Gallifrey One 2015

Went the route of comfortable yet dressy con-goer this year.

I went the route of comfortable yet dressy con-goer this year. Photo credit to Blue Adept Photography.

Over Valentine’s weekend I attended the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles, CA.  For those who don’t know, Gallifrey One (“Gallifrey” or “Gally” for short) is the world’s largest fan-run Doctor Who convention, having been around since 1990.  Over the course of 3 full days, nearly 4,000 fans descend upon the LAX Airport Marriott.  This post might sound like an ad for the con, but it really comes from the heart and personal experience.  With the rising visibility of the show and its spinoffs in recent years, the convention has gotten so popular that a couple of years ago they started having to cap attendance numbers.  Some people were disgruntled about that, but ultimately it’s for the good of the fan experience.  The convention runners don’t want our little con turning into something as massive in proportion as the San Diego Comic-Con, because they don’t want to lose that smaller fan-run feel.  Keeping the con at a manageable size definitely helps the fans feel closer to their community and to the talent in attendance throughout the weekend.  Of course it also helps the halls from being overcrowded, overwhelming the hotel.  There are already enough attendees that people are spilling over into renting rooms at neighboring hotels. Continue reading