and it was nice to have Arthur Darvill narrate the scene. I will miss the Ponds! :)

Grandview Theatre Special!

My, do we have a treat in store for you this Saturday! We have one week to fill in, and so have come up with a unique programme.

Join us at the Grandview Theatre at the normal time of 9pm, for 3 classic charity specials from Doctor Who!

Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (1999 Red Nose Day Special) starring Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Grant, Richard E. Grant, Joanna Lumley, Jim Broadbent, and Julia Sawalha. written by current series producer Steven Moffat.

Dimensions in Time (Children in Need 1993 Special) starring all the surviving Doctors, and many companions, and enemies from the original series.
A Fix with Sontarans (Jim'll Fix It Special) a Colin Baker adventure, also starring Janet Fielding as Tegan.

These three have never aired in the US, and two have not been released on DVD.

See you there at 9pm!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

October Meetup!

Hello everyone!! It's time for our October Meetup!

The fun starts tonight from 7-9pm at the Kingsdale Market District. Come join us for food and fun conversation about our favorite Timelord!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Join the DWFO for the Christmas Carol (Suite)

Here it is! The promo for the next Doctor Who Fan Orchestra project!!

Note: once again, signups are limited to the first 600 applicants. Signups for TIA were only open for 6 days, and the folks who run predict they will reach capacity even faster for this one. (earlier this morning they were already to the halfway mark!)

 If you do join and successfully submit a part, please let me know-I'd love to feature you in this blog! :-)

*UPDATE 10/04/2012*  : signups for the Christmas Carol (Suite) are now CLOSED at 600 participants!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Angels Take Manhattan

Hello everyone!

Tomorrow is the last new episode of the current series until Christmas! 

Join us at the Grandview Theatre 9pm Saturday for The Angels Take Manhattan!

Don't Forget, Don't blink, Don't be late!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Town Called Mercy

Tonight the Grandview Theatre continues it's tradition of showing Doctor Who on the big screen with the series 7 episode, A Town Called Mercy.

Grab the kids and come join us at 9pm!!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Up Next at Grandview...

Hello everyone!!

Tonight the Grandview Theatre will be airing the next episode of Series 7, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

The fun starts at 9pm, but be sure to get there early so you can get the best seats!

As always, this is a free, family friendly event-so grab the kids and head on over to Grandview for some Doctor Who!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

September Meetup

Hello everyone!

Don't  forget tonight is our September meetup!  7-9pm at the Kingsdale Market District (the cafeteria upstairs).

Come join us for food, and fun conversation about our favorite Timelord. We will be discussing last week's episode and premiere at the theatre, as well as upcoming club events.

Speaking of the premiere, I will be posting more about that later-but word on the street is that it was a huge success!!

Here are a few teaser snapshots of the event  from Andrew!

Hope to see you tonight!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Doctor Who Series 7 Premiere Event at Grandview

Grab your bow ties, fezzes, Stetsons, scarves, Sonic Screwdrivers and head on over to the Grandview Theatre this Saturday for the Series 7 premiere event!!

Marcon, BaCon, and Packrat Comics will be on hand before and after the premiere of Asylum of the Daleks for a mini-convention of sorts with prizes, raffles and giveaways!  In addition there will be performances by the Confused Greenies, (aka Docttore Who)!

While waiting for the countdown to the premiere, be sure to check out Marcon, BaCon, and Packrat Comics!

Asylum of the Daleks will premiere at 9pm, but the fun starts in the front hallway at 8pm. 

Hope to see you there!!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Vengeance (of Varos) at Grandview!

Hello everyone!!!!

If you haven't already heard the news, the new series of Doctor Who will be premiering Saturday September 1st!!!  The Grandview Theatre is planning a party, but until then, we have another Classic story to show!!

The Sixth Doctor serial, Vengeance on Varos will be shown in it's entirety (due to the premiere of Asylum of the Daleks on the 1st) tomorrow night starting at 9 pm!  

More details about the premiere of series 7 to follow-until then, come join us for some Classic Who!!!  

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Resurrection of the Daleks, parts 3&4

Hello everyone!

Don't forget the last two parts of Resurrection of the Daleks will be showing at the Grandview Theatre tonight starting at 9 pm!!

Bring the family and come join in all the fun!!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

DWC August Meetup

It's that time again!  Come join us tonight for our August meeting! Tonight, from 7-9pm at the Kingsdale Market District.

Join us for food and fun conversation about our favorite Time Lord!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This Saturday at Grandview...

Hello everyone!!!

Having a good summer? Did you catch 11th Doctor Matt Smith in Going for the Gold: 
The '48 Games? Still hoping David Tennant will carrying the Olympic Torch during the last leg it's journey?

Most importantly, are you enjoying Classic Who at the Grandview Theatre? Fantastic!!! This Saturday's feature will be the first two parts of the Fourth Doctor serial, Pyramids of Mars! The fun starts at 9pm, and Sutekh already has his seat!

Take a break from the Olympics and bring the family! See you Saturday!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Claws of Axos: Final Two at Grandview!

Don't forget the final two parts of The Claws of Axos will be shown at the Grandview Theatre this Saturday, starting at 9pm!!

Check out the trailer below! See you Saturday!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Classic Who at Grandview: The Claws of Axos

This Saturday at the Grandview Theatre: the first two parts of the Third Doctor serial, The Claws of Axos!

Fun starts at 9 pm, so bring the kids and join us for an evening of Classic Who!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Tomb of the Cybermen finale at Grandview Theatre

Hi everyone!  Join us this Saturday at 9pm for parts 3 and 4 of  Tomb of the Cybermen at the Grandview Theatre!

From Andrew:
The Tomb Of The Cybermen continues as this week's classic at the Grandview theater.  The last two parts will start at 9PM. It will be a quick show this week due to Spiderman being released so don't be late!
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tomb of the Cybermen!

This week at Grandview: Tomb of the Cybermen!

Come join us this Saturday at 9 pm for the first two episodes of this Classic serial.  Be sure to arrive a little early-once again Andrew has some funny extras to show! 

Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Chase Continues at Grandview!

Just a reminder that the concluding three episodes of 1965's The Chase will be shown tomorrow at 9pm at the Grandview Theatre.

Andrew's also thrown in a few more funny bits to show before and afterwards, so be sure to show up early to get your refreshments and get seated by 9!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

R.I.P. Caroline John (1940-2012)

The BBC announced this morning of the passing of Caroline John earlier this month, known to the Whouniverse as Liz Shaw, the Third Doctor's first companion. 

Caroline John, 1940-2012

I always liked Liz Shaw-she was always one of my top 5 favorite companions.  I was bummed when she was only in Who for one season, and was tickled to death with the character name drop in The Sarah Jane Adventures. In fact, after Katy Manning did her guest stint in The Death of the Doctor, I was secretly hoping that they would find a way to bring Liz Shaw's character into Sarah Jane's world.  All three of Pertwee's companions on SJA? That would've been awesome!

I think one of my favorite Liz Shaw moments would be in her first story, Spearhead from Space, when she looked at the Brigadier, cocked an eyebrow and said 'what? You investigate little green men?' (ok, I'm summing that up badly, but the look on her face was priceless!)

What was your favorite Liz Shaw moment?

Rest in peace, Caroline.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Join the DWFO for The Impossible Astronaut (Suite)!

The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra is gearing up for our fifth collaboration!

Special note: Due to an unprecedented interest in The Impossible Astronaut, the sign ups will be limited to the first 600 applicants.

 From Stephen:
The DWFO will have to limit signups for The Impossible Astronaut to the first 600 applicants. It may fill up quickly! We apologize sincerely for this potential early closure to signups, but from your overwhelming response in these first days, we literally may not be able to handle all your requests! (We are as surprised as you may be!) Thank you for your interest!
For more information, be sure to check out

Friday, June 15, 2012

DWFO #4: Dalek Suite

Just thought I would share the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra's latest work on the eve of the Grandview Theatre's showing of The Chase!

 The Dalek Suite!

 I would have to say this piece was the most fun to work on-and is one of my favorites. The next piece will be "The Impossible Astronaut Suite" and I'm really excited about this! The suite will include bits from "I Am the Doctor" (DWFO's first piece)-I didn't join the DWFO until the 2nd piece, but I really enjoyed "I Am the Doctor" Looking forward to playing at least part of it in the suite!

 We are always looking for new members! I'll be posting the next promo video as soon as it's available, but you can also follow our fearless leader Stephen on YouTube at socksofbalhoon. :)

The Chase at Grandview!

Everyone please join us Tomorrow at 9pm for the FREE showing of Doctor Who!

First up is the classic story from 47 years ago this month, 1965's The Chase.

The Daleks are closing in on the Doctor in a chase through both the universe and through time itself. For having created their own time machine,  the Daleks are able to pursue the TARDIS from the planet of Aridius, on to the Empire State Building in 1966,  to the Marie Celeste in 1872 and even into a haunted house within someone's nightmare.

The Chase is a classic journey tale taking the TARDIS crew across the universe. It also has it's funny moments and was almost made into the third Dalek film of the 1960's.

Join the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki, and introducing Steven to the TARDIS team.

See you there!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Classic Who at Grandview!!!!

Hello fellow Whovians!!!

Ever wish you could see Classic Doctor Who on the big screen?  Well, you are in luck!  This summer the lovely folks at the Grandview Theatre will be airing select episodes of the classic series on Saturday nights!!

The fun starts this Saturday (June 16th).  Grandview will screen First Doctor William Hartnell's "The Chase" starting at 9pm!

As with the current series, this will be a family friendly, FREE event!!  Bring the kids and be sure to check out their concession stand! (This will help cover the lost ticket revenue)

Keep watching this space, the Yahoo list, and our Facebook page for more details about future Classic Who showings!!

Hope to see you Saturday!

Thanks again to the folks at Grandview!!!  You guys are fantastic!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Star Base Columbus/USS Maximillian 20th Anniversary Science Fiction Festival

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 9th) Star Base Columbus along with the USS Maximillian will be hosting their 20th Anniversary Science Fiction Festival in Westerville!  General admission is $2 but children 12 and under get in free!!! 

Doctor Who Columbus and Marcon will have a table at this event!  Come join us for games, contests, and more!

The event will be from 2-9pm, but Star Base Columbus will be open for business at noon!  Also, the USS Columbus will be selling hot dogs, cold drinks, and baked goods for the JDRF and the Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive. 

Some times of note:
7:00 pm: Costume contest!
8:00 pm: Performance by the Confused Greenies (i Verdi Confusi)! 
8:30 pm: Awards ceremony & Party!!!
9:00 pm: The event officially ends, but the party will last the rest of the evening!!

Also of note-the following games/contests require registration to participate:
2:00 pm: Star Trek Heroclix
3:00 pm: Robot Building contest
7:00 pm: Costume Contest

For more information, check out Star Base Columbus Current Events page.

If you would like to help man our table, please contact Andrew! 
Come join your fellow Whovian (and SciFi fans!) for this family-friendly event!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

June Steering Meeting

Just a quick reminder that our monthly steering meeting will be this Thursday, June 7th from 7-9pm at the Giant Eagle Market District at Kingsdale in Upper Arlington.

If anyone who attended Marcon this past April has any photos they would like to share on this blog, please send me an email! :)

Hope to see you Thursday!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Marcon Bag Stuffing...

I'm just full of posts today. ;)

Join us this Thursday for the first official event of this year's Marcon convention. Even if you're not on staff, many of our friends and cub members will be attending and helping out. If you come, then you are eligible to join the "Wie & Cheese" opening party of the con right afterwards.

Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus in Fairfield Room
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

See you there!

Hugo Announcements at Marcon 47!

Marcon is this weekend!! Is everybody ready?!?!

Don't miss out on the Hugo announcements this Saturday at the con at 4pm!!! Come and see first hand which of your favorite shows, writers, movies, etc. are nominated for the Hugo Awards. This is an exclusive event to Marcon!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

DWFO: Promo for Dalek Suite

Join us! :-D

DWC members-if you do join, be sure to let me know so I can mention you on our blog! :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

February Steering Meeting

Hello everyone!!

Just a quick reminder that February's steering meeting will take place this Thursday, February 2nd, from 7-9pm at the Giant Eagle Market District at Kingsdale in Upper Arlington. (

Come throw in your two cents! Marcon is coming soon and we need to plan staffing in the video room. Of course, if you want to come hang out and just talk Who, that is fine too! :-D

Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Doctor Who Fan Orchestra (DWFO #3): Rose's Theme/Doomsday

This past summer, I joined the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra-an online collaborative project to celebrate Murray Gold's music for the series. I discovered the group through one of my Doctor Who feeds, when they released their first work, "I Am the Doctor." After watching that first video, I was incredibly excited to discover that they were recruiting for their second piece, "This is Gallifrey/Vale Decem". For several weeks I rehearsed, recorded, and re-recorded my part-and it was worth it! :) Members sent in audio recordings of their individual parts (and multiple parts, if they were playing more than one instrument or submitting a vocal part), along with an optional video.

This is our third collaboration, "Rose's Theme/Doomsday":

We had 154 individual participants, from 18 different countries! (sweet, huh?)

If you would like to participate in the next piece, follow Stephen Willis, socksofbalhoon on YouTube-he will be releasing a recruitment video in the near future. :)

To find out more about the DWFO, check out the DWFO blog. :)

If you do join, (or have previously participated), please send me a note so I can mention you here on this blog!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Marcon 47!!

Hello everyone! Marcon 47 is just around the corner! This year Marcon will be held Easter weekend (April 6th-8th, 2012). If you are interested in volunteering this year, here's a message from our fearless leader, Andrew:

So that time of year is rolling around again. I know several of you
will not able to attend Marcon this year, but as I am Vice Chair, and
running a couple departments, I will be. Right now I am looking for
volunteers to help us run the Video room, and run the Friday Night
Beach Party.

Many of you have helped in the video room before, and this year is no
different. I need about ten total volunteers, and have several
already. If you are interested please email me back, and let me know
how much time you might be able to help with. Just to let you know
too, we are certainly going to be showing several episodes of this
past seasons' Doctor Who. As well, I am showcasing all of Season 5 of
Sarah Jane Adventures. Sherlock Season 2 will make an appearance, as
should Merlin series 4, Being Human 4, Big Bang Theory 5, Psychoville
2, Torchwood Miracle Day, and new series, The Fades.

As well, new to this year is an idea that I brought from my travels to
Gallifrey Con in LA. They have hosted a convention party or gala event
each Friday night of con. We will be having one based on this year's
theme of Galactic Beach Party. To that end, I have procured tons of
decorations, and Beach movies to play on the wall, and we should have
some Lifeguard and Surf board props. It will all be set up in the room
the dance is normally held in, Fairfield. Running from 8pm to 2am it
will have an Open Bar, Karaoke, Beach Ball Volleyball, Limbo, and
several other games. I am looking for help setting up, as well as
volunteers to staff the room while it's running. We should have
security staff, and Gophers for the door check, but otherwise two or
three people would be helpful.

If either of these interest you, then please let me know asap and I
will start contacting you with more details.

Also, news on the guest front, we have confirmed Julian Glover and
Kyle Gass as our Media guests so far. Kyle is one half of the comedy/
musical group Tenacious D, and has stared with his other half Jack
Black in most of his movies. Julian Glover you should know from his
roles in Classic Doctor Who as King Richard in the 1964 story, The
Crusades. As well, he was Count Scarlioni/Scaroth in Tom Baker's City
of Death. His many other movie roles have included, General Veers in
Empire Strikes back, Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only, Walter
Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the voice of Aragog in
the Harry Potter series and Grand Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones
on HBO. Also on the Who front Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg will be joining
us. He is currently researching for his upcoming book, Red White and
Who, the history of Who fandom in America. We have several more guests
in other areas, and at least one more Media guest to announce on the
horizon with more to follow. Watch this space, or visit us at for more details.

Thanks, and see you there!
Andrew Raymond
Vice Chair Marcon 47
April 6-8 2012 Hyatt Regency Columbus

(Andrew's email can be found in the DWC Yahoo list)

The deadline for Marcon 47 staff forms/fees is this Monday-January 23rd. Not sure if you'll know by Monday? No worries! Andrew is planning on reserving a few slots, however these will need to be filled by Tuesday, March 20th. Keep in mind, though-these slots will be limited-so if interested, please reserve one as soon as possible. If you want to volunteer and are unable to make the January or March deadline, you will have to pay full price and 'Gopher' your fee back. (for more on Gophering at Marcon, see Volunteers (Gophers) at

Thank you for volunteering!