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    Posted February 22, 2013 by
    Los Angeles, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    ‘Doctor Who’ turns 50

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    Timeless Doctor Who


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JDAlady told me of this popular Los Angeles convention, 'The mood was ecstatic with pure joy. Complete strangers met and shared "Doctor Who" stories. I guess my favorite moment was meeting Sylvestor McCoy at the very end and the last night of LobbyCon where we all mingled. He was so sweet and the people I met were so much fun.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    In a city of weeping angels, Whovians united for the 50th anniversary of their beloved Doctor. Since 1990, Gallifrey One has housed this immense gathering of Daleks, Doctors and driven fans from all over the world. They share an inexplicable bond, one that transcends time and space. In this far corner of the universe, a loving crowd breaks spatial and temporal rules with their overflow of joy and adoration. It is truly bigger on the inside.


    The guest Doctor was Sylvester McCoy, the seventh incarnation of Doctor Who and recently the wizard Radagast of The Hobbit. Sylvester was flocked with eager and happy fans as he roamed the panels and convention corridors. At the opening ceremonies, the guests’ heart felt appreciation of the show’s following was fully relayed with cheers and well ‘friggin’ wishes (that Silurian has presence!). The alluring Neve McIntosh, adorable Ian McNeice, lovely Freema Agyeman, witty Mark Sheppard, comic Ben Browder, among others, lead a full program of treats and eye candy.


    When a previously lost episode was shown, the audience responded with one voice and one understanding of the classic series nuisances. The Chumblies (looks like stacked roombas) added humor that only comes from a 50-year retrospect and level of adulation.


    There are those who, in their 80s childhood, constructed a cardboard TARDIS. This little Jersey City girl even watched the late late night PBS airing on a boom box installed with a black and white TV. Having the opportunity to pose with a Dalek, Tom Bakers and the TARDIS was the epitome of glee.


    At the end of Gally, attendees could only wish for a chronic hysteresis …where the time loop never ends as LobbyCon guards the festivities of Gallifrey.






    by Diane Abela (http://dianeabela.com/)

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