By, Heather Maloney
With an estimated attendance of almost 20,000 people, the first Denver Comic Con was a huge success. Not only was there comic book fans in droves, “Doctor Who” became a dominating force at the event. Many fans in costumes and shirts walked around the convention spending their money on the multiple merchants that were selling “Doctor Who” merchandise.
Among the amazing costumes were multiple Doctors, girls dressed as the TADRIS and even a weeping angel. Along with versions of the modern Doctors, there was a boy dressed as the second doctor. Scarves and fezzes were everywhere and there was a full size TARDIS on the convention floor that attendees stood in line to catch a glimpse of.
The “Doctor Who” panel had such an amazing turnout, that a majority of Whovians were turned away from the small 120 person panel room. Although many fans were disappointed that they could not attend the panel, there was a shared sense of awe in the sheer scope of what “Doctor Who” fandom has become in Denver. James Marsters’ panel also had a tremendous turnout with fans standing in the hall just to catch a glimpse of the Torchwood actor as the room was filled to capacity.
Many merchants on the convention floor were selling “Doctor Who” merchandise. EPlanet Toys carried everything from sonic screwdrivers to Character Building figures. Optimystical Studios specializes in handmade jewelry featuring all of the favorite “Doctor Who” characters. D’Vyne Wrytes creates breathtakingly beautiful leather journals including one reminiscent of River Song’s. In addition to these merchants, Coast City Styles sold many “Doctor Who” themed t-shirts and accessories.
For many Whovians in North America, the terms ‘mainstream’ and “Doctor Who” never seemed compatible. After the Whovian turnout this weekend at Denver Comic Con, “Doctor Who” is becoming not only mainstream, but a cornerstone of any convention. It is exciting to imagine where “Doctor Who” fandom will be at next year’s event.