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The Gallifreyan Embassy would usually take WLIW (the Long Island PBS station that showed Doctor Who at the time) by storm during their pledge drives volunteering during their British science-fiction line up nights. Here is the gang back in the '80s in this classic black and white photo by Keith. From left to right is the "Anti-Doctor" (Chase), Louis, Andrea, Denise, Pete "Bug", Ken, Brian (standing behind Ken), PJ, Rob (all the way in the back), Al, Amy (next to PJ), Tim (front seated), and Keith himself (standing). Thank you Keith for allowing us to share this photo.
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Close-up of the second Gallifreyan Embassy (of Long Island) banner. Painted by Louis Trapani (acrylic on canvas) in 1986. The banner traveled with the Embassy at all its public appearances in the early years. This slide of the Embassy logo was used on screen at PBS stations such as WLIW during pledge drives when we volunteered. Photo and artwork by Louis Trapani.
The Gallifreyan Embassy is a Doctor Who fan organization founded in June 1985 originally serving the Long Island, New York area in the United States. Over the years it had expanded across the country. Today we are international.
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In the mid 1980s, Doctor Who was reaching the peak of its popularity during its run on local PBS stations across the US at that time. It was a time before we would see the first return of Star Trek on television, the Star Wars saga had concluded itself which left many science fiction and fantasy fans looking for something new and different. For many of them, that was Doctor Who. More and more PBS stations started showing the series on a regular basis and were being introduced to new Doctors both the then current Doctor, Colin Baker as well as past Doctors they had never seen before such as William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee. Conventions took notice by booking more Doctor Who guests and dedicated Doctor Who conventions started to take hold in the US.
Without the internet being in our homes like today, it left many fans no release or connection with other fans in between conventions. This is where local Doctor Who clubs really excelled. Clubs such as the Gallifreyan Embassy held monthly meetings, published newsletters in which we interviewed various members of the cast and crew of the series, volunteered at PBS pledge drives, participated at conventions and other Doctor Who special events, as well as a host of other special activities that made fans, friends.
Outpost Gallifrey Presents:
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 149
Running Time: 1:39:50
DVD Easter Eggs, Doctor Who Fab Cafe reports from Tim Drury and Dave "AC" Cooper, news, feedback from Rassilon on Planet of the Dead, Tom, Rob Shear, and Chris in NC.