“The real reason, the big reason that Doctor Who is still with us, is because of every single viewer who ever turned on to watch this show – at any age, at any time in its history and in their history – and who took it into their heart, because Doctor Who belongs to all of us. Everyone made Doctor Who.”
– Peter Capaldi
Just about a year ago, filming began on the eighth series of the revived Doctor Who. There was a lot of uncertainty, and a lot of excitement. None of us fans really had any idea what was to come, but with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, it felt – more than Tennant or Smith before him, even more than Eccleston – like the beginning of a new era. Capaldi had already made Malcolm Tucker into a Force of Nature. Imagine what he could do with one of the most iconic characters in sci-fi.
If you’ve followed my blog since then, you have a pretty good idea of how I thought it turned out.
Today, a year later just happens to be a week before. Seven days from the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to Los Angeles for my first Gallifrey One. I’ve booked my flight and hotel, I’ve read the schedules, I’ve made my to-do/to-meet list. I’m pretty much prepared.
But just like a year ago, I don’t think I’m quite ready.
Know me for three to seven minutes and you’ll guess that I’m not exactly new to the convention scene. But this is different. This is DOCTOR WHO. This is five decades of history, so much of which I’m still learning. These are people, in front of and behind the camera, I’ve followed for years. This is something close to my heart, and my head, for reasons I still haven’t figured out how to explain.
I have no idea what I’m in for. But I’m excited, and I’m going to do my best to enjoy the adventure.
Of course I’ll be posting on my experiences where and when I can, so if you’d like to join me for all of time and space, watch this space.
And this one.
And this one too.
Thanks as always for sharing the adventure. Until next time…