Meeting in the Era of Coronavirus

Well, we pulled it off–our socially distanced Guardian 34th Anniversary meeting! Here are tips for holding a club meeting while staying safe:

• Use a 1-in-10 bleach and water solution to wipe down surfaces likely to be touched; wipe down eating areas and restrooms after each use
• Space seating so no guests sit side-by-side (if using a couch, place an object on the middle seat to force separation)
• Provide designated eating areas spaced even farther apart
• Remove cloth towels and hang a roll of paper towels in their place
• Have hand soap and sanitizer in the bathrooms, and additional hand sanitizer in other rooms in use
• Encourage the use of masks and have extras to provide if needed
• Plan for guests to bring their own food/drink, no potluck

Of course, these are general suggestions that can be adjusted as needed. We did share  Jammie Dodgers, by taking them out of their original packaging using salad tongs and placing them on individual napkins.

We watched old Who (Mythmakers videos with Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen), new sort-of Who (Reeltime Pictures video staring Sil), and the Late Late Show with James Corden and his guests Jodie Whitaker and David Tennant. There was also lively conversation, a brief business meeting, and a trivia contest with prizes. The contest was even run by show of hands to save contestants from having  to touch pencil and paper. (The pen with our sign-in book was sanitized after each use.) The trivia contest–The Pandemic Edition–will be presented in my next blog post.

We ran out of time before getting to my planned no-contact party game, the Doctor Who version of “Going on a Picnic.” If you are unfamiliar with the game, the first person says, “I’m going on a picnic with the Doctor and am taking …” followed by something or someone from Doctor Who with a name beginning with the letter A. The next person must say, “I’m going on a picnic with the Doctor and taking [the previously named object/character starting with A] and [something that starts with B].” The game continues around the group until the letter Z is reached. Can you think of Doctor Who characters or objects for all 26 letters? Our club did years ago, when there was only Classic Who to reference–challenge made!



Guardians of Gallifrey Anniversary!

This Saturday’s June Anniversary event will be shorter than previous years, but will still be full of Doctor Who fan fun. Lord President Arthur Dykeman has several surprise video selections lined up, with lots of items (old and new) that have never been shown at a GoG meeting. While the usual carny-style games will not be present, there will be a DW-themed party game. Expect a trivia contest and door prizes.

To be safe in this time of COVID we’ll be following The Doctor’s advice, so plan to social distance, wear a mask if you must be close, and bring your own food and drink (no potluck this year). We may attempt to add a virtual element to the meeting, so stay tuned.

Of course, the meeting is still at my home which means–PHOTO OPS! The Exploding TARDIS wall, the Classic Console Room, Daleks, and the Delegate from Alpha Centauri will be available. As always, costumes are encouraged and cosplayers welcome.

Set your space/time coordinates for noon to 6pm Saturday, June 27, at 170 Broadmoor Ave, Lake Mary, Florida, to join with other Doctor Who fans–two meters apart–in celebrating 34 years of the Guardians of Gallifrey!

Stay safe and listen to your Doctor,


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Would be excess GG news, but…

…everything I sent to the Editor made it into the newsletter! In lieu of posting (non-existent) excess news, I’ve chosen several articles from the Gallifrey Guardian that  provide fans with stuff to do at home, to continue to encourage social distancing:

As many people currently are keeping in touch online, the BBC has provided a selection of over 100 empty set images from the BBC Archive for fans to use as their background image in video conferencing applications. The list includes TARDIS console room sets from Doctor Who: two variations from The Masque of Mandragora, one each circa 1980 and 1983, and two angles of 2019’s set. To access them, go to the science fiction portion of the archive at

Emily Cook of DWM organized a live-Tweet watch-along of An Adventure in Space and Time on May 23rd. It was preceded by a special presentation of a new short adventure called Doctors Assemble! featuring Doctors One through Thirteen, plus the War Doctor. David Bradley voiced the First Doctor, with the other Doctors portrayed by a team of nine voice impressionists. The visual element of the webcast appears as a “group chat” and consists of CGI shots of the Doctor’s TARDIS, with pictures on the scanner. You can access the video on YouTube here:

The TARDIS Fandom website has fantastic lists explaining all the references in the video, and lots of other Doctor Who stuff, too—worth checking out!!_(webcast)

The Homemade Who project launched last month was extended to the end of May, to give more fans the opportunity to recreate their favorite moments from Doctor Who, using whatever they could find in their house. Entries were sent in from England, Australia, France, Luxembourg, Argentina, Wales, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, the USA, and New Zealand! A compilation video featuring every clip sent in so far can be found here or you can watch all the complete clips on Instagram:

Doctor Who sightings

My librarian daughter recently watched Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project, a documentary by Matt Wolf. Stokes recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years on 70,000 VHS tapes, which will now be digitized by the Internet Archive and provided online. The cover/poster for the documentary includes a still of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor! The documentary premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will be shown on PBS’ Independent Lens program June 15.

Last weekend I watched a YouTube video about ten locations around the world featuring strange anomalies (sorry, I couldn’t find it again so don’t have the exact name). A brief shot of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor—looking amazed–was inserted after showing the Stone Forest in China!

If you are still looking for ways to pass the time, check out this website for Doctor Who fans:

Stay safe.

K-9 Craft

Here’s the pattern for the K-9 ornament, as it appeared in the Guardians of Gallifrey’s 1996 yearbook:

Using glue to affix the tabs works better than tape. K-9 can sit on a shelf as-is, or you can use tape to attach a loop of string and turn him into an ornament.

Enjoy (and stay safe)!

Dalek Craft

Here’s the pattern for the Dalek ornament (as seen on the Who tree at past Guardian Wholiday Parties, now given out at SF events).

Cut out each figure, also cutting the many parallel lines at the top of each Dalek. Roll the paper into a cone shape and glue the side flap. Fold each of the strips at the top of the Dalek over each other, then tape down. The finished product can be seen here, with the small TARDIS craft and a K-9.

You can make your Daleks on white or color paper, or color them as you like before cutting them out. Attach a loop of thread to the top to hang as an ornament, or just stand them up for display. Make your own finger-sized Dalek army, or enlarge the pattern for more variety!

Next time:  K-9.


Don’t Blink!

Upside to downtime during the lockdown:  playing Legos with family, especially when we can give it a Doctor Who twist. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

You blinked, didn’t you?

More DW News

Here’s some that missed the Gallifrey Guardian:

As a shared viewing for two, Mandip Gill and Sacha Dhawan, in coordination with BBC America, chose to simultaneously watch Spyfall while tweeting with the #SpyMaster hashtag. A sampling of their Tweets:
Really thought I’d get to wear my police uniform again…but what a good boss.
Did you know when we stepped into O’s hut (South Africa), we were back in Cardiff!!
There he is!!! Loved playing ‘O’. At this point I hadn’t even looked at the script pages for The Master… In order for the reveal to work it was easier to play them as two separate people.
This was the first I was revealing The Master to anyone. I was having fun but I was genuinely terrified!! The crew were so brilliant that day allowing me to bounce all over the place.
Dhawan described the last scene in Spyfall, Part Two as particularly difficult because he had to memorize a three-minute monologue.

Candy Jar Books has free-for-download short stories in The Lucy Wilson Mysteries series. In Copy/Paste by Jonathan Macho, Lucy is locked down with her family and has to save the world at a time when she can’t even leave her house. The story includes a special message from Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Lucy’s grandfather). In Sweet Revenge by Paul W. Robinson, Lucy is still stuck in isolation, away from her best friend and getting bored…but aliens aren’t following the lockdown rules. To download, visit the Candy Jar Books website.

And here’s the link to the skit with Catherine Tate as schoolgirl Lauren, currently struggling with being remotely educated by her teacher, played by David Tennant, from BBC One’s The Big Night In.

The following info did appear in the Gallifrey Guardian, but deserves repeating. If you have enjoyed the global viewings and extra stories and videos that have been created for them, please give back if you can.  Everyone involved in making the videos specially written as companion pieces to the global viewings contributed their time and talent for free. You can show your appreciate by donating to The Film and TV Charity’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, to support the creative community which has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Doctor Who writers and other creatives continue to provide new content to encourage fans at this time of isolation and anxiety; most can be found at BBC’s Doctor Who website:
New short story by Joy Wilkinson, The Simple Things
New short story by Paul Cornell, The Shadow Passes
New short story by Steven Moffat, The Terror of the Umpty Ums
New short story by Pete McTighe, Press Play
Don’t miss the Fun and Games page, with virtual reality, quizzes, coding games, stories, crafts–and be sure to check out the “Makes” sub-page!


TARDIS Craft – again

As mentioned previously, here is the pattern I used for the full-page paper TARDIS featured (and autographed) in my 2013 Whovian vacation articles on the GoG Blog’s “New Series” page. To construct, follow the directions from the small TARDIS ornaments craft post of April 5.



May the Fourth be with Jodie!

Jodie Whittaker has joined Brian Cox and Ewan McGregor to support the Geeky T-Shirt awareness drive and fundraiser for a charity helping terminally children in Scotland. Children’s Hospices Across Scotland is better known as CHAS, a charity which provides vital hospice care services throughout Scotland to support the whole family. As part of the Share Your Joy campaign, on May 4th, CHAS are encouraging the public to show allegiance to their favourite science-fiction, fantasy, cartoon or musical hero and by virtue the charity itself, by digging out their favourite geeky t-shirt to wear on the day. Participants are encouraged to share their efforts online and donate just £3 by texting ‘Geeky 3’ to 70450. The event also included a ‘Big Geeky Quiz’ on Facebook Live, hosted by CBeebies actor James Mackenzie. CHAS has had to dramatically transform the way in which it provides its services and have set up Scotland’s first-ever virtual hospice to support children and families who are having to completely self-isolate. CHAS family support teams are also offering an expanding range of interactive activities, art clubs, storytelling and conference calls to children and parents.