Chicago TARDIS, the Midwest’s largest Doctor Who event, brings together fans every Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the world’s longest-running science fiction television show. “By fans, for fans” is the convention model – organized by fans of Doctor Who, for fans of Doctor Who. Chicago TARDIS has dozens of volunteers that work hard to put the convention together each year.
This is a weekend-long event is held at The Westin Chicago Lombard, 25 minutes outside of Chicago.
Sophia Myles portrayed Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson aka Madame de Pompadour in Steven Moffat’s “The Girl in the Fireplace” in 2006 against the tenth Doctor (David Tennant). She later played Rania Chuma in the Fourth Doctor Adventures audio stories Kill the Doctor! and The Age of Sutekh. In 2020, she reprised her Doctor Who role in a minisode sequel written by Steven Moffat as broadcast on YouTube where she voiced the ship from The Girl in the Fireplace episode
She also contributed to the charity reference book Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who.
Kevin McNally played Hugo Lang in the Doctor Who serial The Twin Dilemma opposite the sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) He portrayed Professor Eustacius Jericho in Village of the Angels across from the 13th Doctor (Jodi Whittaker) returning in Survivors of the Flux and The Vanquishers.
He has also voiced several characters for Big Finish Productions.
Sophie portrayed Ace in the original television starting at the end of season 24 (DragonFire Serial) with the 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy). She left the series after it’s classic run with season 26 (Survival serial). She has since reprised the role for Dimensions in Time and audio stories produced by Big Finish. She recently appeared in the last episode of the 13th (Jodie Whittaker) Doctor’s arc, The Power of the Doctor.
He became best known for playing the seventh incarnation of the Doctor from 1987 to 1989 and is known as the final Doctor of the original run. He briefly returned to the character in the 1996 series a television film in 1996 and has been most recently seen in the in the last episode of the 13th (Jodie Whittaker) Doctor’s arc, The Power of the Doctor.
He is also recognized by many as Radagast in The Hobbit film series (2012–2014).
Bhavnisha Parmar is a part of the Doctor Who universe through her role as companion Yasmin Kahn’s sister, Sonya. With this role, she has appeared in series 11, 12, and 13 of the show against the 13th Doctor (Jodie Whittaker).
Daisy Ashford has played various characters in several Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories and spin-offs, including taking over the role of the the third Doctor’s (Jon Pertwee) companion Liz Shaw from her mother, Caroline John, in 2019.
Best known as the Second Doctor’s (Patrick Troughton) companion Jamie McCrimmon.
Frazer has been featured as both Jamie McCrimmon and the Second Doctor in countless Big Finish Audio productions. His role as Jamie McCrimmon is ongoing.
Author Diana Gabaldon credits watching Frazer Hines in the Doctor Who serial The War Games (and finding him fetching in a kilt) as the inspiration for her first novel Outlander, which is now on screen via the TV netword STARZ. Frazer even made a guest appearance in the first season of the show.
Jason Haigh-Ellery founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of audio dramas in the world. They have worked regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Judge Dredd, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. In 2013, Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who.
In 2011, Jason also founded the animation house Planet 55 Studios in Sydney, Australia, working first with the BBC on two animated versions of Doctor Who and now producing the original 26 part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC.
Lauren Cornelius has appeared in several productions for Big Finish and is most famous for reprising the role of Dorothea “Dodo” Chaplet – companion to the First Doctor (William Hartnell, David Bradley) . Dodo’s Big Finish debut was in “The Secrets of Det-Sen” alongside Peter Purves in 2021. Her most recent adventures alongside Stephen Noonan as the First Doctor are available to listen to now via Big Finish.
Further Big Finish credits include playing East End cinema usherette Ivy Clark in “The Creeping Death” alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate, Judith Shakespeare in The First Doctor Adventures: The Hollow Crown, Anjlis in The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Planet of Witches alongside Tom Baker, and as Maxine Mitchell in The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller alongside Eighth Doctor Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith.
Voiced of the First Doctor in several of The First Doctor Adventures audio stories by Big Finish Productions.
Best known in the world of Doctor Who for portraying the Third Doctor in numerous Big Finish Productions audio dramas, Tim also has many theatre, television, and movie credits to his name.
She played companion Zoe Heriot with Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) in the seventh serial of season five (Wheel in Space) through to the seventh serial of season six( The War Games). She has since revised her role in The Five Doctors. She has since continued the role of Zoe in several Big Finish audio productions.
About Chicago TARDIS:
Alien Entertainment, the company behind Chicago TARDIS, is a local small business dedicated to bringing you new and vintage toys, collectibles, apparel, accessories, and more – all from your favorite nerdy fandoms. The showrunner and founder, Gene Smith, began Chicago TARDIS because of his love of and desire to connect with the community.