From the very beginning, I was having trouble deciding which panel to attend, when to visit the fantastic vendor room, or when to simply stand in one place and ogle the amazing cosplay that surrounded me. At 6pm Friday evening, I attended a panel with pro cosplayers Christine Evans , Clay Dockery, and Sarah Blum on costuming led by the amazing Michelle Hermark and learned a lot about hacker spaces, plastic bonding paint, and pepakura. The con was off to a fun and informative start.
Following my productive trip to the vendor room, I convinced my friends to attend Match Game of Rassilon at 10:30. Of course, I happened to be the only die-hard Match Game fan in the room, but everyone else soon fell in love. With an amazing celebrity panel of Ian McNeice, Frazer Hines, Sylvester McCoy, Daphne Ashbrook, Sam Stone, and David J. Howe, the eloquent host led us on a wonderfully colorful adventure of nipple rings, mustaches, and various euphemisms for male genitalia. The show was hilarious and we could not stop laughing. The highlight of my evening was when for five glorious minutes, I was honored with the opportunity to be a contestant. While I lost the round with only one celebrity match (Sylvester), I kind of felt like I won anyway, especially since David Howe remembered my name for the rest of the weekend.
|Femme Jaime, Femme 2, and Zoe|
After an impromptu photo shoot and a trip to the vendor room to fangirl Frazer Hines,
|"The arse is just the same!" - Frazer Hines|
At 2pm I attended the Costume Cavalcade Pre-Meeting and signed up as "The Doctor's Angels" with Kitten and Jenn. I had never participated in a cavalcade before, and I was excited at the prospect. After signing up, I sat in for a few minutes of a Christopher Eccleston panel (feels!) and hurried out for a Frazer Hines photo and the Missing Episodes Panel. While the panel was great, the best part was when David Howe picked me out of the audience and said "Hi, Ariel!" while Frazer said: "It's Zoe!" The con just kept getting better.
|The Doctor's Angels|
After losing to the best cosplayer of the group (Christine as The Girl Who Waited), the Doctor's Angels returned to the hotel room for a quick costume change and returned to the awesome Dance Party of Rassilon where I danced the Macarena for the first time in about 15 years. The Electric Slide also played, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I managed to stay awake until about 2am, when I finally retired to the room to sleep.
|Kicking it Old School Panel|
The remainder of the convention passed by quickly as I visited the vendor room for the last time, changed back into muggle clothes, attended the charity auction (I won nothing, but not for lack of trying!) and eventually the final panel about the 50 years of Doctor Who with Daphne, Frazer, Simon, and Ian. I eventually left the con with Elena around 6:30pm. On the way home, we were already making our plans for Long Island Who Two in 2014.
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