Police Intervene in Star Wars-Doctor Who Convention Altercation

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Police Intervene in Star Wars-Doctor Who Convention Altercation

Star Trek TOS screen cap

If you want to roll with the Whovians, you can't be afraid to throw down when some Star Wars jackwagon gets out of line.

It was a fine spring day this past weekend at an event hosted by the Norwich Star Wars Club and all was well - until members of the Norwich Sci-Fi Club decided to crash the party. Sci-Fi Club Treasurer Jim Poole claimed Star Wars Club organizer Richard Walker tried to bounce him as he sought an autograph from Graham Cole, who according to Wikipedia appeared, often uncredited, in numerous 1980s episodes of Doctor Who. Words were exchanged; they then took it outside, where more words were exchanged.

Reports of a man being assaulted led to police intervention in the standoff, which involved more than a dozen fans from both sides, some in "fancy dress," according to the Norwich Evening News. The situation was tense - these were serious sci-fi hardballers on the scene - but fortunately police were able to contain the matter before anyone got shanked with a sonic screwdriver, or came into any other kind of unwanted physical contact with a stranger.

"After lengthy investigation, talking to witnesses and reviewing good CCTV footage, it was confirmed that there was no assault," a police spokesman said. "The two rival groups were spoken to and advised to keep out of each other's way."

Representatives from both groups said a "long-running rivalry" existed between them, and the Star Wars club claimed that Doctor Who fans had tried to undermine the convention by posting nasty comments about it on Facebook. Nonetheless, the two sides expressed hope that they could work out their differences for the greater good of the galaxy.

Source: Norwich Evening News

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And you use a picture from Star Trek.

You sly dog, Andy.

.... I want that CCTV footage. I'll give you 200 quakloos.

Now really. We all know it's only a matter of time before this really boils over and we get the Japanophiles wielding katana's.

It's all fun and games until someone looses their head. Literally.

Just be glad Joel Shumacher didn't show up =/

Chrono212:
Now really. We all know it's only a matter of time before this really boils over and we get the Japanophiles wielding katana's.

It's all fun and games until someone looses their head. Literally.

...Or until someone's sword shatters like ice and takes out someone's eye, which I should think would be more likely.

OT: I'm trying to imagine what exactly was going through the heads of the police who responded. I really haven't got a clue.

I love how, in the end, it always, always boils down to tribal conflict. Stay classy, humanity.

I read this just after watching this weeks rhymedown spectacular and heard it as prose.

OT: fortunately there was a police box nearby to call them and they did respond at hyperspeed (I'm sorry)

Damn. I remember the old wars, where it was just the Starwarsians vs. the Trekkies. Now Whovians are in te mix? This must be how nations felt during the Cold War, where the lines between good and evil have blurred.

I like this. It's a good indicator that us British folk have moved on since the London riots of two years ago.

That would have been the funniest fight ever! Hard core nerds arguing, some in cosplay about star wars and dr who ... for many it would have been a first fight and for the rest the keyboards would have bore the brunt of the nerd rage.

Forums everywhere burnt to a crisp from the built up rage.

Sometimes you just gotta let some shit slide and realize you're fighting over sci-fi, nothing at all meaningful.... same goes for games.

I can't wait until they all pull out their weapons and start going real sci-fi on eachothers asses with lightsabers and whatnot!

omega 616:
That would have been the funniest fight ever! Hard core nerds arguing, some in cosplay about star wars and dr who ... for many it would have been a first fight and for the rest the keyboards would have bore the brunt of the nerd rage.

Forums everywhere burnt to a crisp from the built up rage.

Sometimes you just gotta let some shit slide and realize you're fighting over sci-fi, nothing at all meaningful.... same goes for games.

There was never an assault though that's the best part! It was verbal assault over Facebook and a little namecalling in person.

This. This is as nerdy as it gets. Even our rivalries consist of calling each other names and then telling on them.

Thyunda:

omega 616:
That would have been the funniest fight ever! Hard core nerds arguing, some in cosplay about star wars and dr who ... for many it would have been a first fight and for the rest the keyboards would have bore the brunt of the nerd rage.

Forums everywhere burnt to a crisp from the built up rage.

Sometimes you just gotta let some shit slide and realize you're fighting over sci-fi, nothing at all meaningful.... same goes for games.

There was never an assault though that's the best part! It was verbal assault over Facebook and a little namecalling in person.

This. This is as nerdy as it gets. Even our rivalries consist of calling each other names and then telling on them.

I was speaking hypothetically, "That would have been".

Like any star wars fans or dr who fans are going to go all rioty ever, not like football or hockey fans that wreck shit up caveman style ... nerds will call each other long words and use memes.

So I take it there was never any scene of the Fourth Doctor using his enormous scarf to strangle three gorns at the same time? That's pretty disappointing...

And this is part of the reason why, as far as the world at large knows, I've never watched any SF.

I cannot take this seriously. All I can envision is a bunch of high school kids slapping each other.

an annoyed writer:
Damn. I remember the old wars, where it was just the Starwarsians vs. the Trekkies. Now Whovians are in te mix? This must be how nations felt during the Cold War, where the lines between good and evil have blurred.

I'm just glad the Browncoats and Bronies have enough tact not to get involved in shenanigans like this. Or the Whedonites, for that matter.

Not that I'm surprised, though. Up here in Quebec, the Medieval Historical Re-enactment types get in heated online tiffs with the more generic Elves-and-Goblins LARPers.

omega 616:

Thyunda:

omega 616:
That would have been the funniest fight ever! Hard core nerds arguing, some in cosplay about star wars and dr who ... for many it would have been a first fight and for the rest the keyboards would have bore the brunt of the nerd rage.

Forums everywhere burnt to a crisp from the built up rage.

Sometimes you just gotta let some shit slide and realize you're fighting over sci-fi, nothing at all meaningful.... same goes for games.

There was never an assault though that's the best part! It was verbal assault over Facebook and a little namecalling in person.

This. This is as nerdy as it gets. Even our rivalries consist of calling each other names and then telling on them.

I was speaking hypothetically, "That would have been".

Like any star wars fans or dr who fans are going to go all rioty ever, not like football or hockey fans that wreck shit up caveman style ... nerds will call each other long words and use memes.

Are you implying a Whovian can't get violent?

Fucking nerds! The number one cause of all the bad stuff that happens in the world.

The Doctor would win in a fight against Jedi, but it would never get to that point because he prefers to run away!

It sounds like the Star Wars club was in the wrong here, all the dude wanted was an autograph. Unless I'm missing something.

Wow. I freely admit that I'm quite a nerdy guy- I know more than I'm comfortable admitting to most people about Star Wars, classic sci-fi literature, the Elder Scrolls and Pokemon. My bathrobe has the Imperial Crest on it and I have a plastic lightsaber.

But jesus fucking christ, this is taking it to a new level. I mean, beyond D&D levels of nerdiness. The guy they wanted an autograph from wasn't even a major character! And from 20 year old episodes. I guess the only question that remains is: Can we see the CCTV footage?

This is another disturbing case of nerd-on-nerd violence. This is truly a sad day.

Ahhhhhh, my hometown! From local reports this was a very minor incident that has been blown out of all proportion because "ha ha, look at the nerds"........ still.... ha ha, look at the nerds!

They have so much in common now though what with the disgrace that is the latest incarnations of each.

xplosive59:
Fucking nerds! The number one cause of all the bad stuff that happens in the world.

Never was there a more honest statement than this made here. Terrorists, nothing; corrupt politicians, small potatoes; soulless businessmen, not important!
We must seek out all of those who own either a d20, comic book, video game console, or extensive movie collection. And if we should find someone with all of that and more, God help us.

I wish I lived in Norwich now. Now that's a gang war I'd love to see.

Elberik:
I cannot take this seriously. All I can envision is a bunch of high school kids slapping each other.

You've got it easy.

I'm picturing a mass of cosplayers (of all shapes, sizes, and costume qualities). Some are dressed as the Doctor, pointing their sonic screwdrivers and going "wirwirwirwirwirwir", while the rest are Darth Vaders standing opposite them a few meters away, doing the force choke motion while mimicking the rough breathing sound effect.... for a measurable and uncomfortable duration of time. This image is accompanied by complete silence.

The "altercation" occurs when a rogue Vader runs across the gap and the first lightsaber is swung. The silence is broken by the "paff" of a hollow plastic tube striking a dapper hairdo.

I'm surprised no-one was arrested, it is Britain after all.

I wonder what they had for breakfast, an infected spinal column in a bab ?.

itsthesheppy:
I love how, in the end, it always, always boils down to tribal conflict. Stay classy, humanity.

Well, tribal conflict in East Anglia usually involves picking on people with no webbing between their fingers and toes* (North American Escapists, feel free to re-purpose Alabama incest jokes...)

*Allegedly.

NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERDS!!!

This is just plain silly

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Imagine there's no conventions
I wonder if you can
No need for slurs or elitism
A brotherhood of fans
Imagine all the virgins
living life in peace

you may call me a casual follower
but I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will grow up
and the universe will be as one

Why are these guys even in conflict? I can see the Trek vs. Wars thing, but I've never heard of anyone being anti-Doctor. Are they doing it just to be relevant? Like North Korea threatening to blow up the States?

What we need here is a love in with Mark Hamill, Dave Tennant (he's my fav Dr.) and William Shatner.

For SCIENCE!

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