First, "Rose", the debut episode of the regenerated Doctor Who series, was
broadcast on BBC. Producer Julie Gardner said that she was hoping against
hope that they'd be lucky enough to get 6 million viewers, but in the back
of her mind she expected it to be 3 million. She was completely shocked
when 11 million viewers tuned in to watch the moment when Rose Tyler's life
would change forever.
Second, something very similar happened a little closer to home. The very
first TimeGate occurred that same day! And just like with "Rose" ... we
were hoping to get 40 or 50 people, but Susan and I told each other. "If we
only get 25, we'll be thrilled. This is something we've wanted to do for a
long time and we're going to enjoy it no matter what." We were totally
blown away when *85 people* attended that very first one-day mini-con.
As you know, TimeGate has grown immensely since that day 6 years ago. Those
first few TimeGates were one-day affairs held in an Elk's Lodge. We had six
panels -- three Stargate ones and three Doctor Who ones. We showed videos,
we had gaming, we had special contests. We even had a few dealers at a
couple of them. But we had no guests at the first three TimeGates. And we
continued to grow. Pretty rapidly, in fact. Soon, we had to make the move
into a hotel and to a full weekend convention.
Since that time, our guests roster had really blossomed. We've had actors,
writers, script editors, and composers from both Doctor Who and Stargate.
We've also had authors, comic book illustrators, scientists, merchandisers,
film archivists, biographers, game designers and many more. And they've all
And our audience has grown tremendously as well. We're expecting this year
to be our biggest attendance yet. A lot of that is due to the great guests
that we have booked, led by Sophie Aldred, Andrew Cartmel and Ben
Aaronovitch from Doctor Who (the Seventh Doctor era), and Mike Dopud from
Stargate Universe and the upcoming Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us from the beginning. And for
those of you that we picked up along the way -- thank you too for coming on
board and for continuing the journey with us. We are going to do everything
we can to make this year the best TimeGate ever.
Thanks, everyone. See you in May at TIMEGATE!!!
May 27-29, 2011
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