This is a big weekend for Whovians in the U.S with the Gallifrey One convention (#gally) taking place in LA.
In it’s 23rd year this convention is pretty much as official as it gets ‘across the pond’ (no Pond intended) and has seen a huge swell of interest thanks to the intense promotional work and focus on American Who fandom since we first saw The Impossible Astronaut in 2011.
While not an “official” convention like the one to be held in Cardiff in late March, this one is crammed with guests that will interest both classic and current series fans (thought not Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as they are the primary focus of the official convention). Firstly, the day is being billed as a 1996 TV movie reunion with 8th Doctor Paul McGann reunited with Daphne Ashbrook, Yee Jee Tso, Eric Roberts and producer Philip Segal.
Fans of the recent series aren’t to be let down with Mark Sheppard and W. Morgan Sheppard making appearances at the same time – unlike their role in series 6 as Canton Everett Delaware III. In addition, actors behind some of the more colourful characters of the recent series including Young Amelia Pond, Dorium “My head is in a box now” Maldovar and Vincent Van Gough will be present.
Classic series representation isn’t to be sniffed at either with original 1st Doctor companion Ian Chesteron (played by Willian Russell) in attendance. Louise “Leela” Jameson fresh from promoting the recent 4th Doctor audio adventures from Big Finish. Camille Coduri, Richard Franklin, Nicholas Briggs, Barnaby Edwards and MANY more.
Full details of the event can be found here and you can follow along with the event on twitter using the hastag #gally.
Having never attended a convention before (it’s on my list) I am very interested to follow along and read any experiences (good or bad) you may have had.