This year I was fortunate enough to head out to Los Angeles for the annual Gallifrey One convention. It’s the largest Doctor Who convention in North America, and boasted one of the largest and most diverse lists of guests, panels, and activities out of any convention I’ve ever seen before. It was my first convention, so I latched on to people I knew were going: the lovely ladies of the Who Knits? group on Ravelry. I roomed with the super awesome Iko, who is also the generous soul that hosts this website for me. *waves*
I arrived on Thursday evening, and as soon as I got to the hotel the Ravelers were in the lobby, knitting away. A whole echelon of Tiny!TARDIS travelers were in the lobby to greet the con goers.
I got to meet some kindred knitting spirits, mooch off of other people’s food, and have visual confirmation of the arrival of Graeme Harper, one of the directors of both Classic Who and New Who episodes.
(Graeme Harper in the middle, James Naughton of the Podshock podcast on the right, not sure who’s on left … if you know please comment!)
As soon as I saw him I immediately emailed my professor to brag that I was standing just a few feet away from Graeme Harper. If I remember correctly, my email stated something about it being “magical.” I picked up my name tag that night, so that Friday morning I could wonder around, check out the dealer’s room, and see Tara’s TARDIS in person for the first time.
The first panel I went to was the Gallifrey One Interview of Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria) at 1pm in the Main Room. Frazer Hines is an absolute hoot. He had hilarious stories about working on the show, did his fantastic impression of Pat Troughton, talked about working on the audio dramas, and was a total gentleman to his compatriot Deborah Watling. Who was also brilliantly funny and full of fun stories and eye rolls.
After a trip out for lunch, I headed over to the costuming panel with Louise Page, lead costume director of seasons 2-4 (and the four 2009-2010 specials), and Aimee Steinberger, costumer, artist, and assistant director on the Futurama series currently in production. There were heard about the fabrics and costumes designed and fabricated by Louise Page, including the illusive material behind the Tenth Doctor’s duster. Apparently, when David Tennant tried it on he remarked at how soft the material was, and referred to it making him feel like a “wee beastie.” So now, whenever the duster-in-question is mentioned it is called The Wee Beastie. Some of my costume-geek friends managed to get small snippets of a fabric sample from the jacket, and these pieces are also called wee beasties.
Stay tuned for recap part 2, where I talk about Friday night! And here is my flickr photo gallery for Gally, Day 1.