Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Gallifrey '09 - The Lead Up

I'm now two sleeps (three, if you include the inevitable dozing on the plane ride down to LA) away from being at Gallifrey '09, and the excitement and anticipation is building. I've already packed my carry-on (it's been ready since Monday night!), and I'm almost completely ready to begin the trek. Others - including the Podshock gang, amongst many others, no doubt - have already arrived in SoCal. Warren, Chris, and I will be arriving at differing times throughout Friday, although it seems that I will have the most amount of sleep out of the three of us.

This is my first ever Doctor Who convention and, having grown up and spent most of my adult years thus far as a lonely Doctor Who fan, with no community to call my own, it will feel quite weird to be in a room (or rooms) full of people who actually share the same passion for this crazy, amazing show we call Doctor Who.

I'm also looking forward to meeting our fellow podcasters in arms, Podshock and Tachyon TV, both of whose charter members will be at Gallifrey and, indeed, on the same panel at the convention as us (which, unsurprisingly, will be about podcasting Doctor Who). It will also be cool to finally be in the same room as my partners in crime, Warren and Chris. Any combination of the two of us have been within handshake distance (and no closer, please) in the past three years, but not all three of us. We'll probably fight.

Believe it or not, the one aspect that has been surprisingly far from my mind is the fact that so many Doctor Who luminaries will be there. I grew up watching Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. What can I possibly say to them? Oh, I hope I don't come across as a nervous, sycophantic nerd in front of them....

Anyway, now the long wait until my Friday flight begins in earnest...


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