Academia is Whoniversal This November, head out to Cardiff University for a 3-day academic conference about all things Doctor Who called "Whoniversal' Appeal: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference on Doctor Who and All of its Spin-Offs." Organizer Melissa Beattie writes, "We have content on Classic and New Who, Torchwood, and Sarah Jane, and so far have writers Paul Cornell and Rob Shearman lined up, in addition to media scholars Matt Hills and Una McCormack." The franchise turns 45 years old this year, and the academic nerd community at Cardiff felt "the iconic nature of the show should be celebrated with an examination of what it and its daughter series have given to global society." Wish I could be there: Professors plus pop culture equals my favorite flavor of brains. [Whoniversal Appeal]