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Today (June 18, 2011) was the 26th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy. Today we also recorded a Doctor Who: Podshock episode live over the net reviewing the spring 2011 series of Doctor Who. In the show we briefly touched upon the anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy and we were privileged enough to have a long time member and now a Podshock Supporting Subscriber call into the show, Stuart Natelson to share some of his memories with the organization.
Correspondent Tara Wheeler
Tara Wheeler grew up with friends who were Trekkies. She knew there was something else out there waiting for her, but it wasn't until she was fourteen that she found it. Her first episode was 'The Five Doctors' so she likes to think that 'all of them' is her Doctor. She started knitting Doctor Who scarves the same year she discovered Doctor Who and thinks she's knitted somewhere around forty or so. She's met the actors who have played Two through Eight, plus most of their companions, writers, producers and staff.
Joshua Lou Friedman, West Coast Correspondent
Joshua Lou Friedman has worked in films and television since 1991. His television credits range from children’s animation (“Inspector Gadget”, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures”, “Sonic the Hedgehog”), to award-winning favorites such as “Heroes”, “CSI: New York”, “Monk”, “Everybody Hates Chris”, “Worst Week” and “Alias”. His feature film credits include “Transformers”, “9”, “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny”, “Cougar Club”, “Wizard of Gore”, “Big Bad Wolf”, “Midnight Meat Train” and the forthcoming “Bitch Slap”.
Billy Davis, Special Correspondent
Billy Davis is the newest addition to the Doctor Who: Podshock support team joining in 2008. His title: Special Correspondant. He can be heard occasionally on the podcast reporting from the various Doctor Who conventions and events he attends around the US. Billy is a native New Yorker and a long time science fiction fan who become a Doctor Who fan in 2005 with the new series.
Mike Doran, Canadian Correspondent
Mike Doran first saw Doctor Who on TV Ontario in the late 1970s and has been a fan of Doctor Who since childhood. He attended his first local group meeting at a young age and has been involved with Canadian Doctor Who fandom for more than twenty-five years. This involvement has included running local groups, editing fanzines and organizing events of all sizes. A former organizer with The Doctor Who Information Network (North America's largest and oldest Doctor Who fan club Mike still works on Who Party (North America's oldest Doctor Who convention) and other Doctor Who related events in the Toronto area.
Dave Cooper, Regular Contributor, Moderator
Dave Cooper, better known online as daveac, dac100, dac or cooperda has been a long time contributor to both Doctor Who: Podshock and the Gallifreyan Embassy website. Eventually Dave became a regular guest host on Doctor Who: Podshock and is often responsible for the editing together the sound clip montages we use on our live over-the-net Doctor Who: Podshock shows reviewing new Doctor Who episodes/specials.
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 photo by Keith. From left to right is Louis, Andrea, Amy, Pete "Bug", Denise, Al (sitting in front on phone), Ken, Brian (standing behind Ken), PJ, Rob (all the way in the back), Tim (front standing), and Keith himself (standing). Thank you Keith for allowing us to share this photo.
The Gallifreyan Embassy volunteered at the WLIW pledge drives during their Doctor Who and other British sci-fi programming, this is from one the firsts sometime in early 1986. That is Ken Deep in the back (with the microphone of course)... also seen off to the far left is Pete "Bug" and in the foreground, Lady Katie and the "Anti-Doctor" - Photo by Louis Trapani