:: About TIMEGATE
Host the best programming and cultural experience to sci-fi fans for the celebration of Doctor Who and Stargate, the two continuously longest-run television science fiction shows, as well as everything else science fiction in-between. In that endeavor, give back to the Atlanta community charitably and educationally.
TimeGate is a special event co-sponsored by Stargate Atlanta and The Atlanta Gallifreyans. It began life in early 2005 when opportunity presented itself: we had a venue booked for March 26 for a different event, that event got cancelled, but the reservation on the hall was non-refundable. So we decided 'hey, what the heck, let's throw the one-day event we've always wanted to do!' We had about 2 weeks to plan and promote the first TimeGate. We had no idea what to expect, especially with such short notice. To our surprise, we had around 80 people show up! We were completely floored. And in an amazing stroke of luck or cosmological alignment, March 26 ended up being the day that the first episode of the new Doctor Who series aired on BBC (we didn't know that when we booked the hall for the original event, no air date had yet been announced at the time). So many disparate pieces fell together to make that first TimeGate extremely special! We hosted two additional mini-cons that year, in July and in November, increasing our audience each time.
Our 4th TimeGate was October of 2006, almost a full year after the previous one. We drew our biggest attendance yet. We had the pleasure of having Atlanta Radio Theatre Company perform a special set for us, and we also had Barrie J. Clark and his wife Cookie do a very well-attended workshop on Dalek building. We introduced a LaserTag event, thanks to Adrian Havens, and Adam Levenstein conducted a Team Trivia event that was a huge success.
In July of 2007 we held our fifth TimeGate. Our guests this time were Louis Robinson, former BBC Film Editor who'd worked on many shows including Doctor Who, and Keith Adams, Visual Effects Designer for both Stargate series, in addition to Barrie J. Clark, Adrian Havens and Prof. Satyre's Sci-Fried Side Show. During the day we announced plans to expand TG to a full-weekend convention, and that we'd already signed an agreement with our hotel.
Memorial Day weekend 2008, we jumped to the new galaxy of TimeGate! We were now a full con spanning the entire weekend at the Holiday Inn Perimeter. Since we really wanted the jump to be super special, we booked two major fan faves—Tony Amendola (Master Bra’tac from Stargate SG-1) and John Levene (Sergeant Benton of UNIT from Doctor Who), who were the best celebrity guests that anyone could ask for such a spectacular blast-off! Other new guests included Dr. Kevin Grazier (NASA scientist and expert for Eureka and Battlestar Galactica), Lars Pearson (Doctor Who author and publisher), Christa Dickson (Buffy/Angel author), Jana Oliver (time travel author), David Harmer (game designer), and Ken Neill and SG Delta (SG fan film producers). Louis Robinson, the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, Professor Satyre’s Sci-Fried Sideshow, the Mighty Rassilon Art Players, and Hyperdrive delighted us with return appearances. Wow! And Wow! More Programming! Needless to say, Alan was in heaven, after seeing so many of his ideas ‘on the cutting room floor’ at previous one-day TimeGates. With a full weekend and more rooms, Alan broadened our horizon in our new galaxy in keeping with our tradition of a con that focuses on engaging, intelligent, and fun programming. And...our guests and fans did not disappoint! In our new Charity Cabaret for Habitat for Humanity and PAWS Atlanta, both thrilled and awed us with performances ranging from singing, stand-up, and poetry to a time-warped replication of The Matrix. Dr. Grazier even spent the landing of the Mars Phoenix probe with us, live, in a panel. How cool is that? Another tradition of TimeGate is our food! Unfortunately, Michael Green, our previous chef, was unavailable, but Theresa Parker and Tonya Spanks stepped up and whisked us away with their culinary delights in The Chrysalis Consuite. They hosted special events, like the Guest Reception (with beef stroganoff and chicken curry served in marguerite glasses), an author reading by Jana Oliver, a Doctor Who anniversary tea party (with tea, scones, and John Levene), Bad Movie Night, and a Torchwood marathon. For the first time, we had dedicated dealer, gaming and video rooms, which featured a whole gambit of sci-fi collectibles, gaming tournaments and one- of-a-kind video shorts and special video commentaries where guests delighted us with personal behind-the-scenes stories of their favorite episodes. What can I say? It was truly an event to remember...
Photos From 2008:
A collection of Doctor Who and Torchwood costumers
Alan Siler, Mike Tuffley and Rob "in the Hat" Bowen particpate in the Doctor Who Companions panel
John Levene during his Guest of Honor Q&A
Dr. Kevin Grazier during one of his panels
Jana Oliver during the "Time Travel for Beginners" panel
Rob Levy, Caro McCully and Adam Levenstein particpate in the "Classic Who vs. New Who" panel
Susan kidnapped by Torchwood agents in the Mighty Rassilon Art Players' production From TARDIS With Love
The Doctor is seduced by the villain in true Russell T Davies' style while Donna and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle watch in MRAP's From TARDIS With Love
Adam Leventein, Susan Rey and Alan Siler, the three organizers of TimeGate, in the Wrap-Up panel at the end of the weekend
We’re back Memorial Day 2009 to excite and delight! Our special guests were Mary Tamm (Romana from Doctor Who), Brad Greenquist (Dr. Keffler from Stargate SG- 1 and guest star on three Star Trek series), and Terrance Dicks (script writer for Doctor Who). They were awesome! Mary and Terrance were so excited to appear for the first time in years in the U.S. (and shop at Wal*Mart). Brad has guest-starred in everything from Stargate to Law & Order, and, this was his very first con—and we didn’t even know it until he got here! So, of course, he was our ‘con virgin’. We got our first artist guest, Kelly Yates, a foremost Doctor Who comic artist. Back by popular demand were Louis Robinson, Jana Oliver, David Harmer, and Professor Satyre’s Sci-Fried Sideshow. To expand our “in-between” Otherworlds programming, we were delighted to host Berta Platas and Michelle Roper (fantasy authors of all things elven) and Anthony Taylor (a foremost expert on Irwin Allen, UFO, author, modeler, and collector). The Charity Cabaret was again a huge success. We will never forget Brad’s hilarious rendition of what it takes to be an expert scary screamer! Donations went to The Red Cross and CaringBridge.com for Bishop Mikaelin, a girl fighting a brain tumor and a huge Doctor Who fan, who traveled from Virginia with her family to share our celebration. Louis Robinson hosted his own version of the Telly Addicts! game show, Rich Gedney hosted a special screening of the new Space: 2099 release, and the Chrysalis Consuite rocked again, bringing us a 15th anniversary Stargate party. Our bang-up array of dealers were very pleased that our attendance was up by 22%, when other cons were struggling with the recession. Needless to say, so were we! TimeGate rocks!!
Photos From 2009:
For our sixth year and eighth TimeGate, we wanted to raise the bar yet again, so we added two new rooms—the big ballroom for Saturday’s major programming events and a third portal room for the weekend. Now our Otherworlds portal had its own room, and all three portals (Stargate, Doctor Who and OtherWorlds) could run for the entire con! All of the portal directors and Alan pulled out all stops in this time warp all weekend...everyone who attended were buzzing with all of the programming. Our special guests were Carmen Argenziano (Selmak and Sam Carter’s father from Stargate SG-1) and Dominic Glynn (composer for Doctor Who), who were very generous and fun. Carmen gave an unforgettable stand-up improv in the Charity Cabaret that no one will forget, especially Louis! Dom transfixed us into another realm with his original scores, and it was such a pleasure to host his first con appearance in the U.S. Diana Dru Botsford (professor, author and producer), David Read (Gateworld.com and Propworx) and Bobby Nash (author) added depth and spirit to our panels, along with our returning guests (Louis Robinson, Anthony Taylor, Jana Oliver, Berta Platas, Michelle Roper). We also added gaming guests Andy Vetromile, Richard Launius and PK Levine to our panel programming and tournament gaming. As usual, Shaunnon Drake brought open gaming like no one else can! Once again, the Chrysalis Consuite gave us a spectacular consuite experience with great food, videos and events. The Charity Cabaret benefited Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and CaringBridge.com for Bishop Mikaelin, who again joined us with her family from Virginia. David Read donated a multitude of original Stargate set collectibles to our Charity Cabaret’s giveaways! For the first time, we opened our membership to include life-time Immortal memberships to give fans the opportunity to really be a part of expanding the TimeGate galaxy and receive special privileges in our guest and programming events. We were so excited that our attendance increased yet again, especially after a VIP guest canceled and the hotel was partially blocked off for renovation!! Now, we cannot wait until TimGate 2011...you won’t believe what we have lined up...and the newly renovated hotel space and rooms will wow you!!
For our seventh year and ninth TimeGate, our Programming Master and co-Chair, Alan Siler, yet again took TimeGate to a new level with a record 28 guests and a new mini-portal for literary programming, LitWorlds! We had over 100 more attendees than previous TimeGates, breaking the 400 mark, thanks to our PR Guru, Kris Harter! Our special guests were Sophie Aldred (Ace from Doctor Who) and Mike Dopud (Varro from Stargate Universe), who were very, very nice and so excited to interact with fans. (It was Mike’s first con ever!) Sophie gave a performance in the Charity Cabaret that no one will forget, especially Louis! Diana Dru Botsford transported us to Antarctica with videos and pictures from her recent visit there to research her new Stargate novel. She and David Read worked with our Tech Ops staff to make our newest addition to TimeGate work...Skype interviews! A special thanks to all of our guests who added so much to our panels and the spirit of TimeGate. We were so pleased to offer the new LitWorlds portal to spotlight our beloved author guests, which was a great success and will continue going forward. Once again, the Chrysalis Consuite gave us a spectacular consuite experience with great food, videos and events, including a writers workshop by Diana Dru Botsford and a book launch party by Gillian Summers. The Charity Cabaret brought in a record $610 (twice prior TimeGates) and benefited Atlanta Habitat for Humanity! Everyone was astounded with the beautiful hotel renovations at the Holiday Inn Perimeter. For 2012, we will be at the Holiday Inn again, and we are already working on new programming and events to wow you again!!
Performances and Special Appearances:
Appearances via Skype:
2012 saw us bringing in our first actor from the new Doctor Who series, as well as a very popular actor from Stargate Atlantis! Both Caitlin Blackwood and David Nykl were superb guests.
This year was a biggie for us. We celebrated the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. For the first time, we had a Doctor in the house. AND ... our attendance surpassed 800, which is a huge jump for us. We started with 85 at our first one-day TimeGate, and we had about 200 at our first weekend convention in 2008. Last year we hit around 600, so a jump to 800 was very exciting.
Colin Baker was an amazing guest. For our first time hosting a Doctor, we couldn't have asked for a nicer, sweeter, funnier or more generous person. We also had Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel for his first visit to the TimeGate, and guest actor Colin Spaull.
Our Charity Cabaret was the most successful one we've ever had, and we had more involvement in our Masquerade than ever.