I am pleased to introduce our monthly newsletter. Inside you’ll find all sorts of information about our guests, events we hold, and general Doctor Who information that we think you’ll enjoy reading on a monthly basis. We promise to only send you one email a month! Promise!
We are very pleased to welcome Big Finish Productions to TimeGate for the very first time! Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery and producer/director/writer/performer Nick Briggs will be bringing a universe of Doctor Who audio adventures to Atlanta next May.
Nick is best known as the voice of the Daleks,the Cybermen and the Judoon in Doctor Who from 2005-present, working on set alongside Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. His Judoon duties also took him onto The Sarah Jane Adventures and he appeared on screen as ruthless government crisis advisor Rick Yates in Torchwood: Children of Earth. He has most recently been working solidly on the new Fourth Doctor adventures, starring Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Mary Tamm, Lalla Ward and John Leeson. Nick’s production of Eighth Doctor adventure Dark Eyes – The Great War won a BBC Audio drama award for best online drama.
Jason is best known to Doctor Who fans as the executive producer of Big Finish Productions,which has produced over 1,100 audio and radio plays, including the highly successful Doctor Who series, Stargate, Highlander, Bernice Summerfield, Dalek Empire, Blake’s 7, and David Tennant in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright. He is the founder and owner of Planet 55 Studios in Sydney, Australia. Planet 55 has just delivered the animated version of Doctor Who – the Reign of Terror, The Tenth Planet and The Moonbase for BBC Worldwide.
Get your weekend passes now! We’re extending the special rate of $35 through Sunday, September 13. On Monday the 14th the weekend rate will increase to $40. The at-door rate for a weekend pass is $65, so save yourself a bundle by buying early!
Membership sales and hotel reservations for TimeGate 2016 are now live!
Memberships can be purchased at timegate2016.eventbrite.com. Full weekend rates are $35.00 until Sept. 8th (Right after Dragon Con). Rate will jump to $40 afterwards. Another important thing to note is if you have a child between the ages of 6 and 12, admission for them will now be $15 for the entire weekend. Children 5 and under are still free with an adult membership purchase.
Membership breakdown can be found here.
We will be at the Marriott Century Center again this year. Our hotel group rate is $94 + tax. If you booked without the group rate, you’d be paying $154 per night, so I encourage you to book early!
As we wind down from a very successful 2015 (our largest attendance ever) we’re already gearing up for 2016, and we have our first two guest announcements: Director GRAEME HARPER and TERRY “Davros” MOLLOY!
Mr. Harper’s involvement in Doctor Who stretches from him being in the studio as a very young intern when Patrick Troughton was filming his very first story, “Power of the Daleks”, to becoming one of the power directors at the BBC. He worked heavily during the Pertwee and Tom Baker eras of the show and then directed Peter Davison and Colin Baker. He returned to the show in 2006 to direct David Tennant in 13 episodes, winning a BAFTA Award in the process.
Mr. Molloy, as you’ll know, is the Davros of the 80s. He worked with Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy on television. He has reprised his iconic role in numerous Big Finish Productions. He’s also played Davros in the 2005 stage play “The Trial of Davros”.
Website updates will continue over the next couple of days. We’ll announce as soon as online sales for admission to TG’16 will be available.
Thanks for helping us celebrate our 10 year anniversary! We could not do this every year without your feedback about what worked and what didn’t work. Now that the dust is settling on another TimeGate, we want to know your thoughts.
Below are links to two forms:
TimeGate Panel Review Form – Tell us which panels worked, what didn’t. This form is for individual panels, so if you want to talk about 5 panels, you’ll need to submit 5 different forms.
TimeGate Overall Convention Review Form – We want to know your thoughts on every aspect of the con, from registration to the tracks to the hotel to the special events.
I read every single one of these so your voice is heard.
Again, thanks for a memorable weekend. We’ll start filling you in on 2016 news soon!
TimeGate 2015 is right around the corner. Here are some helpful tips and some great information to know.
- The convention is not sold out! There are still plenty of weekend and 1 day badges available at the door.
- With that said, here’s what each day costs:
- Weekend badges are $60
- Friday badges are $25
- Saturday badges are $40
- Sunday badges are $30
- Are you a TimeGate Immortal Member? Then you get to hang out with the guests at your own private reception on Friday at 7 PM in room 1508. You also get front row seating at all panels in Main Programming.
- The Marriott Century Center hotel is sold out (regardless of what the Marriott website says). If you haven’t booked by now and you try to, there’s no guarantee you’ll get a room. There is an overflow hotel a few miles away with shuttle service to and from the con.
- The hotel has quiet hours starting at 10 PM in the main lobby, so try and keep it down. But back in the programming rooms? Be as loud as you want (not really, but you get the idea).
- There will be program books available at registration. There will also be a digital copy linked to the app. Sneak preview here.
- There’s an app! It’s hosted by Guidebook. See how to download the app here.
- New feature in the app: Uploading your photos from the con into the app in real time!
- Don’t forget to review panels. We love your feedback! Tell us what we’re doing right and what needs work. Also tell us who we need to fire (as long as it’s not me).
- Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter all weekend. Also share your photos with us during and after the con.
- Use #TimeGate2015 whenever you reference us on social media!
- Make sure you’re following us on Twitter because we may live stream some of the con!
- If you pre-ordered a t-shirt, autograph sessions, or photograph sessions, these will be given to you when you pick up your badge from registration.
- Registration opens at 4 on Friday. The convention officially kicks off at 6.
- IF YOU DIDN’T PRE-ORDER your t-shirt, autograph ticket, or photograph ticket, you are really pressing your luck :) These will all be sold at the TimeGate store, located right outside Main Programming.
- Due to Michelle Gomez’s extremely tight schedule, photos and autograph tickets are extremely limited. Once they sell out, they’re gone.
- TimeGate has a con suite. What does that mean? If you are feeling peckish and don’t want to leave the hotel for a snack, visit room 1508 and grab a quick bite. Hotel Rules: The hotel does not want any food from the con suite on the first floor. They’re being extremely gracious by letting us have a con suite, so let’s not push our luck with the hotel.
- Have a question? New this year to the con is our very own Information Services. They’re located right off the main hallway on your way to the two video rooms. Can’t miss ’em.
- The Masquerade and Cabaret are on two different nights this year.
- The Masquerade is on Friday night. Sign up sheets are available at the Information Services desk.
- The Cabaret is on Saturday night. Like always, admission to the cabaret is $5 and all proceeds go to charity. This event is rated PG but we can’t always control the actors so a bad word may slip out every once in a while.
- Two new events on Saturday night for the 21 and older crowd (sorry kiddos):
- Gallifrey Game Night – Similar to Hollywood game night, but on Gallifrey – and with our celebrity guests.
- Match Game – Presented by OutlantaCon. The classic TV game show brought to life in front of your very eyes. This could get extremely inappropriate and possibly raunchy at times so this is fair warning. Don’t complain in the app that you were offended because I did warn you.
- Brand new Friday night event:
- Pool party! Hang out with your fellow Whovians by the pool. There will be a cash bar and a cupcake tower!
- There is a wrap up panel on Sunday at 6. Tell us how we did. Shower me with praise.
- Remember to have fun. This is going to be a great con and we are so excited for everything planned this weekend!
The TimeGate App is now available through Guidebook – available for download on iOS and Android.
With the TimeGate app (hosted by Guidebook), you can view the entire con schedule and plan your weekend. Since we’re at a new hotel this year, we’ve added a local restaurant guide as well.
A new feature we’re trying out this year is the ability to upload your photos from the con straight to the app! This lets you share photos you’ve taken at the con with all your Whovian friends within a matter of seconds!
Click below for directions on downloading Guidebook to your device.
In a first of many new things this convention season, we have sold out of our hotel room block. But don’t panic, we have an overflow hotel room 2.6 miles away at the Courtyard Atlanta/Executive Park. Both the host hotel and the overflow hotels have shuttles that can take you back and forth between hotels. If you get an error message when booking, email us and we’ll get more rooms added to the overflow hotel. You have until May 13th to book at the link below. Afterward, you’ll have to call the hotel and there’s no guarantee you can get the $89 night.
Book your room at the overflow hotel here: Marriott Courtyard Atlanta
At this point it looks like our hotel is completely sold out. You may try booking a room with them at their regular rate, but there’s no guarantee of getting one. We’re working on a solution for a spillover hotel and will hopefully have new information about that on May 8. Thanks to everyone who has already booked a room! Stay tuned for further updates.
Now that the programming schedule has been released, one of the things that you’ll see on it is a Memorial Serivice for George Cockrell and Dave Slaughter. These are two people who have been involved with TimeGate for many years and their contributions to our little convention cannot be overestimated. We lost both this past year. They had an impact on many lives at our convention, so we invite you to join us Friday at 10:00 p.m. in Dunwoody 2 and share your memories of them.