“You were expecting someone else?” : TimeGate 2013

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and TimeGate did something amazing: they brought a Doctor to the states. And not just any Doctor, the Sixth Doctor. Colorful, crazy, passionate — these are all words that could describe the sixth incarnation of the time lord, but for the actor underneath the rainbow-colored coat, Colin Baker, he was wonderful, generous, and kind. Baker is the second Doctor I’ve met (Sylvester McCoy was my first, and also wonderful and hilarious) and I can’t tell you how it warms my heart to see the people who were involved with the long-running show are as passionate about it as the fans themselves.

Speaking of passion, I spent most of my time as a panelist on the Cosworlds track, which accounts for a huge lack of pictures on my part. Friday night, on the first panel up I got to ask Steve Gostelow (a Classic Who era Cyberman) and Valerie Halverson (Stargate costume designer) what their toughest on-set challenges were and how they overcame them. I also shared my knowledge of New Who costuming, from finding alternatives to screen accurate items and getting the look just right. Case in point: this Donna Noble costume I put together for my friend Tonya. It’s not screen accurate by any means, but it’s close enough. The dress and sweater (which Tonya altered) cost under $10 dollars at Goodwill. Costuming can be inexpensive fun–it just depends on how far you want to go.

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Saturday, I showcased props I’ve made and touched on the importance of etiquette with interacting with other cosplayers and congoers alike. Doctor Who is very popular, but as a costumer, I find I’m constantly running into the same people or know of the same people, so it’s important to be respectful no matter how novice or experienced a cosplayer is. We’re all in this–and wearing silly costumes–together. Race and gender are also issues that arise and all I can say, if you love a character, cosplay him or her, and OWN IT. ENJOY IT.

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Here’s a few of my favorite photos from this weekend, showcasing all my cosplays.

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25e66178-2bc4-4493-b69d-0882076e0d7b_zps8a2bb57b179704_10201147034938897_1159921856_nSunday, my husband–who adores Colin Baker, as he considers him his Doctor–finally got to meet the man himself. “Well don’t be shy, come here,” he said, offering us a warm embrace before taking a photo with us. I think it shows on the husband’s face, just a little bit.

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Thank you Colin Baker–and thank you TimeGate for making this year so special. I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for this fabulous fan convention!

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