Oh, what’s that? Just some Daleks cruising the halls of the LAX Marriot last weekend during the world’s largest and longest running Doctor Who convention, Gallifrey One, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who and 24 years for the completely fan-run convention. Gallifrey One is a pilgrimage for Whovians of all kinds, offering plenty of Who-centric entertainment from their wonderful guests to sketch comedy shows to a fully judged Masquerade to one wild karaoke, where it isn’t unheard of for a guest or two to perform. I’m looking at you Tony Lee and Richard Dinnick.
But back to those Daleks, I managed to capture a short video of their hallway hi-jinks that you can watch below. There’s also a few more photos in the gallery at the end of this post, including ones where you can see many of the convention’s guests, like Sylvestor McCoy (7th Doctor), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek operator, otter), Frazer Hines (2nd Doctor companion, Jaime), and Dan Starkey (Sontaran Strax), signed one of the pepper pots.
Doctor Whoturns 50 this year, and while we all know season 7 starts up again in a couple of weeks, we’re still not sure what other sorts of plans that the producers, the BBC and Steven Moffat have up their sleeves to celebrate.
In an interview recorded for Gallifrey One, the annual Doctor Who fan convention, Moffat talked about what’s coming up in the second half of season 7, the anniversary plans for the series, and he answered some fans questions about the writing, directing and production of the show. Unfortunately, the embedding was disabled, so you’ll have to click over to You Tube to watch the full 15 minute interview, but first some highlights.
On the matter of the party planning for Who’s 50th year Moffat says don’t believe the rumor mill. There will be more than one, 60-minute special to celebrate, including the balance of season 7, the Adventures in Time and Space bio-pic film that will bow sometime in the fall, and the usual Christmas special on December 25th.
“Doctor Who– the 50th – is approaching us with various different things – a lot of different things going on. Don’t believe the nonsense about one sixty-minute film, that’s complete nonsense.”
*Moffat called the 3-D for the 50th anniversary special, “a proper old headache”
*The eagerly anticipated return of the Ice warriors, Moffat calls “an absolute cracker of an episode”
*Despite rumors, a return of the Master is not “off the table”
*Moffat has already begun to make plans for season eight
*”The offer is continually made” for Russell T. Davies to return as a writer, although he keeps politely declining
*”Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” is happening, and it’s happening this season. The title of the episode if also to be taken literally
In other Moffat news he confirmed that Sherlock’s new season is “gearing up for production very, very soon. Next month.” So if you’re a fan of that series, there’s something else to look forward to this year from your British Broadcasting Corporation.
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