It's a long way from Los Angeles to London, which may have some California-based Gallifreyans in a bit of a funk this mid-February. After all, the brand-new, much-ballyhooed Doctor Who Experience is debuting, way far from here, across the Atlantic. And, for some, pressing a TARDIS into service might be the only way to check it out.
But, take heart, time-and-space travelers: Gallifrey 2011 is taking over the dimension known as the Los Angeles Airport Marriott from Friday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 20. (Full name of the convention, we'll note: Gallifrey One's Catch 22 Islands of Mystery; it is the 22nd annual "Doctor Who" con in North America.)
From its name you might guess that it is a Doctor Who convention, and you'd be correct. It isn't just any Who Con, though; it is billed as the "North American Doctor Who Celebration!"
Big. So count on panels and talks -- we'd love to attend the Doctor Who and Philosophy one, on Friday, Feb. 18 -- and other con-y haps. Plus: photos! A rum party! An appearance by Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor!
The costume-filled Masquerade is one of the biggies of the weekend, and we couldn't sign off before wondering if anyone is going as a Weeping Angel. Because. Wouldn't people have to stare at you, constantly, without blinking, all night long? That might be the best outfit ever, for attracting attention and accolades.
Although you kind of have to keep your arms up and stone-like. Kind of tiring-sounding. Better yet, just go bow tie. Because. You know what they say.