The Doctors are in this weekend at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention.
As usual, the fifth annual comic convention will feature a wide array of actors and artists from popular franchises including Star Wars, Star Trek and Power Rangers, and pop culture figures such as The Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, from Happy Days; 1980s video starlet Tawny Kitaen and ’80s teen queen Tiffany — yes, Tiffany.
But topping the bill are four stars from the Doctor Who series, including three actors who have played the title role. The series began in 1963 and became a British television institution, running in the United States on PBS. The original run ended in 1989. In 2005, after a couple of false starts, the series was revived, and original episodes air on BBC America.
Over the years, 12 actors have played the doctor, a time lord who travels in a Tardis, a blue police call box that was common when the show started, helping to save civilizations. Unlike other series, such as the James Bond franchise, where new actors just take over the role, transitions from one doctor to the next are explained in Doctor Who, and the doctors sometimes meet. William Hartnell originated the role in 1963; Peter Capaldi has played the part since 2014.
The doctors headed to Lexington this weekend are from the original run of the series.
▪ Peter Davison was the fifth doctor, playing the part from 1981 to 1984. He is now on the American export Law & Order: UK.
▪ Colin Baker was the sixth doctor, from 1984 to 1986. Aside from playing the doctor, he has had a busy career in British TV and movies.
▪ Sylvester McCoy, the seventh doctor, from 1987 to 1989, is a Shakespearean actor and opera singer whose geek-attracting credits also include playing the wizard Radagast the Brown in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit series.
The other member of the Who crew hails from the newer incarnation of the series: Karen Gillan, who played the 11th doctor’s companion, Amy Pond. But you might know Gillan, 28, as Nebula in the 2104 blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. She will reprise her role as the bald, blue, evil sister of green Gamora in the 2017 Guardians sequel.
And that is just the topline of this year’s Lexington Comic Con, which has more stars than you can fit in a Tardis ... well, that you would presume you could fit in one.
If you go
Lexington Comic and Toy Convention
When: Fri.-Sun.; general admission 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and additional hours for VIP ticket holders only; see website.
Where: Lexington Center, 431 W. Vine St.
Tickets: $35 Sat.; $20 Sun.; two-day pass $45; free ages 10 and younger free. VIP tickets sold out. See website for other ticketed events.