The original Anglicon (or "Classic Anglicon", as we like to call it) was conceived in 1987 and became an annual convention and 501(c)3 non-profit with any proceeds donated to KBTC, a PBS affiliate in Tacoma, Washington and, until recently, the only U.S. station which still aired classic Doctor Who episodes regularly.
The first Anglicon was held in 1988 in Seattle, Washington. The last Classic Anglicon (Anglicon XVII) was held in 2004. Declining preregistration and hotel reservations forced the cancelation of Anglicon XVIII in 2006.
Nobody at that time could have guessed that a golden age for British media in America was just around the corner...
A celebration of Conventions Past
Before Anglicon, media conventions in Washington State had not fared very well. In the 1970s, small cons like Seacon and KingCon gave way to the Puget Sound Star Trekker's conventions and PSST Con II in 1978. Although it was a great experience for attendees, PSST Con lost $13,000. In 1983, Futurefest, held in downtown Seattle, failed to attract enough attendees to break even. It was followed by two disasters in Spokane in 1986, one for "Doctor Who" and one for "Star Trek."
Understandably, by 1987 the phrase "media con" was not very popular.
A small group of fans thought they could mount a small, cost-effective media convention for fans of every series to come celebrate their favorite movies and shows. In March 1987, during Alternacon, the first proto-Anglicon meeting was held. Attendees included DJ Driscoll, Eleanor Fadgen, Jeanne Hutton, Paul Johnson, Ryan K. Johnson, Pat McMahon, Michelle Roberts, and Sally Woehrle. They resolved to hold a small, media-oriented convention in 1988 with one guest and an expected 300 fans.
They decided that Anglicon would be a British media convention and, for its first year, would highlight the British series "Blake's 7" and writer Terry Erdman. With DJ Driscoll as Chair, they sent invitations to Paul Darrow and Michael Keating, but only Mr. Darrow was able to attend. Paramount Pictures publicist Terry Erdmann also attended. They chose Ryan K. Johnson as the Fan Guest.
Anglicon 1988 at the Seattle Hyatt (now Quality Inn) Hotel): 330 fans attended and, due to a busy traders room, an excellent art show, and incredible enthusiasm of Avon himself (Paul Darrow) the con was a big hit with fans.
Anglicon 1989 at the Seattle Hyatt The show under the spotlight was "Robin of Sherwood", the Showtime Original series, with fans coming together to celebrate the show.
Anglicon 1990 at the Radisson (formerly the Seattle Hyatt). Guests included Roy Dotrice ("Beauty and the Beast") and Nicholas Courtney, whose appearances as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in "Doctor Who" spanned more than 20 years.
Anglicon 1991 at the Holiday Inn, Renton, WA. The guests of honor were Lysette Antony ("Dark Shadows"), Karen Dotrice ("Mary Poppins"), and her husband Alex Hyde-White ("Biggles: Adventures in Time").
Anglicon 1992 at the Radisson, featured guest Richard Hatch ("Battlestar Galactica") as the guest of honor.
Anglicon 1993 featured Colin Baker ("Doctor Who" - 6th Doctor), and actor/musician Michael Des Barres.
Anglicon 1994 at the Quality Inn, featured Craig Charles (Lister from "Red Dwarf") and screen writer Terry McDonnell.
Anglicon 1995 featured Nigel Bennett ("Forever Knight") and writer/performer Randy Rogel.
Anglicon 1996 featured Anneke Wills (companion Polly in "Doctor Who"), along with Gillian Horvarth and Donna Lettow of "Highlander: The Series" as writer guests of honor.
Anglicon 1997 - tenth anniversary - featured Peter Wingfield and Marcus Testory ("Highlander: The Series"), along with popular writers Rebecca Neason, Donna Lettow and Gillian Horvarth. A surprise guest appearance by Phillip Segal was a tremendous hit in the Charity Auction.
Anglicon 1998 featured John Levene ("Doctor Who") and Danny John-Jules ("Red Dwarf") and a return visit from Craig Charles ("Red Dwarf"), Eric Hoffman, and Kevin Brockschmidt.
Anglicon 1999 celebrated Babylon 5 with Jason Carter, Richard Biggs, Stephen Austin, and Maggie Egan.
Anglicon 2000 brought back Stephen Austin (Babylon 5), Erin Gray (Buck Rogers, Silver Spoons), Michael Forrest (Star Trek, Zorro) and Robin Atkin Downes (Babylon 5, Charmed).
Anglicon 2001 celebrated the fantastical past with Robert Trebor (Hercules: the Legendary Journeys). Jane and John Llewellyn Moxey and Heather Alexander also joined us.
Anglicon 2002 included guests Terry English, John Moxey, and Heather Alexander.
Anglicon 2003 featured Bill Blair and Donna McMahon.
Anglicon 2004 and for the first time, Steampunk took centre stage, with a celebration of the genre! Kaja and Phil Foglio were the 2004 guests of honor.
The original Anglicon team disbanded at this point, and despite moving onto other events, were still in regular contact. The suggestion that Anglicon might return has always a topic close to the teams hearts, but despite enthusiasm, the timing was not right.
Then… one magical day in 2014, the word went out. Anglicon was coming back. And with a mixture of old and new people at the helm, it would be bigger and more ambitious than before…
Anglicon 2015: The Regeneration saw Anglicon return in a blaze of glory after a decade. The old team reunited for a weekend of British Science Fiction, and keeping with the Regeneration theme, all of our guests were from the different eras of Doctor Who! The good Doctor himself Colin Baker, alongside companions Jo Grant (played by Katy Manning) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) with New Doctor Who represented by monster actor Jon Davey. Author Todd J. McCaffrey also attended the event. A fun and memorable weekend for all who took part!
Anglicon 2016: Bigger on the Inside built upon the success of "The Regeneration" by offering expanded programming options and special events. Our celebrity guests were Dan Starkey, Annette Badland, Norman Lovett and Terry Molloy. Makeup artist Dutch Bihary (Skin Wars, Fresh Paint) also joined us and demonstrated his astounding talents.
Anglicon 2017: The Day of the Doctors. Not one but two former Doctor Who’s joined us for a celebration of the Timelord. Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy were our guests of honor, meeting with fans and taking part in all manner of activities during their time in the city. They were joined by canine actor Bently The Poor Corgi Actor – the corgi who appeared in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and Cat Cosplay also paid us a visit! 2017 also saw the first of our Kickstarter prop build projects, with The Tardis Console, the Masters Tardis and Ten Downing Street on display at the event.