We the Gallifrey “family” have been waiting for this ever since it was announced they would be taping. Then the excitement ramped up while people watched it being taped at the convention and even got to participate. Now it’s finally done. They did a fantastic job. Thank you, Craig!
Missed Gallifrey this year? Now you can watch our premiere Who Crack Video Track on our new YouTube Channel! It is up at last, complete with the hand-done 11 Doctor countdown opening and end credits sequence that were such a joy to do for this massive project.
Click on the above link to visit our channel and watch the full playlist (sorry, playlists don’t embed for some reason). Don’t forget to subscribe to our updates as this is just the beginning of our projects.
I’ve been reading the Twitter #gally feed since the end of the convention and while it’s helping keep the end-of-con blues away, it is also sad to see so many succumbing to the dreaded and ubiquitous “con crud”…those nasty, germy things we all pick up at conventions from time to time.
It wasn’t by chance that I didn’t get sick this year…it took careful planning and determination, but when your favorite Doctor is in town, it is easy to find the will and determination to stay healthy. Except for Peter Davison’s very first appearance at Gallifrey, way back in 1989, I have been consistently sick this time of year with everything from flu to back problems. Perhaps because of the excitement over his being in town, one of my worst years of illness coincided with his last appearance. I threw not one, but TWO discs out in my back and spent the majority of the convention laying in the back of our minivan in absolute agony. Determinedly, (or stupidly), I would periodically emerge to catch him on stage and in the dealer’s room, while spending the rest of the time in the van, listening to the torrential rain pounding the roof and cursing my bad luck.
The final straw was last year – a year he was supposed to be here, but couldn’t make it. While I spent the first two days well, the last day I came down with a high fever and flu-like symptoms and missed attending the last day. Over the course of the next day or two as I broke out in the ugliest rash of my life, it came to the horrible diagnosis that I had somewhere, at some point before the convention (about 10 days before), been exposed to chicken pox.
That was it.
This year I took the greatest pains to stay well. Once a month back adjustments (including one the day before the convention) and I got a flu shot (which I have never done in my life) at the beginning of December. Nine days later I got sick, but it wasn’t the flu. It was a chest cold my husband brought home from work. Still plenty of time to get over it and recover. Most every year I get my yearly cold in December and am over it in plenty of time, so I wasn’t concerned.
It was about this time I started on something else new… “Thieves Oil” – a mixture of essential oils applied to the pulse points on the wrists daily, it boosts the immune system and kills whatever bugs you come in contact with during the course of the day. I was taking a chance that this $40 .5 oz bottle was going to help make the difference, but I was determined to do everything in my power to make this a healthy, memorable experience this year. I used it religiously, missing only one day between the day I started it and today. The oil seems to have worked because I am still plague free so far.
Perhaps the biggest help, ironically, was a life-altering shift in my stress levels. Things have been financially tight since last summer, and instead of worrying about the bills, I relied heavily on distancing myself from the stress, but still tackling the problem. A 12-week, extremely intensive “Black Belt Course in Excellence” course two years ago, which included heavy Law of Attraction theory and application, paved the way for better utilization of shifting my perspective towards stress and money. And as science has proven, stress reduces our immune system’s ability to fight off infections.
I hope everyone gets better quickly and that in some small way, this article gives you some ideas on how to beat the Con Crud and thoroughly enjoy next year’s Gallifrey.
With this week being one of recovering from the best conventions we have attended in the past at least 15 years, I’m a little behind the fast-paced news coming out surrounding Gallifrey. Just keeping up on the Twitterverse’s #galley hashtag has been a bloody chore in of itself! Expect the next week to be a daily roundup of everything connected to Who.
The first thing deserving mention, even above the convention itself, is the sad news that came to the Who world Tuesday evening through Twitter. The classic Who legend, Nicholas Courtney, aka The Brigadier, passed away peacefully at the age of 81. His last appearance in Doctor Who was in The Sarah Jane Chronicles last year in the two-part story Enemy of the Bane. Doctor Who Big Finish Audio Drama Executive Producer Nick Briggs said of his long-time friend: ‘I’ve known Nick for around 25 years and I am so sad that he has left us. I know that many of us will have such lovely memories of spending time with him. Our thoughts are with his wife Karen, his family and all of you who knew and loved him.”
We will miss you, Brigadier. You can now stand down Brig…job done, Earth protected. Watch an episode with him this week and do a salute, five rounds rapid. Splendid chap…all of him.
If you’re not monitoring the #gally hastag on Twitter, why the heck not?!? Here’s the best of the tweets…
If I don’t stop looking at Twitter and post this right now, it will never get up. It’s depressing the convention is over, but even the miss you tweets are bittersweet and happy in their own way…
“The lobby is a bit depressing, with the evidence of last night’s insanity cleared away. #Gally
Awake I think, but I don’t know why. Everything hurts. So worth it! #Gally
There’s honestly no word large enough to tell the difference #Gally made to me this weekend. I was completely blindsided by the degree of awesome that occurred at #Gally, entirely because of a bunch of random people who all like the same mad man in a box. Thank you.
5 of the best days I’ve ever had in my life. To my friends: splendid chaps, all of you. #gally
At this point it’s only the laughter keeping me awake. I will miss this place. #gally #lobbycon
I have departed Lobbycon, much to my sadness. I love you, #Gally.
Gallifrey is now over. I ended up with a grand total of 105 ribbons. I’ll miss it, but it was a lot of fun! Till next year! #Gally
Absolutely the best convention I’ve ever been to. Already have a ticket for next year! #gally
#gally was awesome, seriously. Already planning for next year!
Sorry #LobbyCon. Not feeling so hot. Scare some normal people for me. #Gally
A puddle of Ponds. A paradox of Doctors. A cry of Iantos. An orgy of Jacks. A murder of Masters. A pack of Aces. #gally
You know you are a true nerd when the hashtags #lobbycon and #gally are part of your phones autocorrect
All my bags are packed, but I’m NOT ready to go. Thanks for the time of my life, #gally.
Peter Davison is unravelling @TARDISTara’s Tom Baker scarf in the lobby! #gally
#Gally So that was one of the most wonderful, life-affirming weekends of my life. Thanks for that.
Home from #Gally. – Had a wonderful time and met so many nice people! Got exterminated, collected some ribbons, drank a lot, etc.
All my bags are packed, but I’m NOT ready to go. Thanks for the time of my life, #gally.
Sad that #gally is over. I won’t be surrounded by Amy Ponds, Daleks, and Doctors for another year.
#gally Thank you Marriot, I had a great stay, better than last. Well, last year I set my room on fire but that was my fault, not yours.
#Gally ended. It was if a thousand voices screamed and were suddenly silenced.
Thank goodness for President’s Day, it means I have a day off to recover from the BEST PARTY EVER! #gally #lobbycon
Only at #gally: watching John Levene giving “fatherly advice” to the Dalek Girls.
Flying home today utterly exhausted & completely happy. #Gally
Gallifrey One was wonderful. One of the the greatest experiences of my life. #Gally #DoctorWho
Lax feels unnatural. Not as single Amy Pond in sight. #gally”
“i seriously need to stop reading the #gally feed. you guys are NEVER gonna go to bed, are you?”
“Drunk dalek singing karaoke. I think I found hell #gally”
“This party beats the f@ck out of last nights! #Gally”
“Peter Davison, at Gallifrey One, describes putting his arm into a cow during All Creatures Great and Small. #gally ”
“@J____m_____ you better not have gone to bed already #gally”
“Riding alone in a crowded elevator with non-gallygoers while in full costume is both awkward and fun. But mostly awkward. #gally”
“Who do you have to blow to get to the front of the karaoke line-up? #gally”
“Karaoke line up list appears to be put together by Egyptian electoral commission #gally”
“Fun times at karaoke. It was like an extended episode of Big Bang Theory. #gally”
“Who is ready for the hot tub ? #gally”
“I’M DRUNK. WHICH REMINDS ME, TIME FOR MORE ALCOHOL. #gall”
“Made the drunk decision to venture out as Zombie Ianto.Did some of the Thriller dance.I’m a terrible person. This is great. #gally
“Still up, still drinking. Sure sign of #gally success!”
“There is a kindness & generosity of spirit here unlike any other con I’ve experienced. #gally #doctorwho ”
“Woooooo dennys at 4 in the morning! Yes I got back up and got drunk weeeee #gally”
“If I survive this #lobbycon it’ll be nothing short of a miracle. #gally”
“YAY GALLIFREY. ALCOHOL. #GALLY”
“Time Crash” running gag w/Peter Davison & Janet Fielding is probably my favorite part of #Gally so far. Those two are HYSTERICAL together!”
“I just saw the video of Peter Davidson’s entrance. Wow… #Gally #DoctorWho”
“Thank God it is only one weekend as if it were longer this would kill me #Gally”
“#Gally tweets are making me hideously envious.”
Hmmm…they must be writers. When we first saw them, they had drinks in their hands. We could tell they were writers from that and the English accents, but in case you missed those clues, well, they wanted to make it easier for us to spot them. They were very friendly, by the way.
Where the hell did this woman get so many ribbons already? The convention hasn’t even officially started yet!!!
My Tonner doll has already found his TARDIS…proof that the Doctor can find it anywhere in the universe.
The first costume we saw coming into the convention. Very nice and proof that Dr. River Song drinks.
5th Doctor & Captain Jack Harkness cosplayers. Very nice.