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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!