August Additions

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):


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.


Final Party Update?

Party tomorrow, noon to midnight! Check our website or Facebook page 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.


Party Prep and Puzzles

Spent a chunk of the morning dusting the TARDIS console (wouldn’t the First Doctor be happy?) and the Daleks (which probably wouldn’t make him happy). It’s amazing how much dust can gather in  6 months–or is it 600 years? Anyway, the TARDIS Console Room is party prepped, with the Daleks, the Delegate from Alpha Centauri, a young Yeti, K-9, and accessories from the Doctor’s closet.

The party photo for today’s post features some of the games that will be at the party: Pictionary, Cyberdarts, Pin the Tail on K-9, Doctor Who Dominoes, and TARDIS Console Beanbag Toss. Our Bowling for Daleks game will be re-configured as the old carny game of knocking over milk bottles.

While not pictured here, we will also have the commercially available Doctor Who version of Yahtzee. If you have a favorite Doctor Who game, bring it along!

Still More Party Details

As you can see from the previous post, numerous photo ops will be available at the party. For a selfie in front of the exterior of the TARDIS, stop by ACME Comics and Collectibles (just 10 minutes away) before joining us. The Guardians’ TARDIS, built by John Reid Adams of Survivor’s Triangle fame, resides in the Danger Room at ACME.

You could even enhance your selfie with the addition of an appropriate costume or prop.

So drop by and satisfy your inner cosplay fashionista!

More Party Details

Here are some of the photo ops available at the party.

You can pose in the TARDIS with Daleks and the Delegate from Alpha Centauri,

or in front of the Exploding TARDIS,

or with the Clara Memorial TARDIS.

Anniversary Party Saturday!

Wow, really late this year posting about the party. I’ll make up for it in the next few days, starting with this post to get your taste buds tingling. Besides viewing, trivia, games, chat, show-n-tell, crafts, puzzles, costumes, and photo ops, our parties feature a wide selection of FOOD! Here are some photos of selections from previous parties:


A meal composed of all the foods tried (and mostly rejected) by the Eleventh Doctor in his first episode, and an eleven-layer dessert, at our “11 Doctors, 11 Hours” party.

A Dominoes cake, for the unveiling of our “Doctor Who Dominoes” trivia game.


The Olympic symbol and torch for our “Doctor Who Olympics”-themed party.


A Giant Spiderweb cookie and Krynoid cupcakes (guess which classic episodes they were made for).


And an oldie but goodie, the classic Doctor Who logo (for an anniversary pre-dating the 2005 release of the new series).