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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Dreamcasting (from ReGeneration Who 3)

This fandom is practically built on hypotheticals. Within the tempest of swirling “what if” and “I’ll bet that”, there are flying chunks of theory that range from the innocuous pipe-dream wishes (as in, “I wish they’d bring back Captain Jack, just one more time”) to the overly righteous demands (“if they don’t bring Jack back this season, I’m quitting the fandom forever”). As we get more and more invested in the infinite possibilities the program allows for, we may spend more time pondering the impact of certain character development and casting decisions.

And then, of course, when none of them come to pass, we stomp our feet, fire off a few snarky tweets, and go back to watching. We’re fans. It’s what we do.

This week, we call an audible in our planned GPR programming, and share with you all a panel discussion on wishful casting, recorded at (Re)Generation Who 3 in Baltimore. Joined by guests Tai Gooden, Don Klees, Heather McHale, and Ian McCann, we posit future casting for Doctor Who, including hypotheses about new characters under the Chibnall era, possible returns of classic characters, and since this was recorded a full two months before Whittaker’s announcement, we enjoyed a raucous “Next Doctor” discussion.

** Producer’s note: for those waiting for the conversation we had scheduled for this episode, that being the interview with Brian Biggs of the Whovian Running Club, we’ll be getting to that in exactly 2 weeks’ time…Keir did something rather stupid over the weekend, injuring his back, which ruled out the opportunity to have live guests in the studio. (He should’ve known not to take up parkour. Seriously.)

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Live from L.I. Who 4

Live from LI Who 4

We’ve had returns to alien worlds last seen when humans only perceived the world in black and white, scaly monsters thawed from the icy depths, and accoutrements on the TARDIS console that haven’t had hands jammed into them in over a generation. There’s something magical in realizing that a new episode of Doctor Who is actually using something from the “classic” era. (And hey, with the news today that Rona Munro is coming back to write an episode for Series 10, that counts, right? DARN RIGHT, it does.)

This week, live from Program Room C of the Long Island Doctor Who Con (or #liwho for everyone on the inside), we invite our audience in on the cast to discuss “Classic Renovations”. With the successful reintroduction of villains like the Ice Warriors and Great Intelligence, as well as conventions like the TARDIS Telepathic Interface and HADS, which other aspects of “classic” Doctor Who could see a successful return to the “modern” series? From characters, to locations, to technology, Keir and Haley sit back with more than a few drinks, and invite con attendees to hypothesize what could be brought into the current program, with varying degrees of update or rejuvenation.

Huge thanks to Ken, Billy, Amanda, Katie, Andre, Chris, and the entire L.I. Who team for yet another fantastic year. Our warmest dual-hearted hugs to all the GPR listeners who joined us, as well, and kept the conversation lively, light, and energized. 

“Give me pigeon headgear, or give me death.” Oh, yeah.

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L.I. Who 4 Preview

LI Who 4 Preview

We’ve never backed off our immense love and preference for the intimate, fan-run conventions, be they based on the Doctor Who fandom, or any other. There’s nothing like finding yourself in line for a morning cup of tea next to a celebrity or writer you admire, instead of rubbing far more than elbows with every living soul packed like so many sardines into an overcrowded convention hall. Long Island Doctor Who, or L.I. Who for short, has figured you the balance between intimacy of scale and quality of offerings, and with the fourth annual event coming up the weekend of 11 November, excitement and expectations are high — particularly here in the GPR studios.

Joined this week by the L.I. Who showrunner and quintessential DW fan, Ken Deep, we get to chat about the motivation to start the convention, the events to look forward to (both returning to the schedule, and new to this year), and what having the right staff of incredible people can do to make the experience one that both veteran con attendees and first-time guests can find truly extraordinary.

L.I. Who Tickets and Information: http://longislanddoctorwho.com/

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Paul McGann: Interview from L.I. Who 3

Paul McGann at LI Who 3

“He smelled of honey, he always let his tea cool far too long before he drank it, and he let me win at Scrabble…I think.” — Charlie Pollard, on the Eighth Doctor

Recorded live from the third Long Island Doctor Who (or L.I. Who 3) convention in November of 2015, we sit down once again with the Eighth Doctor himself, Paul McGann, and discuss the convention circuit, his latest projects with Big Finish, and celebrating his birthday with fans in New York.

(Also in this supplemental cast: our reaction to the announcement of the newest Doctor Who companion, Pearl “Bill” Mackie!)

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