This past Saturday, the 21st of August 2010 was not only our seasonal meet up on Second Life, it also marked the 5th anniversary of the Doctor Who podcast, Doctor Who: Podshock. (We used our last meet up last May to mark the 25th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy).
People from all corners of the world came together to have fun and to meet Doctor Who: Podshock hosts, correspondents, supporters, and other Doctor Who fans. As usual, Victor led the much anticipated TARDIS tours, a staple of our meet ups on Second Life in which he takes a TARDIS load of people to other Doctor Who themed areas of Second Life. This time, he even allowed me to pilot a Jon Pertwee style TARDIS for one trip. It was very exciting indeed.
The TARDIS Tours took us to Who Island which had a replica of Stonehenge with 'underhenge' which we discovered the Pandorica (and it opened)! We also got to see the console room seen in this year's 'The Lodger' episode and as always the tour concluded in the Doctor Who Museum. The virtual museum chronicles all of Doctor Who throughout its long history.
I meant to post this a couple weeks ago, but with series 31 wrapping up and with all of our live shows reviewing it all at the time, I never had a chance.
Even in this day of podcasts and other new media, the art of the fanzine is still around. As evidence is the launch of a new one covering Doctor Who, Fish FIngers and Custard.
In the premiere issue, it features a review of The Eleventh Hour, an article about the infamous 'PBS hijacking incident', Invasion Convention review, 'Cracks', an original 11th Doctor story, 'The Doctor in Wonderland', "It Could Have Been a Spin-off", a column by actor Harry Sedgewick, and what else?
Oh yes, an interview with some bloke named, Louis Trapani. There's much more, so check it out.
Join us live on the internet for a recording of Doctor Who: Podshock reviewing Dreamland. The recent animated adventure featuring David Tennant as The Doctor and Georgia Moffatt as Cassie Rice.
All six episodes of Doctor Who: Dreamland have already been shown in the UK and there will be a feature 45 minute version of all six episodes combined on 5th of December (at this time, no non-UK release dates have been announced).
Once again, we will be meeting up via Second Life for another exciting and fun meet up. Best of all, you don't have to drive there to attend. No matter where you may live in this world (or any other), as long as you have a broadband internet connection and a relatively contemporary computer you can join us!
After a very successful return to Second Life last May after having our first in 2006, we received tremendous amount of interest on us doing this on a more regular basis. We listened. We are now holding these meet ups seasonal.
Both the Gallifreyan Embassy and Doctor Who: Podshock Facebook Groups have now moved to Facebook Pages. The Facebook Group pages will remain, but new content and announcements will now be posted to the Facebook Pages for each instead. Be sure to friend us (or as the term Facebook uses, "fan" us) on each. You can find each simply by going to the following:
People have asked us how they could link to us from their website. It is easy. Our URL is http://gallifreyanembassy.org (alternatively you can also use http://podshock.net). Once you land on our splash page going to either one of those URLs, it will automatically take you to our interactive site.
If you are linking directly to our previous interactive section of site (i.e. http://gallifreyanembassy.org/portal), please update your link to either the URL stated above or to http://gallifreyanmbassy.org/vortex).
Also if you are so inclined, we have a web banner graphic that can be used (see below to download the 468x60 JPEG banner graphic).
As you may have learned, Outpost Gallifrey and the Doctor Who Forum on the same site will be closing come the 31st of July 2009 (see Shaun Lyon's statement here: Outpost Gallifrey & the Doctor Who Forum to Close July 31). The gallifreyone.com site, will stay dedicated to the annual Gallifrey One conventions.
For some 14 years, Outpost Gallifrey has served as the hub of Doctor Who fandom around the world. A rich community has developed around the site and we are ever so grateful to Shaun and the entire web staff there for all their hard work in making it happen.
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