If you’re a Whovian or Wholigan, you’ve likely heard of Gallifrey One—the longest-running annual Doctor Who convention, held each year in Los Angeles. We’re big fans here at What the Efff, and we were excited to attend this year’s “Gallifrey One 33 1/3: Long Live the Revolution” experience. The guests were many, the laughs plentiful, and the convention (as always) a pure delight. Here are a few of our favorite things that keep us coming back year after year.
The Idiot’s Lantern Sketch Comedy Show
It wouldn’t be an authentic Gally experience without the Idiot’s Lantern—not the season two episode, but the consistently hilarious two-hour slot filled to the brim with sketches exploring both the show and the fandom through farcical comedy. This year was their tenth show at Gallifrey One, and they pulled out all the stops to ensure the audience was thoroughly entertained. The highlights for me were the surprise appearance of Mickey Mouse as the Doctor’s next companion and the film noir short depicting how the BBC (as a femme fatale) approached Private Eye Russell T. Davies about returning to Doctor Who after more than a decade away.
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Art Show & Dealer’s Room
Every con has some type of “floor”…i.e. a room or series of rooms chock-full of fan art and exhibitor tables. Gally is no exception, despite the gathering’s smaller size. The annual art show, which includes both biddable and non-biddable items, is a joy for anyone who likes fantasy and science fiction-inspired creations. Similarly, the dealer’s room contains everything from a life-size TARDIS replica and officially licensed Doctor Who merch to fandom-themed jewelry and the Dragon Marsh Apothecary booth. Gally’s official website calls the dealer’s room the heart of the con, and they aren’t wrong. Even when I’m not meaning to spend any money, I inevitably do.
Showrunners & Companions & Doctors, oh my!
Every year, Gally has a plethora of amazing guests. In the past, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Christopher Eccleston speak, take photos with Catherine Tate and John Barrowman, and more. This year, the Thirteenth Doctor herself (Jodie Whittaker) was present, alongside showrunner Chris Chinball, and a variety of other Doctor Who personalities including but not limited to: the Sixth Doctor Colin Baker; companions Janet Fielding, Sophie Aldred, and Frazer Hines; director Jamie Magnus Stone; and Patrick O’Kane, the actor behind Ashad the Lone Cyberman. Jodie’s Sunday morning panel was crashed by Janet and Sophie, and hearing the three actresses talk about what it was like to work together on “The Power of the Doctor”—where they didn’t have scripts that involved shopping or boys—was inspiring.
Fingers crossed that David Tennant shows up next year…you never know who will surprise you at Gallifrey One! Either way, we will be there to bask in the nerd-filled glory that is Gally.
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