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Nineteen Things About Gallifrey Nineteen 
18th-Feb-2008 09:53 pm
Just got back from the Nineteenth Gallifrey Convention in Los Angeles. It was truly a blast! I have every intention of posting some write-ups of some of the niftier panels I was on, including a few juicy bits of news I picked up, but to give a bit of the flavor of the con, here are...

  1. It's a small world. The third person I met at Gallifrey was someone who recognized me from Livejournal. (I didn't get her LJ name, though. Alex, if you should come across this, feel free to drop a line saying "Hi!". Nice 8th Doctor costume, by the way!) The sixth person I met at Gallifrey was someone I recognized from LJ. (The lovely calapine.)

  2. Though it is a small world, there were a couple of people that I know from various online fora whom I didn't manage to meet over the weekend. Sigh. Perhaps next time, I'll be slighly more organized about arranging specifically to meet up with people.

  3. It's useful to keep your ears open: As I was wandering through the dealers' room on Friday morning, I heard a pair of familiar voices, and turned and introduced myself to Doctor Who Podshock's Ken Deep and Louis Trapani.

  4. The dealers' room damage: Six Big Finish audios ("Jubilee", "Spare Parts", "The Last", "Caerdroia", "The Next Life", and "Sapphire and Steel: The Passenger"), About Time volumes 1 and 4, the 8th Doctor novel Halflife, and the New Adventures novel The Also People. Considering the temptations on offer, I think I did fairly well.

  5. One of the great things about the Gallifrey conventions is how accessible even the big star guests are. Sometimes too accessible, if you're a shy type like me who tends to get a bit tongue-tied around people you admire. At one point, I hopped in the elevator and found myself standing next to Sylvester McCoy. I brilliantly said..."Hello!" And that was it. Still, I've been in a small box with Sylvester McCoy, which practically makes me an honorary Doctor Who companion!

  6. I did a bit better when I found myself in the elevator with Paul Cornell. I asked him if he'd written any Doctor Who lately, and he said, no, but his episode of Primeval was airing this weekend. We chatted a bit about Primeval.

  7. Doctor Who fandom is really amazingly international and multi-generational. I met fans from all over the world, and people ranging in age from 5 to 65.

  8. I saw people dressed as the 10th Doctor, the 8th Doctor, the 7th Doctor, the 5th Doctor, the 4th Doctor (as well as a number of 4th Doctor scarves without the rest of the get-up), the 3rd Doctor and the 2nd Doctor. I don't recall seeing any 1st Doctor, 6th Doctor, or 9th Doctor costumes. (Though distinguishing a 9th Doctor costume from "fan wearing leather jacket and jeans" could be tricky.)

  9. I arrived 20 minutes early for Steven Moffatt's live commentary on "Blink", which means I actually got a seat for it. Shaun Lyon has promised that next year, the live commentaries will be in a larger room.

  10. During the live commentary, Steven Moffat semi-accidentally revealed that the title of his episode for season 4 will be "Silence in the Library". Sorry, Doctor Who Magazine.

  11. I hope Moffatt gets a new catchphrase into "Silence in the Library", because "wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey" started getting really old by about noon on Saturday.

  12. Speaking of catchphrases, during the "Just a Minute" game played during the masquerade judging, Rob Shearman, speaking on the subject of "Are you my mummy?", got in a marvelous impromptu rant on "rubbish catchphrases in Doctor Who." I hope somebody puts it up on YouTube.

  13. Also of note during the masquerade judging: Tadao Tomomatsu and Patrick Beckstead led the audience in an impromptu singalong to "Mahna Mahna" and "What a Wonderful World". Complete with dancing.

  14. I saw "Silver Nemesis" for the first time, accompanied by an MST3K-style live commentary by Mysterious Theater 337. This is probably the best way to experience "Silver Nemesis".

  15. Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy, and Andrew Cartmel were supposed to do a live commentary on "Dragonfire", but nobody remembered to bring a VCR to the convention, and "Dragonfire"isn't out on DVD yet. So they and Mark Ayres did a live commentary on "Ghost Light".

  16. I saw "Ghost Light" for the first time, accompanied by live commentary. This probably isn't the best way to experience "Ghost Light" for the first time, because the commentators were talking over all of the dialogue that supposedly lets you figure out what was going on, but it was quite entertaining.

  17. There were many tributes to the late Verity Lambert over the course of the weekend. The more I learn about her, the more remarkable she seems. I'm sorry I never got to see her at a convention.

  18. You heard it here first: Big Finish Productions is the Muppet Show. Jason Haig-Ellery is Kermit, Gary Russell is Gonzo, Simon Guerrier is Beaker, and Paul Cornell is Fozzie. I can't remember if we determined a Muppet identity for Lisa Bowerman or Nick Briggs. (It was something that came up during the Benny panel. Maybe you had to be there.)

  19. Shaun Lyon hinted that there was a strong possibility of a New Series guest and a Torchwood guest at next year's Gallifrey convention. Sounds like next year may be a year not to miss.

19th-Feb-2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Here from who_daily. THere was a Ninth Doctor for a little while at least on Sunday, but we never had a 1st or 6th. (Our Sixth came for a short while, but left before getting into costume; he wasn't feeling well.) Hopefully we'll have the whole line up at ComicCon though! :D (I was there as Two. :D)
20th-Feb-2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Ah, cool! (That was a great Two costume, by the way!) If you do get all ten Doctors at ComicCon, I hope you get photos!
20th-Feb-2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! And we'll definitely have pictures! :D
20th-Feb-2008 12:49 am (UTC) - here from who_daily
And that was it. Still, I've been in a small box with Sylvester McCoy, which practically makes me an honorary Doctor Who companion!

This is an adorable comment. :D
20th-Feb-2008 04:50 am (UTC) - Re: here from who_daily
I was surprised at how thrilling it was to actually meet Sylvester, since he's not really my favorite Doctor. (Though he's not my least favorite, either, not by a long shot.) But he was so sweet, and really a lovely convention guest, and my brain did a little "OMG it's the Doctor!" dance every time I heard him speak.
20th-Feb-2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Ee thankies!

I don't actually have an LJ (...yet: I think I may be converted by quite how much I've lurked in DW fan LJs over these past months).

I have a site at brewsternorth.net where I will be putting up con reports and (hopefully) photos in due course. (Hopefully a l33t h4x0r friend of mine can put something together that will enable me to x-post over from the site to the new LJ.)

I have a photo of one 9th Doctor: I think (s)he was costumed as Harry Saxon on one of the other days. Rather good in both roles.

12th-Mar-2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
I have a LiveJournal now!
12th-Mar-2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Welcome to the madhouse! ;)
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