Reminder: Schedule Now Online
This past Monday we released the Gallifrey One 2020 Schedule of Events. We wanted to be sure to remind everyone that the following items have NOT yet been included on the schedule:
- Autograph sessions with all sponsored guests; that is, guests who are being brought by Showmasters Events and Alien Entertainment/Big Finish (this is noted in their descriptions on the Guests page)
- Photo ops for all guests
- Diamond Pass, TARDIS Tag and add-on package meet & greet events, except the Christopher Eccleston VIP script reading session
All of these items will be added in the next week or so, as they involve working with our sponsors and our photographer to schedule everything, so please be patient!
Peter Davison Script Reading
For you classic series fans, our sponsors are doing a private script reading with Peter Davison during the convention weekend! This is a great opportunity to come listen to Mr. Davison speak, read selections from one of his filmed Doctor Who appearances, and take home a signed copy of the script. It’s now available as an add-on option in the Convention Photo Shoots store.
We have some new guest announcements for this year’s convention:
- Actor Vaughn Armstrong joins our Star Trek Autograph Party at this year’s convention. Mr. Armstrong, who was with us back in 2006, was featured in multiple Star Trek shows but is probably best known as Admiral Forrest in Star Trek: Enterprise. He’ll be joining us on Friday for autographs in the convention center foyer. (Photo Ops are now available in the Convention Photo Shoots store.)
- We are happy to welcome three writers who worked closely over the years with the legendary D.C. Fontana, and who are joining us this year to celebrate her life and work during our Saturday panel “A Tribute to Dorothy C. Fontana”: Arthur Sellers, whose work includes episodes of Space Precinct, Earth 2, She-Wolf of London and Max Headroom as well as a lengthy career in comedy writing; Shari Goodhartz, writer of episodes from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gargoyles, Exosquad, Phantom 2040 and Gargoyles; and returning guest Wendy Pini of ElfQuest fame!
- As previously announced as part of our science program, we are happy to welcome Jessie Christiansen and Phil Hopkins of the California Institute of Technology, both of whom will be presenting science events on Saturday.
Also, please note that while Anjli Mohindra is still coming to this year’s convention, we may have to make a couple of switches in our program to accommodate her busy filming schedule, so stay tuned!
A Word about Program A Seating…
As all of our returning attendees can attest, the main auditorium (Program A) cannot seat all of our attendees at the same time; there is simply no room large enough to do so. Because of this, Gallifrey One creates a robust program comprised of multiple program tracks: five standard tracks (Program A-E) with a sixth track (Program F) comprised of meet-ups, gatherings and special events. We do as much counter-programming as we can in order to ensure that everyone has something to do, even if they cannot get a close-up seat in the main hall.
That said, we also take other measures to accommodate as many people as possible:
- For the two Christopher Eccleston interviews, we have purposely programmed the first one on Saturday at 5pm, and the second on Sunday morning at 10am. The first event on Saturday will almost certainly fill up to capacity (including standing room), so we invite everyone who cannot take part in it to arrive on the convention floor by 9:30am Sunday morning when we open seating for the second. Although we do expect the Sunday morning event to fill up as well, those who arrive early will be able to get good seats.
- Interviews with guests Tosin Cole and Pearl Mackie only take place on Friday, and we do expect these events to be full, although both will also appear on Saturday during the “This or That” interview. Therefore, we would like to ask that anyone determined to stay in their seats throughout the day on Saturday please consider letting others use seats on Friday for the one-on-one interviews.
- During our peak hours on Friday and Saturday afternoons in Program A, if there is no warm body physically located in a seat for more than a few minutes, Gallifrey One staff may allow the seat to be filled with a waiting attendee, except in cases of occupants using the restroom or grabbing a snack during panel breaks. In other words, you may not save a seat for an entire hour; we will fill it with another attendee.
- For The Idiot’s Lantern sketch comedy show on Friday night, and the Masquerade on Saturday night, we will once again permit lines to start forming in the foyer after 6:00pm when Program A closes. However, please be aware that we have been able to seat everyone in these lines for both nights (as many of our day-tripper attendees go home in the evenings) so it’s absolutely not required that you line up. And yes, you may certainly have someone save your place in these lines so you can go eat or take care of other business.
- On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Program A seating will open at 9:30am.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Upcoming Important Date Reminders
Please remember the following very important dates in the next couple of weeks:
- Friday January 31 is the last day for pre-convention Ticket Resales, meaning that all of your transactions for ticket resales must be concluded and the Resales Form must be submitted to the convention (by the seller) by end of day. We will reopen the ability to do on-site resales on Thursday February 13 at the convention, but only if both parties are physically present (as we cannot do email confirmation when we are on site). Full information is located at the Ticket Resales page.
- Saturday February 1 at 12:00pm (Noon) Pacific Time is when our Kaffeeklatsch Sign-Ups take place as well as sign-ups for the Science Workshops for Children (and Their Parents). See our Add-Ons and Merchandise page for full details.
Charity Auction Donations
As a reminder, the Gallifrey One Bob May Charity Auction relies entirely upon donations of merchandise to auction for a good cause! If you’d like to help out, we ask that you bring items you’d like to donate for auction to the convention.
Our Auction Center is located in the Los Angeles 4 room at the very back of the central Fan Table Hallway, opposite the rear entrance to the Dealers Room. You can leave all of your donation items with the friendly staff in the Auction Center. This room is also for viewing items that have been donated for auction, participating in our silent auction process for some of these items, and buying tickets for the cash raffle we’re holding for charity this year.
What are we looking for? In short: donations of science fiction, fantasy, comics, horror or genre related material, most especially Doctor Who and its spinoffs. This includes items from many different genres: a few examples include Torchwood, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, The Expanse, Stranger Things, Westworld, The Prisoner, Blake’s 7, Outlander Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Red Dwarf and the myriad comics-related TV shows and films; as well as anything related to science fiction film and television, SF/fantasy literature, comic books, or collectibles. Anything that has a tangential relationship to the SF/fantasy/horror genre which is in at least very good condition. Autographed photos, commemorative items, one-time prints, illustrations, etc. are also welcome. If you find it to be a valuable collectible, chances are good that others will, too. Just be sure: this is not a disposal service for items you wish to throw away!
Full details about this year’s charity, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Children’s Miracle Network, are located on the Charity Auction page.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.
Children’s Programming at Gallifrey One 2020
Gallifrey One’s Children’s Programming Room is for children aged 6 to 12 along with their parents, involving all kinds of activities for children to enjoy; there will always be something to do, and where kids will enjoy themselves and have fun! Our children’s programming team is doing another fresh take this year by combining new and old, with fun and innovative activities that are sure to create a wonderful time for kids and adults alike. From making sonic screwdrivers, to Doctor Who, Pokemon or other genre crafting, making banners and ribbons and even daily LEGO events, there will always be something to do.
The Gallifrey One Children’s Program is not a child-minding service: it is programming for kids. The children’s program will operate a sign-in facility for children who are convention ticket holders; they can be signed in for a maximum of four hours at a time (everyone needs a break!) allowing your child to have his/her own convention time. Younger children are welcome in the continual company of their parents.
Although we previously announced the Children’s Program would be located on the convention floor, it is in fact taking place this year on the first floor in one of the suites (in fact, the former location of our hospitality suite). Children’s Programming is open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The schedule of events for the Children’s Program is online on our electronic schedule (click on the Children’s Programming filter). Please note that the Science Workshops are not considered part of this program, as it is administered separately. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!
Dining Options for Gallifrey One 2020
We’ve made a few changes from last year’s dining schedule, in order to serve our attendees better.
On Friday and Saturday, unlike the past few years, our Program A schedule ends at 6:00pm, and our evening shows begin at 8:00pm. We’ve done this deliberately to provide everyone with a two hour dinner break which should make dining easier (and allow you to join us for evening fun!) Of course, there are a few events scheduled for the 6pm-8pm hour both nights for those who want to partake.
Meanwhile, the following is a guide to the food and beverage options we have in store for you in February at the Marriott LAX Hotel:
- Social Market Cafe is the Marriott’s coffee shop, open at 6:00am, which prepares food from various local and regional California suppliers, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant has a breakfast buffet (same style as before) and has a small bar. For 2020, Social Market will only be doing buffet service for breakfast, but will offer regular menus for lunch and dinner.
- Hangar 18 is the Marriott’s lobby bar & restaurant. It’s open from 11:00am until 1:00am for service and features some of the same fare as Social Market.
- J.W.’s is the hotel’s steakhouse, open at 5:00pm daily. Reservations are required as in years past. J.W.’s is on the pricey side (and reservations will likely fill up before the convention even starts, especially on February 14 aka Valentine’s Day.)
- FOOD TRUCKS! We will once again have a good selection of food trucks (the specifics of which we’ll announce soon) and our food trucks will be staying on Friday & Saturday until after 8:00pm to accommodate as many people as possible for dinner. The food trucks will once again be on the convention center level in the outer courtyard.
- Starbucks is open daily in the Marriott lobby for coffee, drinks, pastries and snacks. Note that the lines for Starbucks can be long in the morning (there are also Starbucks at the Residence Inn and Sheraton Gateway hotels!)
- Cafe Trenzalore is our convention center lunch counter, hosted by the Marriott; it’s a good place to pick up sandwiches, prepared salads, beverages and snacks while you’re on your way to convention panels. You’ll find it right outside the Dealers Room.
As we previously announced, Gallifrey One’s long-time Hospitality Suite is not returning this year. We know many of you will miss this room, but unfortunately over time it became a major expense accommodating such a relatively small portion of the attendee base; as costs for running our convention have increased, this was one of the areas we felt most comfortable with letting go.
There are multiple food options in the local area including Jersey Mike’s Subs and Z Pizza in the Residence Inn a block west of the Marriott; Trimana coffee shop in the business tower right across Airport Blvd. from the Marriott (note: closed Sunday); Carl’s Jr. fast food just east of the Hilton & Parking Spot garage; and and there are restaurants at the Crowne Plaza LAX, Four Points Sheraton, Embassy Suites, Renaissance LAX and other hotels. Further afield, several blocks east of the hotel (10-20 minute walk) are Taco Bell, Subway, McDonald’s, the Daily Grill at the Westin, and others
Finally, to our astonishment…. Denny’s on Century Blvd. at Aviation is still open! The LAX Airport renovation is currently well in progress, and it appears that the original plan to close the Denny’s (which was part of the same lot as the now-demolished Travelodge Hotel) is either delayed or abandoned. We’ll let you know if anything changes prior to the convention.
More news soon!