This photo. I’m dead. I *just* joined Tumblr, so I hope I’m doing this right - I just wanted to share this story with everyone.
MegaCon Tampa 2016 was my (and my kids’) first con and it was the most amazing experience. I was so nervous about the photos because I paid a LOT of money for the photo/autograph package and my kids tend to make silly faces in pictures and not smile. My 3yo (mini doctor) does not like strangers (and I wasn’t sure whether, at his age, he would make the connection that this tall bearded man is the actor who plays “the spiky hair Doctor” on TV and therefore we love him.) Afraid he would just see DT as “random bearded stranger”, I was envisioning an awkward disaster, but reminded myself that whatever happened would be a fun memory regardless.
I was elated to find out that our photos and autographs would be 1st thing in the morning since we had purchased the “Ultimate Fan Experience” package. I knew at least the kids would be at their best and probably not cranky yet. We arrived early and stood in line with some of the most amazing people. My mini doctor was finally allowed to play with his sonic screwdriver, and everyone was very patient with his incessant “sonic-ing” at their costumes, jewelry, merchandise, and various body parts.
We walked into the photo “booth” with about 2 people in front of us, as David & Billie’s faces both lit up when they saw the kids in costume. I think Billie even pointed at mini Rose. I told the person in charge that it would be just the kids in the photo, and she motioned me to stand by the cameraman during the photo. I am SO GLAD I was not in the photo because I got to see the entire scene unfold.
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David bent down, opened his arms enthusiastically to my son, and said, “Come here!” Then something magical happened - my son went right to him without hesitating and David picked him right up and turned toward the camera. It was adorable and precious and so many other adjectives but mostly just random letters produced by flailing at the keyboard because adjectives don’t do it justice. Both kids and myself were beaming as we stepped out of the booth to retrieve our photo - but the photo checker motioned us BACK INTO the booth (I’m guessing one of the kids blinked during the photo). I was devastated - there was NO WAY the whole scene would go as well the second time. We squeezed back into the area, and David again opened his arms to my little guy. He practically ran into David’s arms, like he was greeting his daddy coming home after a long day at work. It was incredible. In fact, my mini doctor was so enamored with David, he forgot all about his precious sonic screwdriver until David reminded him, “Point the sonic! Right there! Right at the camera!” It was just amazing seeing David so attentive to my son. Several of the people behind us in line also got to witness the magic and have told me that the scene was one of the highlights of THEIR MegaCon as well! And most of my fangirling has been over David, but the fact that my mini Rose is also smiling in this pic is a HUGE testament to Billie’s sweetness and friendliness. We had literally practiced making a nice smile for the photo and all I got was a blank stare. Rose is by far my daughter’s favorite companion and I know she was completely thrilled at meeting Billie and how Billie squealed over her costume (On a side note, Eleven WAS her favorite Doctor - but I think she is a TEN convert now after meeting David!)
We moved on to the autograph line and waited while David and Billie finished the rest of the photos. My 7yo (mini Rose) wanted to say something to David - I wasn’t sure we would have time to say much at all but when we got to David I said, “She wanted to tell you something” and he patiently leaned over the table to hear her and said, “What did you want to tell me?” She told him she loved his performance in Much Ado, and I mentioned that she was a big fan of Shakespeare after watching him in Much Ado and Hamlet. He said “Oh, I love hearing that!”
She also got to ask him a question in the DT/BP panel at the end of the day, but I will save that for another post!