Great Minds…

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.


Guardian Anniversary Party, OASIS 2019, and sundry bits…

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!


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

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.





Post-party visual quiz

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.