Gallifrey is a yearly convention held in Los Angeles, and, as I am sure you guessed, it celebrates the television show Doctor Who. It is a growing convention that has various guests show up every year. This year was a massive as not only was Christoper Eccleston in attendance. But the convention also featured Pearl Mackie, who is a loved companion from Doctor Who, as well as Tosin Cole. Tosin Cole is one of the newest companions for the new Doctor Jodie Whittaker. Having this combination of actors and actresses, increased the level of traffic at the convention and made certain lines longer but nothing to the level of San Diego Comic-Con. Enjoy reading about our experience at the latest Gallifrey One convention that went from Thursday to Sunday.
Thursday was the day we arrived at the convention. We checked into our hotel the La Quinta, which is near the Marriot, where Gallifrey was being held. Getting to the conference was simple enough, but getting our badges for the convention proved to be an exciting experience for me. EventBrite is the site where you can buy tickets for Gallifrey. Guess who had two EventBrite accounts? I did. I was in line for badges, and I couldn’t find my tickets on EventBrite, but it turns out that I had used a different account. I went into full panic mode, searching my emails for the receipt for my purchase. Luckily, I found the receipt! I also discovered my tickets after switching accounts. Haha, Fortunately, they didn’t require proof of my purchase just as long as my name showed on the guest list. I received my badge.
After my mini panic attack, and I received my badge. We noticed there weren’t any panels too interesting that day, so we just hung out until the ice cream social started later that night. The ice cream social was in a massive area of the hotel, the Marriot LAX. In the middle of the room, there was a toppings bar for the ice cream that you picked up from a table. There were a few flavors to choose from vanilla, chocolate, and I believe a non-dairy option. After the ice cream social, we went back to the hotel and grabbed a quick dinner before starting the next day.
Friday was Valentine’s day, and it was a special one for Tanika and I as we had recently gotten engaged. We started this day by enjoying the continental breakfast at La Quinta. Once we got to the convention, we went to our first panel called “Torchwood: Everything’s Changed.” Torchwood was a spin-off from Doctor Who except it was a darker take on the Doctor Who world.
This panel discussed everything about Torchwood from the audio recordings from Big Finish to how the show’s future. It was an okay panel, but it focused too much on the Big Finish audio recordings instead of just talking about the show. It was unfortunate, but it did give me insight into the Big Finish audio recordings. I do want to start listening to them after this panel because these recordings expand the Doctor Who and Torchwood world.
After that panel, we attended the annual people of color meet-up at Gallifrey. This panel is a great way for people of color to meet up with others like them and feel more welcome at Gallifrey. It also provides a wonderful way for friends to be made and to meet up with old friends. So, my fiancee, her friend, and I all went to this meet-up to meet old and new acquaintances. It was a good time.
Once the meet-up had finished, we wanted to see Tosin Cole give an interview. The interview was fantastic and made me even more of a fan of Tosin Cole. He was a chill and fun person to have seen be interviewed. After his interview, we got to see the ever wonderful Pearl Mackie, who was a companion for Peter Capaldi. She was a delightful interviewee and a joy to watch. She is a genuinely wonderful person, and her brightness lights up the room. If anybody gets a chance to see her live, I highly recommend it.
Once the interviews had finished, we headed back to the La Quinta, so Tanika and I could rest and get ready for our Valentine’s day dinner. We decided to go to the restaurant Cafe Del Rey. It is a beautiful spot by the marina with a nice view. It sounds like an excellent place for a romantic dinner, right? Yes, it was right up until we saw that the menu was price fixed for Valentine’s day. Now our original idea was to go to the Marriot steakhouse lounge and bar for our dinner. But, we had seen the prices there and thought, well maybe it would be cheaper to go to Cafe Del Rey. We were wrong. It was $110/person for a four-course dinner. This dinner menu was utterly unexpected, but we figured well were already there and had waited for at least a half-hour to be seated even with a reservation.
Our table set up as seen above was immaculate and meant to show that we were in store for a wonderful dinner. We both started off our dinner with the truffle scallop ravioli. It was a nice appetizer. It made me want more, but I guess that is the point.
The next course was an oyster duo. It was opened oysters that you just eat raw and one of them was topped with caviar. It was delicious.
The next course and the dessert course were my two favorite courses. For the entree course, I had a grilled rib cap steak while Tanika had the Chilean sea bass. The dessert had two options: a blueberry entremet or a Moelleux Au Chocolate. I had to the chocolate dessert and it did not disappoint. Tanika got the Blueberry entremet.
Our dinner was wonderful and the service was excellent. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to prepare for the next day of panels.
Saturday was mainly a day of panels. Each of the panels were interesting and fun to attend. The day, of course, started with another helping of food from the La Quinta continental breakfast. Once we arrived at the Marriot hotel, we headed to our first panel, which was called “The Mars 2020 Rover: The Countdown Clock is Running.” This panel was about the upcoming Mars rover that is due to be launched later in 2020. It was a fascinating panel and super informative led by Sarah Milkovich and Kim Steadman. They had immense knowledge and were able to provide excellent answers to all questions. This panel was terrific to attend.
The next panel attended by us was called “Hit Me Now, or Tease Me Later.” This panel discussed whether streaming services should release all episodes of a series right away or every week. I, personally, would prefer that streaming services release everything right away so I can binge. I am a huge binge watcher of TV shows and movies. If you disagree, I would love to hear about it in the comments.
Trekking the Next Frontier was the final panel we explored on Saturday. It discussed what is to come for the world of Star Trek. I love Star Trek, so attending this panel was excellent with the recent resurgence of Star Trek. This panel was incredibly relevant and allowed me to get other opinions and possibly news on anything new. No, there wasn’t anything new announced other than a book about Picard. The Picard book seems to be before Star Trek: Picard, which is exciting. So I put it on my list to read.
The Final Day of Gallifrey
Sunday was the final day of Gallifrey and was the day for us to head back home. Since we have a two-hour drive ahead of us, we decided to head back home early and skip any events that happen on Sunday at Gallifrey.
Gallifrey 2020 was another year of excellent panels and fun times had by all of us. We cannot wait to go next year. If you enjoyed reading this adventure at Gallifrey, be sure to subscribe and read our other adventures here.