SPOILER ALERT

Shhhhh! Here are links–with photos–to the spoilers I put in the news:

Check out the June 25 post (photo of Jodie with a new sonic)

And check here for photos (from Spain?)

http://doctorwhoproductionnews.blogspot.com/2018/06/filming-in-spainfinale-block-actress.html?spref=tw

 

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HELP FROM AN ALIEN FRIEND…

Oops!–got busy putting the news together for the Gallifrey Guardian (found some juicy spoilers) and forgot to blog this week. Here’s a quickie:

This was going to be another post about how I see Doctor Who connections everywhere, ’cause I spotted the Doctor’s Daughter and Rory’s Dad in a BBC Mystery. Then the channel started glitching and I had to jiggle the antenna (yes, I still use an antenna). As usual, the picture cleared up as soon as I touched the pole holding it, and went all squiggly when I stepped away. Luckily, a prop brought back after Time Lord Fest was nearby, which made a fine replacement.

Three of Three

Time Lord Fest was a blast, and we were able to bring almost all our ‘stuff’–thanks Ken!

We set up games for the event: Bowling for Daleks, DW Trivia Dominoes, Cyberdarts, Pin the Tail on K-9, and DW Pictionary (TARDIS Console Beanbag Toss not pictured).

The Club table, loaded with freebies, was next to our merchandise table guarded by the Delegate from Alpha Centauri.

Alpha Centauri was very popular!

Two of Three…

Between recovering from the Anniversary Party and preparing for Time Lord Fest, last week’s blog post was postponed.  Here are a couple of party pics:

The cake:

Some of the attendees leaving their mark on the Clara Memorial TARDIS:

One of Three…

…to make up for missing last week.

First, more evidence of my Doctor Who addiction: seeing reminders of the show everywhere.

I took my granddaughter to see “Sherlock Gnomes” and noticed

1) a container holding the heroes was from the ‘Moffat’ company and

2) Dan Starkey’s name was in the credits.

Welcome Jodie!

If you receive the Gallifrey Guardian newsletter, you will know about BBCAmerica’s request for welcoming messages from fans for Jodie Whitaker in her new role. While video is preferred, they will also accept artwork, cosplay photos, etc. Below are the messages I sent from myself and my granddaughter.

WelcomeCake

WelcomeJet

Now I can concentrate on Party prep again–Saturday is almost here!

Doctor Who Party!

GoG’s Anniversary Party will be held from noon to midnight on Saturday, June 9, which means I’ll be frantically prepping for the next week. Guests will enjoy food, Doctor Who viewing, trivia, games, and photo ops–in the TARDIS console room and with Daleks and the Delegate from Alpha Centauri. Fans can bring Doctor Who memorabilia to show off, create a paper K-9, Dalek, or TARDIS, or buy DW books/magazines/comics (got a great deal–25 cents!–on bagged and boarded back issues). We’ll choose a non-Who film for our (ends at) midnight movie, most likely superhero or Star Wars-themed. A group outing to see the Paint the Trail TARDIS is a possibility for the following day–could make a great group photo op!

And speaking of photo ops…

STILL MORE SF AT THE FRINGE

I strongly recommend “The Jurassic Parks” at the Orlando Fringe Festival, my favorite show so far. If you are a local, check out the Festival–it’s ongoing through Memorial Day, when the “One Man Star Wars Trilogy” will be performed. I saw it years ago, and it is amazing!

Sometimes Doctor Who-related shows make it into the festival. In 2011, a Fringe group put on an improv show called “Doctor Whose Line is it, Anyway?” Last year’s festival included this performance:

[The 2017] Fringe Festival featured a one-man show called “Who, Me” by Rob Lloyd, a fan from Australia. The Orlando Sentinel printed a review of the show, commenting on the actor’s resemblance to David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. The Guardians—and Rob–posted information about the show on our Facebook page. I brought a few word search puzzles, crosswords, and paper Daleks which I handed out to interested fans, saving a Tenth Doctor word search for the performer. Fellow Guardian Juan and I caught the Friday show. I’ve seen a lot of Fringe performances over the years, and Rob Lloyd’s was among the most professional and entertaining (although that could be my Doctor Who bias showing!).
If you follow Juan on Facebook, you will have seen his reviews of many Fringe shows. Several were genre-related, like “The Man from Earth,” starring John A., of DW fanfilm “Survivor’s Triangle” fame. Charles M. (an original GoG member, a former Lord President, and the star of GoG’s fanfilm “The New Order”) was also at the Fringe, producing a non-genre show.
From Juan’s Facebook review:
Who Me – David Tennant looks a lot like Rob Lloyd. Lloyd’s subconscious puts Doctor Who on trial. Does it make Rob a bad person–his love of Doctor Who? The audience/jury gets to decide. This is a journey through one man’s fandom. It shows how it affects us. Thank you, Rob.

From the June 2017 issue of The Gallifrey Guardian

SF at the Fringe – con’t.

No specifically Doctor Who-themed show this year, but there are lots of other SF/F/H shows and you might run into well-known Who fans at some… John (of Survivor’s Triangle fame) is involved with Shakespeare’s Ghostbusters, and Charles (original GoG member) with God is a Scottish Drag Queen.

Here’s a list of genre shows put together by GoG member Juan:

The Companion and Safe Word
OperaOrlando, Orlando, FL

Proving that Opera isn’t stuck in the 19th century, Opera Orlando presents two One Act operas about sex from Threeway with music by Robert Paterson and libretto by David Cole. In The Companion, a sex robot receives an upgrade causing changes in his relationship. Safe Word explores the dynamic between a dominatrix and her forceful, pushy client and what happens when their session goes to unexpected places. Directed by Fringe veteran Eric Pinder.

13 & Up – Strong Language, Mature Themes, Whips, Bondage

60 Minutes
13 Dead Dreams of “Eugene”
Theatre Mobile, Cincinnati, OH

X-Files meets The Twilight Zone… in the dark! Paul Strickland (Love Hertz) & Erika Kate MacDonald (Evacuated!) team up in this creepy flashlight and shadow play with songs.

A body was found and placed on display in hopes of identification. That’s when the Dead Dreams began. Experience the shared recurring nightmares that haunted one sleepy Ohio town, and the stranger-than-fiction story of “Eugene.”

“Seriously creepy fun” – Cincinnati CityBeat

13 & Up – Shadowy Nightmare Fuel

60 Minutes
El Wiz
Paul Castaneda, Orlando, FL

In this original musical, EL WIZ, America’s greatest, most well known and best-loved homegrown fairy tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is retold in the context of modern Latino/Hispanic culture. Join us as “Dorothy” and friends go on a familiar journey that’s also altogether new! Featuring all your favorite characters with whole new back stories, you’ll laugh, sing along and have a blast as we go in search of the elusive EL WIZ!

7 & Up

60 Minutes
Meet The Replacements
Thibodeau, Orlando, FL

In a world where Artificial Intelligent Humanoids are illegal, a lonesome man intends to grow closer to his family by building them… Welcome Home.

13 & Up – Strong Language, Mature Themes

60 Minutes
Strange New Worlds
Team TRAG, Winter Park, FL

It is the 23rd century and we have begun exploring the farthest reaches of our galaxy. Join us as we venture into parts unknown in this improvised homage to Star Trek: The Original Series. You inspire the show, so no two performances are the same. Kirk might not be our captain, but our engines are ready to give us all they’ve got.

7 & Up

60 Minutes
S#IT: An Unauthorized Musical Parody of Stephen King’s IT
JMEG Theatrical, Winter Garden, FL

An unauthorized musical parody of Stephen King’s IT. A shape-shifting evil disguised as a maniacal dancing clown feeds on the youth of Dairy, Maine. When a group of kids discover its true identity, they must destroy it, before it devours them all. From the creators and creative team of last year’s award-winning musical “ThanksKilling,” this promises to be just as absurd and equally tasteless.

18 & Up – Strong Language, Mature Themes, Violence

60 Minutes
One Man Walking Dead
Mark Meer, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The Dead walk! Society has crumbled and ravenous zombies rule… Can a ragtag band of survivors make their way in an undead world where they are at the bottom of the food chain? Known to gamers worldwide as Commander Shepard in Bioware’s Mass Effect Trilogy, Canadian actor Mark Meer tackles a script by Fringe favorite T.J. Dawe – a one-man parody and celebration of the beloved TV series spawned by the equally-beloved comic book.

13 & Up – Strong Language, Mature Themes, Cartoonish Violence

60 Minutes
Black Crow Cabaret
Monica Titus, Orlando, FL

This one-witch show tells the story of an immortal siren – from her trial and execution in 1640’s England, to her party days in French court, through her life as a performer today. Her dark and compelling tale relates the follies of man and witches alike, combining spoken word storytelling, original music, and circus and burlesque arts.

18 & Up – Strong Language, Nudity

60 Minutes
MUTTNIK
Pipsqueak Collective, Orlando, FL

“Sit. Lie down. Roll over.” In November of 1957, Soviet scientists sent the first living thing into Earth’s orbit – a stray dog. Set amidst the space race, MUTTNIK draws on historical events to create a story of purpose, life, and death told from the perspective of a Russian dog. Presented by the Orlando-based theatre company Pipsqueak Collective, written and performed by Bruce Ryan Costella and directed by Debra Christopher.

13 & Up – Some Language

60 Minutes

The Jurassic Parks
Superbolt Theatre, London, United Kingdom

Superbolt present their sellout multi-award-winning, laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic (★★★★★ Londonist, ★★★★ Time Out, WhatsOnStage). Terry, Jade and Noah welcome you to Lyme Regis Community Centre to present a theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia and a powerful reminder of the ones we love. Superbolt are a London-based international ensemble founded at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris.

7 & Up

65 Minutes
Xanadu Jr
Theatre South Playhouse, Orlando, FL

Journey back to the 80’s with the Tony Award-nominated, roller-musical that spoofs the cult classic movie. Join the talented Teen Artists (They’re just like Broadway, only shorter!) on this hilarious adventure about following your dreams, while rolling along to the original hit score by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for adults, children, and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired.

All Ages

60 Minutes
The Encampment of Dr. Moreau
Marlon Andrew Burnley, Athens, GA

Beast Folk. Freaks. Humans. Social Unconscious. The Encampment of Dr. Moreau brings to life the story of one man’s rebellion that turns into another group’s oppression. Dr. Moreau creates a society of Beast Folk that hail him as the ultimate ruler.Complicit Theatre Company presents H.G. Wells’ classic Sci-Fi story about pain and cruelty and human interference with nature through the eyes of the clown, the puppet, and the human mask.

13 & Up – Violence, Graphic Images

60 Minutes

FLIP
Adam McCabe Presents, Orlando, FL

What if we were all given a literal “kill switch” at birth, and the choice to legally end our own lives at a moment’s notice? In this dark satire about modern American society, a suburban family struggles to keep their home afloat in a world where the ultimate temptation is only a flip away.

18 & Up – Adult Language, Mature Themes

60 Minutes
The Great & Powerful Tim Saves Christmas
The Great & Powerful Tim, Hollywood, CA

International touring magician and comedian The Great & Powerful Tim is roped into a holiday adventure after a magic trick goes awry, killing Santa Claus. It’s up to Tim to save Christmas with his hilarious mind-bending illusions. Featuring lots of fun audience participation.

Tim is a former performer at Orlando’s SAK Comedy Lab and got his start right here at Orlando Fringe. He is a member of the Magic Castle and currently lives in Hollywood.

13 & Up – Adult Language

60 Minutes
What If?
Caitlyn Wisser, Orlando, FL

What if you woke up one morning, and everything you thought you knew about society had changed? How would you react if the roles of power were suddenly swapped, with you no longer being on top? What would a world without male privilege look like? Would it be a better place? Or would living in a historically female-dominated world have the same problems as our society, reversed? “What If?” is a new play that will explore these questions and more.

13 & Up – Strong Language, Some Mature Themes, Sexual Themes

60 Minutes

FROGPIG
Joel Swanson, Orlando, FL

His father is a frog. His mother is a pig. He was confused, abused, and destined for stardom. From New York to LA to Orlando, the cultural phenomenon we have all come to know and love finally steps forward to tell his story. In song, naturally. Imagine Liza Minnelli in the Avenue Q community production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It’s the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational love letter to cabaret divas! This is what we call FROGPIG!

13 & Up – Strong Language, Mature Themes, Interspecies Relationships

60 Minutes
An All New God Is A Scottish Drag Queen
Morgan Cranny, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

“18 time “Best of the Fest” winner and 3 time Orlando Fringe Patrons Pick, Mike Delamont, returns with an all new chapter from the most popular franchise of shows on the international Fringe circuit! God, dressed in a floral power suit, returns to skewer everything from pop culture to religion in an all new, unforgettable, and hilarious hour of comedy! Warning: Tickets for this run are extremely limited.”

13 & Up – Strong Language

60 Minutes
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
College Park Productions, Orlando, FL

A satirical saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as immortal lesbian vampires, but more importantly as actresses, endures for two thousand years, with stops in 1920s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas. Playwright, Charles Busch, takes us on a drag-tastic romp through genres of classic horror cinema and the tongue-in-cheek camp styles of a John Waters flick.

18 & Up – Strong Language, Nudity, Mature Themes

60 Minutes

Enter, Pursued By a Whale
Renie and Rob Productions, Atlamonte Springs, FL

Hawel has a lot on his mind. Having just been fired, Hawel wants to find a new job, but his friends and family feel like this is the perfect time to retire. These issues might be a little easier to handle if he weren’t also being hunted by a whale.

13 & Up – Some PG-13 Language

60 Minutes
Thrones! The Musical Parody
Otters Holding Hands, Los Angeles, CA

Hilarious, gory Game of Thrones parody. Nudity? Maybe. Laughs? Yes! Brothers and sisters shagging? No comment. Edinburgh Fringe sellout three years running!

‘A resounding success’ ***** (Sunday Times)
***** (ThreeWeeks)

18 & Up – Strong Language, Mature Themes, Comedic Violence…the stuff you love on “Game of Thrones”

60 Minutes
Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor!
Polly Esther, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

An innocent suggestion of watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” for the first time quickly turned into obsessively delving into the entire Star Trek universe.

Every series. Every season. Every film.

Then came the Las Vegas convention.

These are the voyages of Polly Esther, her ongoing mission to explore this strange new world and how this universe has helped her boldly go forward in her journey as a recovering alcoholic.

13 & Up – Strong Language, Mature Themes

60 Minutes
MULTIPLE ORGANISM
Mind of a Snail Puppet Co., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sick of being objectified, an artist’s life model steals a magical paintbrush & it changes her life. MULTIPLE ORGANISM is a surrealist comedy for adults (18+) about having a body & how our body is seen by others. Gender-bending. Nudity. Projections. Puppetry. Original music. Sentient toothbrushes. A wild & risky new show from award-winning creators of “Caws & Effect.”

★★★★★ “daring, raunchy, ingenious!” -VueWeekly
“Hilarious!” -MyEntertainmentWorld

18 & Up – Mature Themes, Nudity, Sexual Content

60 Minutes
The Haunting of Saint River
Bremner, New Orleans, LA

Bremner plunges into a river of ghosts with a new eerie post-post-modern cabaret, with haunting original songs of half-remembered nightmares and almost-seen spirits. Bremner has thrilled and delighted audiences from Edinburgh to Moscow with tour-de-force, whirlwind shows.

“My god, does he sing. Bremner’s performance is jaw-dropping—my jaw literally dropped” VIEW Canada.
“Laughter and jaw-dropping physicality… a must see.” Theatre Jones Dallas

13 & Up – Strong Language, Mature Themes

70 Minutes
One Man Stranger Things: A Parody
Chicken For Supper Productions / Charles Ross, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Charles Ross (of the One Man Star Wars & LotR) and Fringe legend, TJ Dawe, parody the Netflix smash series, Stranger Things. Prepare to have your upside down turned right side up. If this show doesn’t have you laughing until you bleed out your nose, like 11, nothing will. Except for Charlie’s other shows. Or TJ’s shows. They’re good, too.

13 & Up – Strong Language

75 Minutes
The Sibyl of Mars
Giant Nerd Productions, Seattle, WA

In the distant future, Sibyl has been sent to Earth from her home on the lush green planet of Mars. Her home is dying, and she suspects the reason may be the original plan to colonize the planet. Using a series of cards, she draws knowledge implanted in her mind to learn how, or if, she can save her world.

13 & Up – Mildly Explicit Language and References

60 Minutes
Tim Mooney: Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-fi Climate-Change Tragicomedy
Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre, Buffalo Grove, IL

Tim Mooney brings another World Premiere to Orlando! The Last Man on Earth sends a heads-up out to any Klingons, Vulcans and Tralfamadorians who might still be listening!

13 & Up – Strong Language

45 Minutes
Shakespeare’s Ghostbusters
Homicidal Orphan Productions, Orlando, FL

Whom Wilt Thou Call? The original Ghostbusters movie written by The Bard. Featuring Lords Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler, and a cast of spirits worthy of the poet of Avon.

The streams of 80’s nostalgia and Shakespearean text cross with hilarious results.

Pray I beseech thee, audience fair
To hear this tale of actions rare.
If spirits be the problem that troubles thee most,
Whom wilt thou call? The busters of ghosts.

13 & Up – Mature Themes

60 Minutes
Jason & the Argonauts
Ralph Gregory Krumins, Orlando, FL

An epic journey of Greek proportions! A musical comedy with three actors and an audience taking on 20 different characters. Not only will Jason be there but Hera, King Pelias, Phineas, Harpies, Sirens, Talos, Hercules, and Zombie Soldiers, too! With youth actors pulled from the audience during each show, can you help Jason bring home the Golden Fleece? Come join the crew and be a brand new hero!

All Ages

60 Minutes
The Light Princess
Summit Church, Orlando, FL

Based on a 19th century Scottish fairy tale, The Light Princess tells the peculiar story of a princess cursed with constant weightlessness by her evil aunt. She spends her days blissfully floating about the castle, amused by everything yet never experiencing the joys that gravity can provide. Can anything break the spell and bring her back down to earth? Told through a unique combination of dance, drama, and music. Family friendly show!

All Ages – Dance, Kids/Family, Music, Theatre

40 Minutes
TK 421 Is Dead: A Storm Trooper Story
Chicken For Supper Productions / Charles Ross, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Two friends, TK421 (a poster boy soldier) and TK411 (a genius who guards garbage) live on a spherical, moon-sized space station. Bound by military duty, they long for a serene life- vacations in the desert- far far away from their base. When a girl, TK564 (a cafeteria worker), suddenly enters the picture and a terrorist group infiltrates the space station, the duo are forced think outside of their sphere and trust their feelings.

All Ages

65 Minutes
Ghosts Among Us
Toni Clair, Orlando, FL

“Ghosts Among Us” takes the audience through 3 distinct episodes – each a famous ghost story from American folklore. These tales examine how belief (and disbelief) in the paranormal has shaped both individual lives and our collective culture:

Episode I: Resurrection Mary

Episode II: Bannockburn

Episode III: The Greenbrier Ghost

13 & Up – Matures Themes

60 Minutes
T.H.E.M (The Heroes Exemplifying Mediocrity)
Professional Party Girl Productions, Winter Park, FL

In a present day dystopia, an eclectic group of (former) superheroes struggle to find their way through the next chapter of life. The reluctant leader Queen B tries desperately to hold together what is barely left of her once triumphant team and their sanity. But when the call for help that they have been waiting for comes in, will they be ready?

13 & Up – Strong Language, Mature Themes, Violence

60 Minutes
When the Hurly Burly’s Done
Lake Nona High School, Orlando, FL

Set in the 1980’s world of imagination and adventure, four teens coincidentally find themselves alone in an attic with a cursed chest. Driven by their curiosity, they open the chest and release all the evil and dark magic into the attic and themselves. The teens discover the age-old tale of “Macbeth” inside of the chest, and when opened, they are sucked into the story and possessed by the characters. Can they escape the evil they’ve unleashed?

13 & Up – Mild Language, Violence, Death, Frightening Images

40 Minutes
Orlando Fringe Presents: One Man Star Wars Trilogy
Orlando Fringe, Orlando, FL

Officially endorsed by Lucasfilm, Charles Ross has performed this show for over one million Star Wars fans across the world. Ross single-handedly plays all of the characters with spot-on voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles, and condenses the plots of three films into one hilarious production.

All Ages

75 Minutes

 

SF at the Fringe!

Short post today, as I’m off to the Fringe Festival! There were several Star Wars-themed pieces of artwork on display at the festival last night.

I promise I’ll post Juan S’s list of genre shows, plus a ‘blast from the past’ article from the Gallifrey Guardian about a previous Fringe, later.