• Title

    Panopticon Genesis

  • Starring

    John Leeson
    Mat Irvine
    Terrance Dicks
    Louise Jameson

On August 6th 1977, the world’s first Doctor Who convention was held in a church hall in Battersea, South London.

Organised by The Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS), Convention ’77 was ground breaking, featuring star appearances from the, then, current Doctor Tom Baker with his latest assistant Louise Jameson and former Doctor Who Jon Pertwee. Together with autograph sessions, a display of props, a visual FX lecture by Mat Irvine and talks by Terrance Dicks and producer Graham Williams, this convention set the tone for the future and led directly to the legendary DWAS PanoptiCons of the 1980s and 90s.

40 years later, stars, guests, fans and organisers returned to the church hall to reminiscence about that special day … what they expected and what they experienced. Also, to evaluate its importance … what it started … and what it led to!

Film and video cameras were too expensive to record the event, so we’ve scoured the archives of fans to uncover a treasure trove of material to illustrate this fascinating production about a unique event in Doctor Who history!

Technical details, RTP 0492

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