Whoniverse, what a day! For those of you that have never heard of it, Whoniverse is a Doctor Who convention run by The Hub Productions. When they first announced that Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Alex Kensington (River Song) were all coming not just Australia, but to my little home town Adelaide I just flipped. When the tickets went on sale I was sitting in front of my computer waiting like a crazy person, and was bouncing off the roof excited when I managed to snag myself a VIP ticket.
VIP meant that not only did I get to meet all three of the guests, but I got a photo and Autograph from each as well as getting to sit right up the front for the panels. I swear the day could not come fast enough, and by the time it did I had planned everything down to a T. I didn’t even care that I was flying solo that day, I actually almost preferred it.
Its a shame that Hub Productions are notoriously unorganized. It said on the website that doors opened at 8.30, so I made sure to be there to line up to get in by 8. Its lucky I was surrounded by lovely people to chat with, because they didn’t even open the doors until 10am. It took another half an hour to get in after that, even with the VIP ticket which was supposed to have express entry. By this point I was to excited to be pissed off about it, so I went to look at merchandise before taking my seat. I bought myself a toy sonic screw driver, as well as a very pretty bracelet with a Tardis on it. They had a full size Tardis sitting in the back corner of the room so I just had to get a photo with it. Unfortunately it was not bigger on the inside, and Matt Smith was not hiding in it. I was only a little bit disappointed.
Once everyone was seated, they did their welcome rant (thanks for coming, don’t grope the guests, try not to faint etc.) before lining us up to go and have our photo’s taken. They did this as the first part so they could get them all printed to be signed later on in the day. Since I was seat C13, I was one of the first to go in for my picture, right after the platinum ticket holders. I was feeling just fine until I walked around the corner and there he was. Me and the girl standing next to me both went *SQUEE!* at the same time, which made us look at each other before breaking out into giggles 😛 We spent the rest of our wait in line gossiping about how handsome we thought he was.
When it was finally my turn I walked over to him and the first thing he said to me was “Gosh, don’t you look beautiful! I love your shoes.”. Aaannnddd that’s when the full on swooning started. It was all I could do to think straight and continue to form understandable sentences. I don’t think I have ever fan girled so hard in my life!
Next up I got to meet Karen! She was a lot quieter than I expected, and she didn’t really say much to me. I was cool with it though, I still got to meet her 🙂 Plus I was still buzzing a little from meeting Matt, something I suspect she got to deal with a lot and may have been a little sick of.
Last but not least, of course was Alex. I kinda got lucky when I reached her section, because just before I walked in the photographer managed to drop his camera which then proceeded to stop working. So I got to stand there and chat with Alex whilst he tried to fix it. It was great. She was wearing the most amazing love heart rings and I would have loved to know where she got them, but I suspect they probably cost a small fortune, so I didn’t ask. After meeting her, my adoration for her and the characters she plays went up about 10 fold. She is such a delightful woman. She suggested we pose with my newly acquired sonic screw driver, which ended in my photo with her being the coolest one of the day!
After I had my photo’s, it was time for some lunch so I took myself out to a restaurant in the city as a bit of a treat (I really do love my own company 🙂 ). They had said we needed to be back by one oclock on the dot to get the Q&A started, so I kinda rushed myself through lunch as that only gave me an hour. Naturally, running with how Hub Productions operate, I got back to find out that they were running late at the platinum meet and greet lunch and that we would all just have to wait. So I sat there playing with my 3DS whilst they played Doctor Who episodes on the big screen for the next hour and a half. Needless to Say I was not impressed. They had a few villains come out and walk around, so I took a few photo’s, but that was about it for entertainment.
When they finally got to the Q&A part they had Karen and Alex come out first. They were asked questions like “if you were going to be a Who monster, which would you be?” (Karen decided on being a Darlek and Alex said the silence) and “If the Doctor was to become a woman, who would be the best actress to play the part? (They both agreed that Alex would be best suited for it). Listening to the way Alex spoke and the detail she put into her answers just made me adore her even more. She is such a wonderful and talented woman.
Once Alex and Karen had finished their Q&A, they finally brought out Matt for his. I was so excited, I had so many questions for him. I was a tad pissed off by the end of it though, because I had my hand up his entire session but didn’t get to ask him a single question. This was made more annoying by the fact that our VIP tickets were so expensive as we were supposed to get priority at question time, and some other people got to ask him more than one.
I think one of my favorite questions asked of Matt was, “Did you actually eat fish fingers and custard, or was it something else?”. Apparently the first few cuts he did they actually were fish fingers and custard, but then it started to make him feel rather ill, so they swapped the fish fingers over with some coconut flavored sponge cake things. He said he actually ate everything that little Amy cooked for him in that scene, so by the end of it he was about ready to burst he had eaten so much.
My final thoughts on Whoniverse? It was amazing to meet Matt, Karen and Alex, they were everything I had dreamed they would be and more. But as far as the organisation of the even was, I give hub productions about a 2/10 because their convention organisation skills sucked, big time. They kept saying there would be games and trivia and prizes etc, but instead we just spend a lot of time sitting around watching a giant screen. They didn’t deliver on most of the things promised to VIP ticket holders (express entry, priority at question time), and considering how much they charged for the tickets that was just not acceptable.
It was a stupid long day full of sitting around doing not much, but hey, I got to hug Matt Smith, so it wasn’t all that bad 😉