Published on January 25th, 2016 | by Heather Botelho
Doctor Who Random Fandom Program
The Tenth Doctor is the best Doctor. There, I said it. That sound you may hear is the arguing of Whovians everywhere over which Doctor is their favorite. It has been over fifty years since the first episode of Doctor Who, and ten years since the reboot when the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, said his first word to Rose Tyler. (Pop Quiz: What was the Doctor’s first word to Rose? Hint: Some things never change. The answer, if you really need it, is at the end of the article).
With thousands of fans all over the world, it was a no-brainer to have a Doctor Who Random Fandom, and it was one of my most successful Random Fandom programs. The challenge was paring down the activities to fit a 1.5 hour program, as well as making it significantly different from the program I had for the 50th anniversary program I had two years ago, considering it was likely I would have some repeat attendees. If you’re interested in having your own Doctor Who fandom program, here’s an overview of what we did:
Pin the Bow Tie on the Doctor
I found a high resolution picture of the Eleventh Doctor and printed a large poster. I taped sheets together and laminated them, but if you have access to a poster printer, a professional printer, or an actual poster, that’s even better! I also laminated the bow ties (because bow ties are cool), and that’s all there was to it. This was a great game to play while they trickled in because it didn’t take the whole group, and it didn’t matter if people were having conversations while it was going on. If I’d had time, I was also going to have Pin the Sand Shoes on the Tenth Doctor and Pin the Sonic Sunglasses on the Twelfth Doctor.
This time for Heads Up, I split them into two teams, Heroes and Villains. I used our projector again to show the characters and the winning team got bragging rights. That was the intention. While I had plenty of Whovians in attendance, I also had teens there that had never seen the show but like to come to every Random Fandom because it’s always fun. If you play this game, I suggest making a ground rule that clues based on the number of the Doctor or the phonetic pronunciation of a name should only be used as a last resort, because while “V + the name of the main guy in Pokemon + ta and Nevada-but-with-an-R” is a hilarious clue, “count the shadows” would be a better clue for serious players.
Weeping Angel Freeze Tag
This is a great game for a sizable group, but when I first suggested it, my teens looked at me with their “You expect us to run?” face. Weeping Angel Freeze Tag involves no running, but it does require an open room where you can control the lights. I’ve read about different versions of this game, but here’s how we played. We only had one Weeping Angel (BBC has a printable mask, or you can buy an actual mask from ThinkGeek), and we also had a Doctor, represented by the person holding my sonic screwdriver. Everyone else was an innocent bystander. Let’s call them Sallys. When I turned the lights off, representing a very long blink, everyone moved around the room. When the lights came back on, whoever the Weeping Angel was pointing at was sent back in time, and therefore eliminated, unless the Doctor happened to be pointing the sonic screwdriver at the Weeping Angel. That caused the old Angel to be eliminated, and the person they chose became the new Weeping Angel. After a few rounds, we started regenerating the Doctor so that more people could have a chance to be the Doctor and be safe from elimination. When it was down to the last three people, the Weeping Angel won if he or she was pointing at the Sally or the Doctor but hadn’t been caught. The Doctor and Sally won if the Doctor caught the Weeping Angel. This was a fun game, and even those who had been eliminated called out advice from the sidelines. Feel free to use my variation or come up with your own!
Occasionally, we use board games in our Random Fandom programs because my teens like them and they go with the theme. This time, I was able to provide actual Doctor Who Clue, Doctor Who Monopoly, and Doctor Who: The Card Game. They split up to play these games until the program ended.
Other Ideas to Consider
There were things I didn’t do this time because we either did for the anniversary program, the teens aren’t interested, or I ran out of time. We didn’t do trivia, and there’s really no better way to take up an entire hour than with Doctor Who trivia, but my Teen Advisory Group wanted to spend that time doing other things. We didn’t do the TARDIS photo booth that I did for the anniversary program, mostly because I didn’t have time to paint another refrigerator box. By the way, getting a store to donate a refrigerator box is the easy part. Finding a way to get it to the library without a truck is another story. I was also going to serve fish fingers and custard (it’s actually not as gross as it sounds), but ran out of time. Add Jammie Dodgers and tea, and you’ve got yourself Doctor Who refreshments!
Last month, to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we held a Star Wars Random Fandom. If you have any questions about Doctor Who Random Fandom, or any other fandom program, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!