Two Whos and a Lie! (Live from L.I. Who 5)

As expected, the weekend spent in Long Island with a few thousand good-natured and excitable Whovians was a whirlwind of laughter, surprises, fascination, and even dancing (yes, that was Barnaby Edwards leading what could only be described as “The Dance Floor Revolution of the Daleks”). Through it all, GPR opted to keep spirits up and minds confused, with a series of game show panels designed to entertain and amuse. We sincerely hope we met our self-appointed challenge.

This week, we share the live recording from the Long Island Doctor Who Convention (L.I. Who 5) of our audience participation game, in which players (you lovely listeners) attempt to identify the false fact from amid a trio of odd trivia. As Jay was unable to join us in New York, our good friend Alyssa Franke of ‘This Week in Time Travel’ helped us on the stage, and ten rounds later, we spilled back out into the con with some new facts learned and new friends met.

Immense thanks to Ken Deep, Amanda-Rae Prescott, Billy Davis, and the entire LI Who staff and volunteers for making another great convention a reality. (Or was this our reality after all?) Thanks as well to all our contestants, panelists, and those who simply stopped to chat with us throughout the weekend to comment and/or commend us for the work we do on GPR. Your input and support give us life.

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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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The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did

What Quill Did

“Sometimes, you want to know how the other half lives.” This may be the case when you’re daydreaming about life in a higher income bracket, but if you’re an indentured alien warrior going to otherworldly and other-reality extremes to free yourself of your oppressor, you might want to draw up a quick pro/con list before agreeing to get sucked into a funky glowing French press machine and being asked to battle mythological deities in order to merely reserve a spot for a rather dodgy surgical procedure. (“Don’t blink” takes on a whole new meaning.)

This week, Jay and Haley try to comprehend the alternate planes presented in the seventh Class episode, “The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did”. It’s the flip side to the goings-on while the students were in detention, and we try to figure out who got the short end of the stick on those outings. Oh, and Jay misses a critical detail of the episode’s final moments that changes darned-near everything for him. (That’ll teach him to check text messages while viewing…)

Bonus Segment: A wonderful few minutes talking with Ace herself, Sophie Aldred, live from L.I. Who 4!Sophie Aldred LIWho 4

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Classic Rewatch: The Silurians

Doctor Who and the Silurians

As an evolved, scientifically curious species, we Terrans are woefully ignorant on a relative interplanetary scale. Honestly, it’s a wonder our brutish, barbarian tendencies haven’t caused us to be eradicated by a greater galactic power a dozen times over by now. We find another sentient species dormant beneath our planet’s surface, and immediately fall into two camps: cringing subservience; or distrusting militant response. Leave it to a dashing (if oddly dressed) hyper-brilliant alien to point out the need for a little diplomacy…but is he paid any heed? (Guess that “scientific advisor” role isn’t the same as “scientific decision maker”.)

This week, our Third Doctor dons his best spelunking gear, and gives us our first look at what might have been our reptilian overlords in “The Silurians”. We discuss the emergence of this iconic villain, the unsettling relationship developments between Doctor and Brig, the continued bad-assery of Liz Shaw, and how a weird music score can drive us absolutely nuts. Oh, and Bessie. Always Bessie.

Bonus Segment: Ten minutes spent with Captain Yates of UNIT, the charming Richard Franklin, in our interview from L.I. Who 4!

Richard Franklin at LI Who 4

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