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Regenerations Revisited

Undeterred by a recent lack of new episodes, in September hundreds of fans gathered in Swansea for one of the most renowned get-togethers on the Doctor Who calendar.

It’s not often you find yourself at a bar standing next to a Dalek ordering a drink.

“I – will – have – a – pint – of – Carlsberg – please,” it rasps. But the barmaid is busy tending to someone else – me. The Mark III Travel Machine, known affectionately here as Dalek Doris, expresses its frustration in a colourful way before declaring, “I’m off to Starbucks.”

Fan Show host Christel Dee meets Dalek Doris at the Regenerations convention.
Photo © Christel Dee.

“You’re barred!” cries the lady pulling the pints, as Doris scuttles away to presumably order a frappuccino and croissant instead. It’s the last weekend of September 2016 and Doctor Who Magazine is at the Village Hotel, a homely three-star stop-off a stone’s throw from Swansea’s waterfront, at the Regenerations Doctor Who convention. It’s been the home of Regens, as its attendees fondly call it (others opt for Reggie), for most of the past eight years, and this weekend the convention is celebrating its unexpected resurrection.

Since Regens’ beginnings in the midnoughties (back then its base was Swansea’s Marriott Hotel, a few miles north from here), it’s become a must-go event for British Who fans. But in 2013 organiser Cary Woodward decided he’d had enough. “The show was 50, I was 50 – it seemed like the logical time to stop,” he tells us. His willpower cracked in 2015, however, when attending another convention as a regular punter. “Literally all weekend it was people saying to me, ‘Oh, we miss it, September was always an ideal time’, nag nag nag nag nag. In the end I gave in and said, ‘Right, I’ll do it again in September 2016!’ So here we are again!”

Yep, here we are again. For the 200 punters and the 24 guests here, it seems very much like business as usual.

Cary Woodward stands by the side of the stage as Colin Baker plugs his latest Big Finish CDs.
Photo © Mark Freshney.
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The bumper 100-page Christmas 2016 issue of Doctor Who Magazine contains a wealth of seasonal goodies including: a huge preview of the 2016 Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, with contributions from writer Steven Moffat and director Ed Balazgette; exclusive interviews with Matt Lucas, who plays new companion Nardole, and guest-star Justin Chatwin; a brand-new Christmas comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Jess: "Be Forgot"; a feature which reveals the Doctor's amazing superhero-like abilities!; The Fact of Fiction looks in-depth at 2006’s Christmas Special The Runaway Bride, with new insights from writer Russell T Davies; a look back at all the things that have happened in the universe of Doctor Who in 2016; The Time Team watch The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor and 2010's A Christmas Carol; a look at how the Doctor Who Pinball Table has been recreated for a new generation; the Watcher's fiendishly festive Christmas quiz; plus previews, reviews, official news and much more!