Revisiting ConGT 2017: Ace In The Hole

Please forgive my delay in covering this year’s ConGT, especially since I’ve done two other cons since then. I get busy with work and cosplay and then time just flies, as time tends to do. But here’s a quick run-down of how much fun this year’s ConGT really was.

First and foremost, the title of this blog post says it all: Sophie Aldred was one of the guests at this year’s event (along with myself), so I got to fangirl over her up close and personal all weekend. But my adventure started on the day before the con, when we toured Nashville with Frazer Hines (Doctor Who’s Jamie McCrimmn), Colin Spaull (an actor who has appeared on both the classic and new series) and Andrew Cartmel (writer for the 7th Doctor). The tour was a lot of fun and included a stop at the Goo Goo shop, where I bought lots of little chocolate goodies to bring home. What can I say? I love food.

Perhaps, the geekiest part of my day, though, was at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Now, I’m not a big fan of country music, but I am a fan of BioShock, so, obviously, I got excited seeing this:

I only wished I had worn my BioShock Infinite TARDIS dress for the photo opp.

The next thing was the Friday night VIP party, which featured all the guests (again, myself included). I took a photo with Frazer.

Then it was time for a little Q&A with the VIP attendees. Although I’m a guest at the con, I was still surprised sitting in front of everyone with Frazer, Andrew and Colin. But, apparently, we all got a little bored at one point, because we made the same expression while ConGT King Edward Owen was speaking (sorry Ed!):

The VIP party was a lot of fun and there was wine and cake balls. Really, the perfect evening. After the party, though, we headed to the basement of the con hotel and played some Cards Against Humanity. Because fun will be had by all, right?

But we couldn’t play too late because I had to be up and at it early the next morning and ready for the opening ceremonies. While waiting downstairs with con staff, I learned that Sophie was running a little late (she didn’t get to the con until well after the VIP party). So I waited for her at the elevator and I was going to be all cool and collected. But when she stepped off the elevator and saw me in my Femme 7th Doctor cosplay, she started geeking out. Over me. Which made me geek out over her. She insisted on a photo and the rest of my life is a blur after that. I didn’t even think of having anyone take a photo for me, but I did eventually get one later that day:

Saturday was a very busy day for me at the con. I spent a lot of time running around. We did an hour and a half panel on cosplay (which was AWESOME). I took on the challenge of the costume contest this year, so I then had to attend pre-judging and the contest itself. There were so many great costumes this year and we had more entries than ever. At some point in the middle of all that, I managed to sell quite a few books, too, although I wasn’t at my table much on that day.

The Saturday fun never ended, though, because we ended the evening with drinks at the bar and some karaoke and dancing. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the Ghostbusters dancing with a dinosaur. But that’s con life. You never know what’s going to happen.

Sunday was a more leisurely day for me, so I spent a lot of time at my table (right next to Sophie!) getting teased by Frazer (who referred to my Rose Tyler/Harley Quinn mash-up as a Spice Girl) and having fun. And then I blinked, and we were having the closing ceremonies. Boo.

But as always, ConGT is one of those cons that remains near and dear to my heart as my homeĀ Doctor Who con. And also, as always, I left with a lot of new friends and people who feel more like family than anything. It was a great weekend and I can’t wait to do it again next year.

Now… how about some more photos?

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