Our Panel Line-Up for L.I. Who 5

Long Island Doctor Who - LI Who 5

It’s about as official as we allow ourselves to be! If you’re planning on joining us in three (!) short weeks in New York for L.I. Who 5, along with 1,500-plus other crazy-excited Whovians, here are our hosted and/or moderated panels for the weekend, including our live podcast recording that is now becoming a legend in our own minds!

Oh No, Who Didn’t! (Friday @ 1:00 pm, Program Room B)

The fast-thinking, high-sarcasm Whovian game from Gallifrey Public Radio is back. A panel of would-be know-it-alls compete through rounds of altered scenarios in Doctor Who. What if your favorite character’s alignment was flipped? What if a despised classic villain encountered a modern Doctor? And never forget the dreaded “Fire, Retire, Admire” round!

Cosplay Building with Foam (Friday @ 6:00 pm, Cosplay Room)                        

Join GPR host Keir Hansen for a presentation and some live demonstration for those interested in learning basics of using EVA foam to create costume and prop pieces. We’ll also discuss where “foamsmithing” sees its advantages and disadvantages, ways to keep costs down, and where to find ideas and inspiration.

The $100,000 Pyramid At the End of the Earth (Saturday @ 7:00 pm, Program Room C)

You know what famous name or term from Doctor Who that you WANT to say, but have to describe it without all the most common descriptive words. The well-known game show gets a Whovian twist thanks to the GPR squad, along with a lot of awkward fumbling and laughs along the way.

GPR Live: Two Whos and a Lie! (Saturday @ 10:00 pm, Program Room C)

Back for another year, the team from Gallifrey Public Radio invite the masses to be a part of their live podcast recording. This time around, they’re bringing a game of strategy and deception, as the audience is asked to identify the false fact from among a trio of odd Whovian trivia. Think you know your stuff? Can you call a bluff? Then come be a part of the game, and the podcast!

 

The L.I. Who 5 Preview

Our crack GPR team is scattered across the North American continent, but there are a few events on the calendar that regularly have us all converging on the same spot (Blinovitch Limitation Effect, be damned!). The Long Island Doctor Who convention is at the top of that list, and anyone who has attended in the four years prior knows precisely why.

This week, we have the L.I. Who showrunner himself, Ken Deep, back with us to discuss the Herculean efforts that go into putting such a convention together. We talk highs and lows, challenges and triumphs, and that “fan-based con feel” that you simply can’t replicate anywhere else.

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Classic Rewatch: The Mutants

Kafka has nothing on the minds of Dave Martin and Bob Baker. Well, then again, maybe he does, but we’ll be darned if The Metamorphosis is half as entertaining as watching a civilization of warriors (looking like a group of roadies from a Journey tour who found a side gig as extras in Game of Thrones) try to stave off a transformation into a chittering bug-people, all while trying to exert their independence from a tyrannical alien race — who just happen to be the last vestiges of a rapidly collapsing Earth Empire. Oh, and did we mention the poisonous daytime atmosphere, radioactive caverns, or insane figures of authority on all sides? It may be six short episodes, but you might need a road map and a rest stop along the way.

Stephen Webb of the Coal Hill AV Club joins us for many, many trips to and from the surface of Soros in the Third Doctor story, “The Mutants”. With the customary ‘too many megalomaniacs in the kitchen’ scenario, along with a Braveheart-like uprising, you almost don’t need big-eyed aliens. But you’ve got ’em, friends. Keir enlightens Jay on a bit of “hey I know that guy!” casting, Haley and Stephen debate the effective use of Jo Grant’s character, and we all find a greater appreciation for “Super-Ky”.

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Basically…Run

Whether you are in pursuit of the rapidly shrinking portal that will allow you to return safely to your own relative time and place, or avoiding the grasp of some malicious alien race hell bent on tearing you atom from atom, if there’s one thing Whovians from all eras understand, it’s running. Either towards or away from danger, the act of getting one’s humanoid butt in gear is as essential a skill as escapology (thanks, Jo, just in time!), hand-to-hand combat (easy there, Leela, that thing is sharp), or scathing retorts (honestly, Donna, that hurt). So if you could find a way to not only run for survival, but for the greater good, wouldn’t that be the ultimate goal? And for those wondering, no — we don’t mean replacing the Eye of Harmony with a giant hamster wheel. Although wouldn’t that be wicked?

This week, we are joined in studio by Dawn and Brian Biggs, founders of the non-profit organization, the Whovian Running Club. By coordinating and promoting multiple ‘virtual runs’ over the course of the year, each with a Doctor Who theme (such as the “No More 5K”), each race donates the proceeds to a charity that is not only linked in some way to the race theme, but is specifically selected to reap the greatest benefit for the funds received. From veteran’s health, to child adoption, to animal rescue, the WRC is responsible for millions in donations — and boasts an online community that is not only massive in number, but in comradery and heart.

Lace up those trainers, and stay limber, because there’s an awful lot of running to do.

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Classic Rewatch: The Sea Devils

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Absence from the Master makes both hearts grow fonder. Take a short hiatus from full-tilt, beards-to-the-wall Roger Delgado stories, and his dastardly return is like that delicious thin mint after a massive four-course meal. Pair that little morsel of menace with a digestif of a Silurian spin-off species, and you’ve got a Whovian meal to remember.

This week, we slowly rise from the depths of main show hiatus to absorb the six-part aquatic adventure, ‘The Sea Devils’. Pertwee and Manning are back in the Master’s crosshairs, this time attempting to lure another reptilian (well, amphibian, to be precise) race out of hibernation to claim back the planet they believe the uppity ape descendants have wrongfully occupied. With the help of the Royal Navy to enable great location shoots and officers as extras, as well as a supporting cast of characters you can’t help but enjoy — oh, Trenchard, you cad — our studio guest Heather McHale joins us to revel in this Season Nine oceanic extravaganza. Crank up your hovercraft, load the onboard DVD player, and let’s dive in.

EXTRA: Our first round of panel announcements are in for Long Island Doctor Who (LI Who) 5, coming in November!

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