Usually, by day three of Gallifrey One, I’ve covered some announcements, as well as reported in on some panels. However, this year’s con was a completely different experience for me. Not only did I confess how much meeting Billie Piper affected me (and thanks, Twitter, for making that one of my top posts), I decided to focus on a few things (like The Inspector Chronicles announcements). I have usually also posted photos by now, but this year, I was lazy and didn’t take many (but don’t fret, I have people who know how to use a camera better than me who are going to be kind enough to let me share their photos).
The thing is… this year’s con focused on something else entirely: friendship. In fact, when I looked back at the panels I attended this weekend, I realized that I only attended up to about 3 or 4 plus some cool “after-hours” events. Yes, I met Billie Piper (I’m still fangirling over that), but the majority of my weekend was spent hanging out with people I only get to see once a year. It’s funny, too, because I knew just one person at my first con. There, I met a few more. Then by my third con, I had discovered cosplay, so my network of friends grew. And by now, my fifth con, I seem to know a LOT of people (and continue to meeting many more). This is odd, considering that I was never the popular girl in school, but here, everyone seems to know me (including a few of the guests). And the thing is: I LOVE THESE PEOPLE. Yes, we only get brief moments throughout the weekend to hang out, but those brief moments, especially this year, meant everything to me. This is why I come to this convention every year. I do love the guests and the panels (I should mention that two of the panels I attended were actually those of friends), but even if those things didn’t exist, I’d come for the people.
I started this blog in 2011 after my second Gallifrey One convention. It started out small, and here I am, now not only supporting the projects of my friends, but also interviewing awesome people like Eddie Izzard, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and many more. And this all started because I went to a thing in L.A. where people express their love for Doctor Who and welcomed me as one of their own. Thank you and I love you all.