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Whovians and Trekkies from across the state descended on Oshkosh Saturday.

No, it's not a group of Dr. Suess fans, but rather science fiction connoisseurs. The event was a science fiction and comic book mini-convention and auction, sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin Friends of Doctor Who.

For those not into science fiction, Doctor Who is the British equivalent of Star Trek, and the longest-running science fiction show in the world. In its 25th season in England, the show can be seen in this country on public television stations. "What would childhood in England be like without Dr. Who?" asked Larry Siebers of Appleton.

"It's a cool show," said Siebers, a member of the Doctor Who fan club. The secret, and success, of the show lies in the main character, Dr. Who. "There are about seven different characters who play the main character, and each one plays the part differently. The doctors take on a different shape instead of trying to play the same person.

"That is what keeps the show, fresh," Siebers said.

Fans of the show crave anything that may be related to it. During the auction, Siebers paid $35 for a 20-foot, patterned scarf similar to one the doctor used in the show. "Basically, this is the same design as the real one that was used," Siebers said. "If this were an actual scarf used on the show, they would run between $500 and $1,000."

All money raised in the auction will be donated to the Patrick Troughton Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Sacramento, Calif. Troughton, who died recently, was one of the actors who portrayed Doctor Who.

"The next item is the comic book, 'Space Family Robinson'," the auctioner explained. "This book preceded the television show, 'Lost in Space.' The networks swiped the idea," she said.

"Is it a first edition?" one curious buyer asked. "What's the date?"

The comic book started at 50 cents and sold for $2.50.

Everything from autographed pictures of favorite Star Trek characters to a Star Wars picture-disc were available. One of the prime items, however, was a special edition glass backing for a Star Trek pinball machine. The bidding started at $25. Doug Berryman, of Port Edwards, paid $35 for it.

"I've been watching Star Trek since it first came on the air and love it," Berryman said. "I've never seen this type of work before and thought that I should have it."

Caption: Next item Maggie Thompson describes to science fiction fans the next item in an auction by the Northeastern Wisconsin Friends of Doctor Who on Saturday. Novelty items representing the Star Trek television series were among some of the popular auction pieces.

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