WhoFest started because Tim Miller wanted to have a party to watch the 50th anniversary Doctor Who Special. It quickly became clear that his living room was not going to be large enough so the event was moved to a larger facility. Started by many of the same people that run FenCon WhoFest was brought under the banner of The Dallas Future Society, a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation.
The First WhoFest was November 23-24, 2013, over the 50th anniversary weekend of the first episode of Doctor Who. We had no guests from the show. but has several local and regional fans that participated and led program discussions throughout the weekend. Membership was capped at 1000, which was about 950 than we were expecting when we started planning the event. We had 3 rooms set up to watch "The Day of the Doctor" as it went out live worldwide. It took place at the Crowne Plaza in Addison, TX. Jim Mahaffey was the chairman
"WhoFest 2 and the Irving Invasion" was 17 months later, April 23-25, 2015 at the Westin DFW Airport Hotel in Irving Texas. As well as several returning fan program participants, we also welcomed Colin Baker "the 6th Doctor;" Nicola Bryant "Perri, the companion to the 6th Doctor; Terry Molloy "Davros" in the 1980s stories as well as on Big Finish; Nicholas Briggs who is the "Voice of the Daleks" as well as the Cybermen and several other alien monsters on the new series. We had 850 people attend.
WhoFest is different from many other media conventions. We focus on the total experience for all fans in attendance, providing many opportunities to hear our guests speak about their experiences within and even outside the world of Doctor Who. There is more to WhoFest than long lines for autographs.
WhoFest is also different as we are 100% volunteer driven and have no paid staff. The Dallas Future Society is an entirely volunteer run organization. We also work to raise money for a charity at each of our conventions.