Gallifreyan Embassy

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Gallifreyan Embassy LogoThe Gallifreyan Embassy is a Doctor Who fan organization founded in June 1985 originally serving the Long Island, New York area in the United States. Over the years it had expanded across the country. Today we are international.

In 2005 we celebrated two decades with a new revamped interactive web site (our previous website) and an international podcast, Doctor Who: Podshock reaching all over the world!

Join us for a trip of a lifetime as we celebrate Doctor Who past, present, and future as well as other British science fiction and fantasy.

In the mid 1980s, Doctor Who was reaching the peak of its popularity during its run on local PBS stations across the US at that time. It was a time before we would see the first return of Star Trek on television, the Star Wars saga had concluded itself which left many science fiction and fantasy fans looking for something new and different. For many of them, that was Doctor Who. More and more PBS stations started showing the series on a regular basis and were being introduced to new Doctors both the then current Doctor, Colin Baker as well as past Doctors they had never seen before such as William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee. Conventions took notice by booking more Doctor Who guests and dedicated Doctor Who conventions started to take hold in the US.

Without the internet being in our homes like today, it left many fans no release or connection with other fans in between conventions. This is where local Doctor Who clubs really excelled. Clubs such as the Gallifreyan Embassy held monthly meetings, published newsletters in which we interviewed various members of the cast and crew of the series, volunteered at PBS pledge drives, participated at conventions and other Doctor Who special events, as well as a host of other special activities that made fans, friends.

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Doctor Who: Podshock Doctor Who: Podshock is the longest running Doctor Who podcast (internet radio show) presented by the fan run Gallifreyan Embassy (est. 1985) and is the official podcast of the Gallifrey One conventions. We feature interviews with the Doctor Who cast and crew along with the latest Doctor Who news, reviews, interviews, commentaries and discussions from an international perspective.

Hosted by Louis Trapani, Lee Shackleford, Kyle Jones, and Ian Bisset in the US, and Dave Cooper in the UK, and Graeme Sheridan in Germany with segments and contributions from regular corespondents around the world.

The award winning Doctor Who podcast; Doctor Who: Podshock began in 2005 on the 20th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy. In that time, it quickly grew into one of the most popular Doctor Who podcasts and continues to be to this day.

Doctor Who: Podshock 329 - Speculation on the New 2015 Series, 10 Years of DW Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 329
Running Time: 2:09:28

We speculate on the new 2015 series (AKA "Series 9") of Doctor Who, reflect back on 10 years of Doctor Who: Podshock, plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Ian Bisset, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

Doctor Who: Podshock 328 - Diversity in Doctor Who

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 328
Running Time: 1:46:43

We explore diversity in Doctor Who over its long history, plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Ian Bisset, and Kyle Jones.

Doctor Who: Podshock 305 - Interviews with Peter Howell and Ron Katz

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 305
Running Time: 1:12:59

We have a classic interview with the co-founder of the Doctor Who Fan Club of America, Ron Katz, a recent interview with Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, plus news, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani.

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Enhanced Podcast Features and Tandem With The Random

How do you listen to audio podcasts? Are you taking advantage of the features of the enhanced podcast format? In other words, accessing the chapters, embedded images and links? The reason I am asking is because all signs point to the fact that Apple is phasing this format out. Their latest Podcast app doesn't seem to support it. Oh, it will play fine, and it will still sound better than the plain mp3 version, but the aforementioned features are absent. Also their latest version of GarageBand has removed the tools to create those features for enhanced podcasts.

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Gallifreyan Embassy Reunion at L.I. Who

Long Island Doctor Who

L.I. Who will host a Gallifreyan Embassy reunion panel plus a meet and greet of members past and present on Sunday afternoon November 10th 2013.

The final schedule isn't complete for the first Doctor Who convention on Long Island in over twenty years, but the reunion is slated to take place sometime that afternoon.

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Seeking copies of the Gallifreyan Embassy Fanzine

Greetings Friends,

It is my hope you all are well. As some of you may know over on my own blog "Comfy Chair"  I started sometime ago an archive of a Doctor Who fanzine "Morbius." I have a huge interest in fanzines as a whole but especially those regarding Doctor Who & Tolkien, even more specific fanzines from groups in the New York area. The Doctor Who fanzine "Morbius" is not entirely from the NY area but it is where I got my start in collecting Doctor Who fanzines.  

My post today is concerning the fanzine of the Gallifreyan Embassy "Ambassadors of Life," which ran until the mid-1990s if I am not mistaken. I have a few issues courtesy of Louis and Ken but wish to expand my personal archive. Ideally I would like to create a digital archive for my own collection and am not set to make it public unless I gain specific permission from Louis.  

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Twenty Seven Today

This is what has become an annual posting here on the 18th of June each year… The Gallifreyan Embassy anniversary. Today marks 27 years since the organization was formed. What can I say that I haven't already said in my previous anniversary postings? Yeah, I can't believe so much time has passed… I believe I had said it before. Perhaps these photos that I took last week on the Long Island Raid Road say it all. We have come a long way since 1985. I never thought then that I would see train posters referencing Doctor Who in them as these do for BBC America.

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Don't Miss Out! Join Other Doctor Who and Torchwood Fans at Our Next Meet Up on Second Life on Aug. 20th

Yes, once again fans of Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures and alike are coming together for what has become the legendary Doctor Who: Podshock seasonal meet ups on Second Life. It is all happening on Saturday, the 20th of August 2011.

Second Life Meet Up August 2011

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