Here’s my Gallifrey One 2016 Recap!
Last weekend the 26th annual Gallifrey One Doctor Who fan convention was held in LA. This is the 5th year I’ve attended with my dad. I wasn’t feeling well last year… so I wasn’t there for much. This year totally made up for it. I met a couple of Doctors *cough* John Hurt! *cough*, saw some really fun panels, bought some stuff, and saw some awesome costumes. Check out my highlights below.
Meeting Doctors and Magenta
I got to meet (and take pictures with) three Doctors: John Hurt (!), Colin Baker, and Peter Davidson. The digital files will be available in a week or two. I think I’ll update the post with them (or make a new one).
There are always some other, non-Doctor Who, actors around. This year Patricia Quinn was one. I, like most teenagers, was a fan of Rocky Horror Picture Show in high school. My friends and I were a bit obsessed. So I had to take a picture with her. She was quite kooky, but it was cool to meet her.
I’m not a big fan of Madame Vastra and her crew, but after this year’s Gally I’m a big fan of Nev McIntosh. She was amazing. Her panel was funny and it was interesting to hear her previous work history with different Doctor Who cast mates. At one point she bragged about playing the recorder as a child and, of course, someone had a recorder so she played it. She also showed up at the charity auction and helped raise money.
Another fun panel was one with Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy (The Master) and Ingrid Oliver, who plays Osgood. I’m behind on the show a bit *cough* a lot *cough* so I’m not as familiar with their characters. I saw Osgood in the 50th special and Missy in an episode, maybe two, but I still really enjoyed this panel. Those two ladies are so funny and got a long well.
If you can ever go to a panel with Colin Baker (the 6th Doctor) and Peter Davidson (the 5th Doctor) I recommend you do. Their banter was hysterical and they made me want to re-watch The Five(ish) Doctors.
The last panel I attended was with John Hurt, the big guest of the weekend. That man has had such an incredible career and he’s seemed to really enjoy it. One fascinating thing I learned at that panel was that Mel Brooks produced The Elephant Man. Isn’t that crazy?!?! I got to meet John briefly 3 times (1 photo and 2 autographs). He was very kind. He made the quick minute you got with him seem valuable.
My Mom made me some fun skirts to wear and a bag. I got lots of compliments. Thanks, Mom!