Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My trip to Gallifrey

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Gallifrey One convention, which is devoted to "Doctor Who," "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures."

As a hardcore fan of the "Doctor Who" universe it was awesome to be at a convention where it's all about The Doctor. I attended panels discussing David Tennant's popularity, series four of "Torchwood" and online "Doctor Who" fandom.

There was a dealer's room with plenty of souvenirs for sale (I picked up a few things,) a video room showing classic episodes and autograph and photo sessions.

Among the special guests were Peter Davidson (The Fifth Doctor), former companions Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Frazier Hines and TV writers Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Jose Molina and Jane Espenson.

Jane Espenson, Lynne Thomas and Deborah Stanish at the "Whedonistas" panel.

Espenson attended a panel with a group of other cool women writers discussing the new book "Whedonistas." This book which will be available on Amazon on March 15, but can be pre-ordered now. I was lucky enough to get an autographed copy and let me tell you it's great.

The book is a collection of stories, interviews and essays about Joss Whedon's various shows and why they're great. For anyone who loves the Whedon universe, it's a great read. I found many of the stories reflected my own experiences and thought it was a really clever read.

This book is a companion to "Chicks Dig Time Lords," a similar collection about "Doctor Who" and the women who love it. I also picked up a copy of this book and it is also a really fun and well written collection.

The "Whedonistas" writers, editors and artist.

Both these books are edited by Lynne Thomas and Deborah Stanish, who did a good job putting together the collections. I had a chance to talk to Thomas and Stanish and attend some of the panels they were on and these are two very knowledgeable women when it comes to "Doctor Who" and the Whedon-verse. So for anyone who loves all things Whedon, I recommend "Whedonistas."

Javier Grillo-Marxauch (left) at the "Is it time for a new 'Star Trek' series" panel.

Another fun panel was with accomplished TV writers Grillo-Marxauch and Molina. The convention offered was what was called Kaffeklatches where attendees signed up ahead of time for a small gathering with certain guests. Since there were only 12 spots available for each meeting it made the experience really cool.

Molina and Grillo-Marxuach have been friends most of their lives and have worked with a lot of the same people, plus they're both serious "Doctor Who" fans, so it was really fun hour. This is an experience that other conventions should consider using, as it added an extra way for fans to meet their idols.

I've never been to Gallifrey One before and it was an amazing weekend, where I met people from all over the workd who have one thing in common, they all love "Doctor Who."

I'm already making my plans for next year.

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