Gallifrey One, a popular “Doctor Who” convention held annually in Los Angeles, held this year’s costume competition last Saturday, Feb. 16, at the LAX Marriott Hotel’s main ballroom from 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. The theme for the 24th year of the convention, which took place this past President’s Day weekend, was the 24 Hours of Gallifrey, which also happens to coincide with the 50th anniversary of this long-running science fiction TV show.
One of the main activities at the convention is costuming. Most attendees wear their costumes and have their photos taken with celebrities, while roaming the halls, in the Cosplay Room or with a reproduction of the TARDIS, the Doctor’s time travel machine in the shape of a blue police box. But the main costuming event of the weekend is the costume competition entitled “The Masque of Mandragora.”
All of the entries for this year’s masquerade were very creative and impressive, which made for a highly entertaining show. The judges, including San Francisco Bay Area residents Jennifer Wylie, Mette Hedin and Kevin Roche, said when they handed out the awards that they had a hard time picking the winners. Here’s a list of most of the major awards courtesy of masquerade director Jennifer Adams Kelley:
• Best in Show - A Christmas Carol by Shawna Hafen and Joanna Dunlap with Clive the Shark, which also won for Puppet Creation (workmanship)
• Best in Class-Master - Let Zygons Be Zygons by Bob Mitsch and the Honorary Doctors, which also won for Best Monster (workmanship)
• Best in Class-Journeyman - The K-1 Robot by Malaki Keller
• Best in Class-Novice - Oswin the Dalek by Scott Trauthen, Mackenna Kropatsch, Michelle Kropatsch and Kevin Kropatsch
• Best Recreation-Master - Ultimate Six Frock Coat by Steven Ricks
• Best Recreation-Journeyman - Don't Blink by Amanda Cohen, which also won for Make-up and Moldmaking (workmanship)
• Best in Show - Ultimate Six Frock Coat
• Best in Class-Master - Romana II by Erin Card
• Best in Class-Novice - Oswin the Dalek
• Best Recreation - The K-1 Robot
Of course, there is a category for Best Doctor, and this presentation award was given in the Master Class to The Third Doctor… Man of Action! by Valerie Anderson, who also won a workmanship award for Patterning.
Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.
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