|Cosplaying as Femme!Five and stepping out of the TARDIS. Gallifrey One - I have arrived.|
What can I honestly say about Gallifrey One? Well, I started crying during the Traveling the Vortex "Say Goodbye to Gallifrey" update podcast. Now, if you don't know, I'm a sentimental dope by nature and cry easily at various things. And, apparently, I can now add the ending of a fantastic convention to the list of things that make me cry (it's a long list). But, I'm going to save the sentimentality for my third (or fourth - depending on how long I go with this) Gallifrey One recap post. For now, I want to hit some of the highlights of my weekend -
(I'm purposely not telling everything that happened because I talked about a lot of this on Traveling the Vortex. To be sure, there will be some repetition. But if you want to get a more complete picture, go listen to the TtV Gally Updates: LobbyCon, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3)
|The Classic Companions Panel. I predict that this will be the most understated panel of The 24 Hours of Gallifrey One.|
But no less powerful. And I need a better camera.
- The live director's commentary of "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" with Saul Metzstein - This was an episode that I didn't really like at first, but I think I have some new perspective on it since then and this commentary certainly helped. He even acknowledged that some fans were upset about the Doctor seeming to kill someone What was funny was when Metzstein was talking about CGI vs. puppets and he dared us to find the puppet pterodon chasing the Doctor, Rory and Brian in the hydro-engines (the whole sequence went like this: "That's pretend... that's pretend... pretend... pretend... pretend... PUPPET!" We all laughed).
- Freema Agyeman on Sunday morning - So wonderful, so happy to be there, so amazed that so many people showed up for her second panel. And props to the audience for asking smart questions. I can't remember exactly what they asked, but I just remembered thinking that Doctor Who fans ask some really great questions of the guests (unlike some of the cringeworthy stuff that makes it into the Comic Con YouTube videos - guys, you're making us look bad!)
- The North American premiere of "Galaxy 4: Airlock" - I mentioned this on Twitter, but I loved watching an actual episode of Doctor Who with a huge room full of Whovians. There was a smaller viewing room showing Doctor Who throughout the weekend, but it seemed silly to sit in a room watching TV while the convention was going on (sort of a strange thought, but there you are). But the Galaxy 4 showing was different. It was in the main ballroom immediately after Opening Ceremonies, first of all. Plus, this was one of the lost episodes that was found last... April, I want to say (nope, sorry - it was a year ago last November), so that makes it an even bigger deal. I had seen a reconstruction of Galaxy 4 once. I liked it well-enough (for a recon, anyway) but seeing it as an actual episode was great! In this one short part, Vicki kicks ass, the Doctor snarks and Steven gets captured by a bunch of Amazon-type warrior women (oh, I feel so sorry for Steven). Maybe now that an episode exists, someone will make a better recon of it. But if not, it was still cool to be part of the audience that got to see it at Gallifrey.
|This was the line for Gallifrey 101, which is a panel for newcomers to the con. It went out the door and wound around the driveway of the hotel. Just to give you an idea of how many people were there (LineCon - I'm telling you!)|
|My First Photo Bomb - Nicholas Briggs was such a great guy|
|Sara and Sarah from Texas. I met them at LobbyCon and they were so great!|
I need to find them on Facebook or something.
|Farewell to Mel and Shaun. Glenn left before we could get a group photo - but NEXT YEAR!|
I have a very packed week with work and stuff and while I have so much more to talk about, it will have to wait until tomorrow (or the next day). Stay tuned for further Gally recaps! (including autographs and cosplaying and the Dealer's Room and whatever else I can dig up in my brain)
|91 Ribbons! Not bad for a newbie.|