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Gallifrey One, the annual North American Doctor Who celebration, is the world’s largest and longest-running annual Doctor Who convention.
Founded in 1989 by members of the local Southern California fan organization, the Time Meddlers of Los Angeles, Gallifrey One Conventions has run an event every year since 1990 (all but the first two each February), and has over time become one of the world’s most popular fan-run themed events devoted to the Doctor Who classic and new television series, and its spinoffs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
While very much a modern celebrity-driven convention, Gallifrey One stays extremely close to its roots in “old school” fandom: one admission cost for nearly everything at the event, with no preferred seating or tier packages, where pros and fans alike mix throughout the day. Our convention still boasts a classic-style art show, a hospitality suite (or “con suite”) with free snacks for convention members, a supervised children’s program room, hallway fan tables available for free to clubs and conventions, and specialized costuming events, as well as a dealers room, video program and special themed events. Plus, unlike other celebrity shows, our event goes well into the evening on Friday and Saturday nights with extensive evening programming, dances and karaoke, and a fully judged Masquerade.
With over 400 guests spanning twenty-five years, Gallifrey One has welcomed nearly every living principal cast member of Doctor Who, as well as many behind-the-scenes guests, from the classic series and the 1996 TV movie, including Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Maureen O’Brien, Waris Hussein, Peter Purves, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, Wendy Padbury, Dick Mills, Terrance Dicks, Barry Letts, Jon Pertwee, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, John Levene, Richard Franklin, Katy Manning, Elisabeth Sladen, Philip Hinchcliffe, Louise Jameson, Mary Tamm, John Leeson, June Hudson, Stephen Thorne, Geoffrey Beevers, John Nathan-Turner, Peter Davison, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Graeme Harper, Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Bonnie Langford, Dominic Glynn, Michael Jayston, Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Andrew Cartmel, Terry Molloy, Paul McGann, Philip Segal, Daphne Ashbrook, Yee Jee Tso and Eric Roberts.
We have also hosted dozens of guests from the 2005 revival of Doctor Who, both from on screen as well as behind the camera, including Billie Piper, Arthur Darvill, Freema Agyeman, Steven Moffat, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Mark Sheppard, Phil Collinson, Annette Badland, Tracie Simpson, Ian McNeice, Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey, Frances Barber, Tony Curran, Simon Fisher-Becker, Shaun Dingwall, Caitlin Blackwood, Georgia Moffatt, Louise Page, Velile Tshabalala, Lachele Carl, Stuart Milligan, Tracey Childs, Sonita Henry, Emma Campbell-Jones, Mark Gatiss, Paul Cornell, Tom MacRae, Andrew Hayden-Smith, Robert Shearman, James Moran, Nicholas Briggs, Richard Hope, Paul Kasey, Nina Toussaint-White, Toby Haynes, Richard Senior, Steve Hughes, Saul Metzstein, Douglas MacKinnon and Ben Browder.
We have additionally welcomed guests from the Doctor Who spinoff series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, with guests such as Tommy Knight, Anjli Mohindra, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen, Naoko Mori, Tom Price, Gareth Thomas, Cush Jumbo, John de Lancie, Finn Jones, Paul Marc Davis, Daniele Favilli and Phil Ford; as well as popular guests from a variety of genre television series such as Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Farscape, Crusade, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, AlienNation and Lost in Space. Gallifrey One has also become an international event, hosting hundreds of fans from outside the US, as well as attracting dozens of writers of Doctor Who fact and fiction and many science fiction, fantasy and horror producers, writers and technical wizards.
Gallifrey One is presented by Gallifrey One Conventions, a subsidiary of The Institute for Specialized Literature, Inc. (ISL), a California 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our endeavors receive additional generous support on an annual basis from the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests (SCIFI) Inc. and the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) Inc.
Gallifrey One Conventions is run by our Board of Directors: Robbie Bourget (Chairman), Shaun Lyon (Vice Chair & Program Director), Joyce Lloyd (Vice Chair & Facilities Director), Dan Sandifer (Director of Operations) and Cathy Beckstead (Evening Events Director).
The Gallifrey One website is created and edited by Shaun Lyon and hosted by A Small Orange Web Hosting.
The Gallifrey One convention logo was created by Christopher Jones.