Awesome Con Sure to Impress with ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Teminator,’ William Shatner, and More

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Awesome Con in Washington, DC. The convention, which spans three days, originally promoted the arrival of all three members of the Pond family: Rory, Amy, and River from “Doctor Who.” Sadly, Karen Gillan had to bow out of her slated appearance, but it should still be a great time with Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston on hand for their respective panels, autograph sessions, and photo-ops. Perhaps the biggest question for “Who” fans is whether or not River Song will return, this time opposite Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor.

Tomorrow these halls will be teeming with Awesome Con attendees.

Tomorrow these halls will be teeming with Awesome Con attendees. (Photo: Pat Cuadros)

While the Pond family is a big highlight of the upcoming weekend, it’s hardly the main event, as many other exciting guests will be present.  Here’s a rundown of panelists that you should check out, if you’re coming to DC:

William Shatner and George Takei

Need I say more? These “Star Trek” legends will undoubtedly pay their respects to the late Leonard Nimoy and also subject the crowds to their unique brand of humor.

Queens of Darkness

Kristin Bauer, Merrin Dungey, and Victoria Smurfit share their insights and answer questions about “Once Upon a Time.” Unfortunately, two other “queens of darkness,” Lana Parrilla and Rebecca Mader, won’t be making an appearance. Zelena’s status in a role of evil is not up for debate, but it seems Regina is a hero with the events of the most recent series.

Michael Biehn

This actor was in the very first “Terminator” film: the one that started the entire franchise. He’ll likely address the upcoming “Genisys” release.

Sean Astin and John Rhys-Davies

That’s Sam and Gimli from “Lord of the Rings.” I don’t think I need to elaborate on this panel. Even Frodo and Legolas fans should attend.

There are many more sessions to keep you entertained: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Starship Troopers,” “Dexter,” and even the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” cartoon series. So maybe you didn’t get tickets to San Diego Comic Con, but as Awesome Con demonstrates, you don’t have to be in San Diego to spot your favorite actors from the hottest televisions shows and films.

Come back early next week, when I report back with highlights about Awesome Con.

To purchase tickets and for a full list of the programming schedule, visit the Awesome Con website.

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