Day two of the San Diego Who Con was filled with purchases, exciting panels, and some technology mishaps around the convention. The day started off with a great panel about feminism within Doctor Who led by Dr. Rosanne Welch. She led us through all of the female companions and looked at them through a feminist lens. It was an interesting take on the female perspective with Doctor Who and how much the outlook is actually lacking. A statistic that hammered home that notion with me is that out of 842 episodes there have only been 9 writers who were female. That is a compelling statistic, and I walked away from that panel thinking that a female perspective is a necessary and worthwhile one to have.
After this panel is when the technology mishaps began to start to take shape at the convention. It turned out that the hotel had lost Internet connection. Well, some of the panels that we had wanted to see depended upon Internet connection. We tried one panel, and they were working a phone call over a loudspeaker. Needless to say, it was ineffective, and the phone call was garbled and difficult to understand. So, we decided to go and get lunch at the hotel restaurant, Postcards American Bistro. The lunch was excellent. I had a caesar salad with chicken and Tanika had the turkey club sandwich with fries. Both were large portions.
|Chicken Caesar Salad|
|The Turkey Club Sandwich|
After lunch, Tanika and I wanted to try another panel, but it was unfortunately canceled due to the Internet still being out of commission. So we decided to just chill for a bit, and I went shopping in the vendor hall. I bought some beautiful blueprint designs of the U.S.S Enterprise. One is of Kirk’s Enterprise and Picard’s Enterprise. They were only $10 each, so how could I have passed them up? You are right, I couldn’t pass them up, and so I decided to buy them.
|Captain Picard’s Enterprise|
|Booklet of Kirk’s Enterprise Blueprint Designs|
I also decided to bid on a couple silent auction items which I hope I won, but I won’t find out until tomorrow morning due to me leaving early. The next panel we decided to try was called “Collecting Doctor Who: An American Perspective.” It was an exciting discussion about collecting and how and why it is done. The leader of the panel had a great collection himself of Doctor Who memorabilia even an old audio recording back when it was on PBS. An excellent discussion and I hope there is another one next year. The final panel we attended accomplished two things combining Harry Potter and Doctor Who and keeping me entertained by it. For this panel, they sorted various Doctor Who characters into the different Hogwarts houses. It was a fun discussion about how these characters might fit into the various houses of Hogwarts. Since I am a Ravenclaw, you could say I was bias on some of the answers.
Once this panel was done, we decided to call it a night and head home to get prepared for the final day. If you enjoyed this day, please read our day one adventure SD Day One Adventure. Subscribe to us if you want to learn about day three!