After spending Thursday visiting The Hollywood Museum with friends, it was time to kick off the actual weekend of Gallifrey One! As usual, my weekend was going to be all about hanging with friends, with some sprinkles of attending convention stuff as well. And of course, I had my convention duties as well – I was working with both Lisa Bowerman (she played Karra in the last televised story of Doctor Who’s original run and has since become a big part of the audio adventures from Big Finish, playing Prof. Bernice Summerfield and also directing loads of stuff) and Terry Molloy (he played Davros in all of his 1980s appearances). I was very excited to work with Lisa as she’s a friend of mine, so it was great to spend a good portion of the weekend with her! I had actually just seen her during January’s London trip, but working with her throughout the weekend gave us time to really catch up, which was fabulous. And Terry was great, too! He’s one of those guests I’ve seen at lots of events, but didn’t really know and had never formally met before, so I’m glad we were able to this time around. He was very self-sufficient and didn’t need me to do much, other than watch his table a few times over the weekend. Every time I went to pick him up to get him to whatever his next event was, he was already there! Anyone who’s worked as a guest liaison before knows what a treat that is. 🙂
In addition to working the convention, I did attend some panels as well. As usual, Gally was FULL of amazing guests, including Steven Moffat, Sylvester McCoy, Matt Lucas, Jemma Redgrave, and many, many others. And my dear friend Sophie was a guest as well! She hasn’t been for a few years and I’ve missed seeing her on my last few London trips, so I was happy to have a nice catch-up with her. I popped into a variety of panels and events over the three days, that covered topics like: the worlds of Big Finish, bringing the Sylvester McCoy era to DVD, the production of the final story of Doctor Who’s original run, a live performance of the Reality Bomb podcast, and more.
My convention experience is, as usual, probably best told through photos, so here they are!
You know the convention has really started when people start sporting their badges. Mine included a homemade Shrinky Dink made by my friend Jeff! Who can tell me what this Shrinky Dink is?
The dance is usually on Saturday, but this year’s move to Thursday (due to a scheduling conflict) meant not as many people attended. It was still a lot of fun and Paul had great tunes pumping, as always!
The boys from Radio Free Skaro always do a great job kicking off the convention with their live show.
The crowd in the hotel lobby at a convention is often referred to as LobbyCon because it’s a convenient place for folks to meet, mingle, and hang out. This photo shows a pretty quiet LobbyCon, but it was taken on Friday afternoon, so that’s to be expected.
Although Gally does an excellent job of making the convention feel less crowded than it is, there are times like this (usually when a big event has just ended) when a deluge of people are trying to get through the convention space at the same time.
Sage and Kim from Head Over Feels playing their game This or That with guests Camille Coduri and Jemma Redgrave. Camille is another guest who’s a guaranteed laugh at every convention. I’ve met her at a few different conventions and was happy to have time to catch up with her again at this one.
With Jason! After spending much of Friday evening asleep, due to having arrived very late the night before, too much drinking, and not enough eating, I was happy to have him out and about with me on Saturday.
And with that, another fun-filled weekend of friends and Doctor Who came to end. As many times as I’ve been to this convention (this was my 17th), I’m always surprised and a little bit sad at how quickly it flies by. But I’m always left with lots of great memories and the excitement of next year.
Since I was in LA until Tuesday, I had Monday to relax and hang out with my friends who were still around, which is always fun. Not much in the way of additional pictures, but I did get a few more.
We keep the vibe of the convention going into Monday each year by extending LobbyCon. As long as there are some convention attendees around, there will be some kind of LobbyCon. It’s a great way to catch up with the friends I don’t get to see enough of over the weekend!
And that truly brings me to the end of another great LA trip. Already looking forward to next year! I’m not attending as many conventions these days – Long Island Who isn’t holding a 2018 event (and, at this point, it’s unclear if they’ll ever do another one) and Chicago TARDIS is harder to pull off because of family commitments around Thanksgiving. I still have our local convention, CONsole Room, to look forward to in May though. It’s nowhere near the size of Gally, so I don’t get the big cross-section of friends I do at other cons, but it’s still fun (and it’s only 20 minutes from my house!).
Next up – Palm Springs! I’m actually there right now. 🙂 Read all about it soon!