What a fantastic experience TimeGate 2015 was!
TimeGate started out in 2005 as a Doctor Who and Stargate conventiion, but since Stargate is no longer on the air, the focus has shifted primarily to Doctor Who, with a strong showing for other sci-fi and fantasy shows, cosplay, British culture and literature as well.
This year, it attracted more than 900 convention-goers to enjoy a fun-filled weekend of sharing, camaraderie, and just plain fun.
One of the great things about this particular Con is the music. There is always a lot of it, partly because of the influence of guest Louis Robinson, who not only worked for the BBC for a number of years as a film editor and in other capacities, but also was a radio and television host in Britain before retiring. He is also a skilled singer and guitar player. This year he brought a few friends along, a young couple and another singe rand guitar player, and they performed a delightful concert of British Invasion songs. We all had a great time Friday night singing along to Beatles and Who and other such tunes.
Then there is Ken Spivey, who always performs with his band. Ken runs TimeLord Fest in Tampa, Florida and sings original songs about the Doctor in what has evolved into a sort of Celtic punk rocck vein. He plays several fan conventions in Atlanta every year, including DragonCon, so we have seen him many times now and know and love the routine. It’s always a joy.
Aside from the music, Ken Spivey also participates in Doctor Who panels and Louis Robinson shares his expertise on the BBC, Doctor Who and British culture. Another regular is Lt. Moxie Magness, “Head cosmetologist on the Starship Enterprise under Capt. James T. Kirk.” Moxie is a unique entertainer who, with her huge blond wig and neon mini dress stands out in any crowd. She serves as the host of the Masquerade and this year of the charity Cabaret and generally spreads laughter and good times wherever she goes.
This year’s special guests included Nick Robatto, who has been a prop designer for the past 10 years of the Doctor, and Dr. Kevin Grazier, science advisor for movies and television.
But of course the main attractions this year were Michelle Gomez, “Missy” or “The Mistress” on Doctor Who, making her first appearance at any convention anywhere, and Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant, companion to Jon Pertwee’s Doctor. Both ladies were funny and delightful and will have articles of their own. Michelle Gomez was only at the convention on Saturday, but Katy Manning was there for the entire weekend and turned out to be the perfect convention guest, simply due to her great joy in meeting …and hugging…the fans and her amazing energy and rapid-fire wit in Q&A sessions.
I could talk forever about how great this TimeGate was, how well-organized, what a great job the ConSuite did providing food and snacks, the fantastic staff, but I will stop now and continue the saga in three more articles with slideshows, one for The Masquerade, one for Michelle Gomez, and one for Katy Manning, over the next few days. Enjoy the photos!