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Over the past few months we have been discussing having some sort of special anniversary event to mark the occasion this year. You may remember last year we held an event in Manhattan for our 24th anniversary in which we paired up with a monthly DWNY meet up and brought the lovely Daphne Ashbrook (Dr. Grace Holloway from the 1996 Doctor Who movie) to the event. See Happy Anniversary to Us… for further details.
We would like to something special for our 25th as well. It would be an event in the NY area, perhaps on Long Island as that is where it all began, yet still be accessible to our friends in NYC. Maybe a dinner event? Would you be interested in attending?
It was a quarter of century ago today, as hard as it is for me believe, is when the Gallifreyan Embassy began. Unbeknownst at the time, it was the day after the Discovery Channel was launched. It was also the day after the launch of the space shuttle Discovery (STS-51-G) which marked the first Arab and Muslim in space (payload specialist Sultan bin Salman bin Adulaziz Al Saud). Yes, it was 1985. Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Commodore launches the Amiga personal computer while NeXT is founded by Steve Jobs after leaving Apple Computer.
Just two weeks before we went Back to the Future in the theaters, the Gallifreyan Embassy of Long Island officially began.
In honour of Sylvester McCoy returning to New York this month and the 25th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy, we present you with this cut-down video of a WLIW pledge drive break from August 1987. At the time, like today, we had a new Doctor, the 7th Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, he along with the late Jon Pertwee and John Nathan-Turner, the then producer of Doctor Who are included in a pre-recorded interview segment in this 5th break of WLIW's Doctor Who marathon of The War Games. Eric Luskin of NJN conducts the interview.
Seen in this video among the Gallifreyan Embassy members volunteering is Ken Deep, and Louis Trapani of Doctor Who: Podshock, along with Tim Grogan, Beth Treckman, Pete "Bug" Reinert, PJ, "The Anti-Doctor", Monique, and others.
A screenshot taken from the video of the Gallifreyan Embassy working the 5th pledge drive break during WLIW's marathon of Doctor Who: The War Games in August 1987. It contained pre-recorded interviews with Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, and John Nathan-Turner.
See the video interview here: Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Nathan-Turner, and Gallifreyan Embassy on 1987 WLIW Pledge Drive
The following is a reposted entry from my blog on the Art Trap Productions website.
A couple months ago, the Examiner posted a video interview of Doctor Who: Podshock consisting of Ken Deep, James Naughton, and myself conducted by Chris McKeon. This time, I am on the examination table so to speak in this latest interview with examiner.com once again by Chris McKeon. In it, I speak about Doctor Who, Doctor Who: Podshock, the Gallifreyan Embassy, and some of our other shows. This interview was conducted about two weeks prior (mid-March) of the BBC premiering the first Matt Smith as The Doctor story of new series of Doctor Who, The Eleventh Hour.
You can find the interview here on examiner.com: Louis Trapani of Doctor Who Podshock visits the Examiner again
It's our spring Second Life meet up and what better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy. Come together with other Doctor Who and Torchwood fans no matter where you are geographically located, all you need is broadband internet and a computer capable of running the free Second Life software.
All we ask of you is to be mindful of others who may not have seen the current episode of Doctor Who that will go out on that Saturday or the two episodes prior (most countries outside of the UK are two weeks behind).
2010 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy. Join as we celebrate 25 years of Time and Relative Dimensions in Space!
Fun was had by all who attended. Podshock crew, Tardis Tara, Eric"Bullit 33", Ian"the6thDoctor"Bisset, Dave "AC" Cooper, Graeme"The2ndDoctor" Sheridan and of Course Thee Presenter, "Mr Podshock" Louis Trapani.
Once again, Victor1st put together a new video introducing people to our Gallifreyan Embassy / Doctor Who: Podshock Second Life Meet Up coming up on the 20th of February.
Whether you are attending Gallifrey 21 or not, you can join us at our Pre-Gallifrey 21 Second Life Meet Up.
Here's a chance to virtually meet up with those you might be meeting the following week at Gallifrey 2010 in Los Angeles. Compare notes, thoughts, and schedule details of the upcoming event. Even if you are not attending the convention, our seasonal meet ups are a fun and fantastic way to connect with other Doctor Who and Torchwood fans without even leaving the comfort of your own home. Each meet up has been grown larger and larger.
In August 1987, WLIW, a PBS station in Long Island, New York ran the epic Patrick Troughton 10 part story, The War Games as a marathon pledge drive. The Gallifreyan Embassy was there volunteering on the phones throughout the six hour event. We have already posted the first pledge break of the marathon, here are three more, starting with the 4th break (after episode 5, they skipped the break after episode 4) which includes a pre-recorded segment with the then new Doctor, Sylvester McCoy and producer John Nathan-Turner (with NJN's Eric Luskin). Sylvester talks about landing the role of Doctor here.
In the background can be seen Ken Deep of Doctor Who: Podshock among other Gallifreyan Embassy members, Beth, Tim, Monique, Pete, PJ, and others. This pledge break originally ran 17 minutes, but it is has been edited down to under 10 for YouTube.
What better way to whet or rather 'wet' your appetite for Waters of Mars coming to BBC One on Sunday, November 15th by joining us for our seasonal meet up on Second Life the day before, Saturday the 14th of November.
You thought things were frightening on Friday the 13th, wait until Saturday the 14th when we all come together once again for a Gallifreyan Embassy / Doctor Who: Podshock virtual meet up! The following day you may be busy watching and re-watching the long awaited next Doctor Who special, Waters of Mars starring David Tennant, but you got nothing going on the day before, right? Now you do!
Once again, our good friend, Victor1st at the Doctor Who Experience (Katrina) on Second Life has created an updated introduction video for our Gallifreyan Embassy / Doctor Who: Podshock Meet Up taking place on Saturday, the 15th of August on Second Life.
Since we introduced the first Gallifreyan Embassy T-shirts back in 1986, they have been popular fashion wear at conventions, meet ups, special events, PBS pledge drives, and just everyday wear. These original shirts and buttons have been long unavailable until 2005, when with the launch of Doctor Who: Podshock, we re-introduced Gallifreyan Embassy / Podshock shirts again.
Like the Doctor and the Doctor Who series itself, the shirts and other related items have been refreshed or "regenerated" if you like. Much of the same basic design remains, just slightly updated. Items include all various style of shirts in various colours. Men and women, plus sizes, kids and toddlers alike shirts can be had now. In addition to shirts, there are sweatshirts, hoodies, polo shirts, bibs, caps, bags, mugs, buttons, magnets, pet bowls, pillows, stickers, and more. Yes, even TIME MACHINES! Yep, time machines can be purchased as well, although most people use the term, 'clocks' -- they are still time machines. Plus more items.
They are all available at the new Gallifreyan Embassy Cafe Shop.