First, this photo of the cast of Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodar:
Did you spot Sophie Aldred (second from left)?
Next–and don’t say we didn’t warn you–SPOILERS from Doctor Who filming:
(Be sure you hit the forward arrow):
As many homeowners do, prior to the arrival of the expected hurricane, I took photos of my home, in the event it became necessary to make a claim on my homeowner’s insurance. I somehow doubt anyone at AllState could put a value on my property and belongings (pictured).
The Living/Dining room area
What’s the going rate for a Dalek?
How about a TARDIS console?
Terrance Dicks, a prolific writer of classic Who scripts and Target novelizations of Doctor Who stories, has passed away.
I met Terrance on the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise in 2003, and took him out to the Pirate Dinner Theatre when he visited Orlando for an event in 2008. He was funny and entertaining and a writer to the end. (He has a story in a new Doctor Who anthology coming out in October.) He will be missed.
Two from the 2008 event:
With Guardians of Gallifrey member Patrick.
With Guardian Edward and myself (giving him my fan art of the Robot).
On the 2003 Sci-Fi Sea Cruise:
…although typical for Florida. Busy prepping for the hurricane, so instead of giving you some new Doctor Who musings, may I refer you to my blog post from 09/06/2017, and leave you with the photo below of my garage during last year’s hurricane.
I was heading to my garage to prepare the large Dalek (yes, I have more than one) for a fan event at a local library where my daughter works. My son-in-law was on his way to my house in his pickup truck to handle the delivery.
When I tried to open the inside door to the garage, it was blocked. Peering through the small opening, I saw that one of the set walls built for a Doctor Who fanvideo had fallen and was blocking the door. Luckily, its fall had been stopped by a small cabinet, so it had not fallen completely across the door.
My first thought was to go around to the outside of the house and open the large garage door. As I attempted to lift the outside door, I felt resistance, and remembered that there were sheets tacked above the door to simulate the classic TARDIS console room walls. Not wanting to destroy the fabric ‘set walls’ or risk damaging the door, I stopped.
Returning to the inside door, I retrieved the decorated wooden pole our Club uses to smash the annual Wholiday piñata. (A gift from a fellow Who fan–thanks, Edward.) It just fit through the crack in the door and enabled me to push the set wall up enough to open the door. The Dalek was ready for transport when my son-in-law arrived.
MORAL: Who fan problems call for Who fan solutions!
The two Daleks (and a young Yeti) in front of the fabric ‘set wall.’
A view of the wooden set walls (behind the clothes rack).
The piñata stick in use.
One more bit of news (besides what appeared in this month’s Gallifrey Guardian), from Variety:
Rare Beasts, directed by Billie Piper, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week (Aug 28 – Sep 7). Produced by Vaughan Sivell of Western Edge Pictures in association with Moffen Media Limited, Rare Beasts is described as an anti-romcom. Piper plays Mandy, a struggling young writer and mother who comes from a dysfunctional family.
And here’s one more photo from Casselberry Library’s Fan Fest (more in the GG):
Our Lord President and VideoMaster were on the same wavelength as the BBC this month. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, the official Doctor Who webpage featured an article on stories in which the Doctor has traveled to the moon. As the Guardians of Gallifrey’s July meeting fell just the day after that anniversary, our viewing reflected the same theme. We watched an (animated) episode from The Moonbase, the first half of The Seeds of Death, and the two-parter Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon. Not having endless time (and wanting to save space for Part 2 of 6 of the show starring David Tennant as a demon–shhhh!), we skipped Smith and Jones and Kill the Moon.
Favorite moments during the meeting:
Sharing memories of watching the moon landing in 1969.
Watching the scene where the Eleventh Doctor requests maps, a fez, and Jammie Dodgers, when by coincidence we had his favorite snack on the table (courtesy of Sue).
During the business meeting, when Arthur mention a future date being tentative, and Patrick–without missing a beat–piped up, “Would that be David Tennant-tively?”
After the power flickered out (briefly) and I told the story of the River Song-themed Anniversary Party from a few years before, when the power went out completely: luckily, one of our members had had Silence in the Library on his laptop and a fully charged battery, so we settled in to watch River’s swan song. Just as she announced “Let there be light!” the power–and lights–came back on in the house.
Here’s an eclectic collection of photos and captions, mostly leftovers tied to articles in this month’s issue of the Gallifrey Guardian.
A late group shot from GoG’s 33rd birthday party (an earlier one is in the GG):
A few from OASIS 30:
The front of this steampunk costume can be seen in the newsletter (and yes, that fan beside him is snapping a pic of our Delegate from Alpha Centauri).
An expanded version of the Club table photo, showing our CyberDarts game (we set up Bowling for Daleks later).
This fantastic piece was created by It’s All Geek 2 Me. Check out their facebook page and click on “Our setup at Time Lord Fest” for LOTS of great Doctor Who-themed art. One piece can be composed of hundreds of pieces of paper. Their business card has a sketch of K-9 on it! https://www.facebook.com/itsallgeektomepaperandvinyl
The Iron Throne set up for photo ops in the vendor room at OASIS 30, and shown in the July Gallifrey Guardian, was created by artist Paul Vincenti.
Robert Alsopp, Doctor Who designer/costumer, will be at DragonCon.
Hey, readers of the Gallifrey Guardian, can you match these photos to their news articles?
Sean Pertwee (photo credit: BBC)
Julia Foster and Nida Manzoor (by Goff Photos, article from cultbox.co.uk)
BBC’s Dr Who series 12 is seen being filmed at Gloucester Cathedral. It was the return of the Judoon’s who last appeared in 2007 when David Tennant was the Doctor. In the baking heat and covered by umbrellas, the Judoon really showed they could be defeated as one of the actors fainted (Not Pictured). Jodie Whittaker was seen on set filming inside the Cathedral, she took a moment out of her day to take pictures with roughly one hundred fans who were seen waiting outside. After spending sometime with the fans, Jodie could be seen in hysterics laughing as she walked back into the Cathedral.
Finally recovered/caught up from the anniversary party and back to posting.
Here’s a brain-teaser for you, based on some of the party set-up accessories. In the two views given below of the garment rack in the TARDIS, find an article of clothing that might have been worn by each of these characters: Polly, Victoria, Jo Grant, a member of the Council of Time Lords, The Fifth Doctor, The Sixth Doctor, A Dalek, The Ninth Doctor, The Eleventh Doctor.
Party tomorrow, noon to midnight! Check our website http://www.guardiansofgallifrey.com/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GuardiansOfGallifrey for details.
We will have our usual crafts and puzzles available, plus the massive word search and crossword puzzle created by Editor Bob for the April issue of the Gallifrey Guardian.
Finally, a blast from the past, a photo of the party venue circa 2005. Taken from the 9th Doctor’s statement “It’s Volcano Day,” the theme was Dancing at Krakatoa.