Friday, March 21, 2014

The Australian Costumers Guild SA Quiz Night

The final hurrah for Merrick and Toddi, our final SA ACG Quiz Night went off, bigger an better than ever in November 2013. Every year features a specific theme, and what a better theme for 2013 than 50 Years of our favourite doctor (wait..what?)

Donning 5 and 7 costumes once more, and with the help of our good friend and photographer Eman as 10, we quizzed our way through 8 rounds of general knowledge and geeky trivia. Of course it's not a Whovian event with the TARDIS.

You may recall the awful video I made of the sound chip device. That same device has an input audio jack, so I can actually play whatever I like through the TARDIS speaker system, not just Tardis-y noise.

Here's a video of classic 80s Public Enemy rocking it from the box.

Here's a small range of the Who related costumes on show that night. A small portion of the 150+ through the door.

Photo courtesy of David Ruwoldt. Video by Ben Todd.

A little catching up

The TARDIS blog has been a little quiet lately, since the creation of the Facebook Page. You can check out Where's the TARDIS on Facebook.

The last outing posted was Oz Comic Con in 2012, a massive event that was ridiculously popular, beating out both Armageddon and Supanova conventions for sheer volume of people. I guess the benefit of a clever and controversial name tie-in (see the article here) coupled with some heavy radio TV and print advertising.

They certainly demonstrated there was a demand, as for their second year they scored William Shatner and Richard Dean Anderson as guests. To top that, this year they have Benedict Cumberbatch! Current massive stars who are continually employed doing conventions is almost unheard of in Australia.

Anyway, here's a few photos of some events the TARDIS has appeared at in the past couple of years.

In 2013 The TARDIS was hired for The inaugural Preachr's Podcast Live! event as part for the Fringe Festival. Featuring Benjamin Maio McKay and Melbourne comedian Rob Lloyd, it was a popular show with a sellout crowd. Seen here is Ben, my usual TARDIS transportation assistant in his awesome 7th Doctor Outfit.

With such a great response that we went back in 2014 for double the shows!

You can see the full crew here as our favourite doctors. Well, apart from Rob who dresses like 10 given the resemblance rather than the appreciation.

A few weeks following the Fringe event, and sporting a new coat of paint, The TARDIS appeared once again for Oz Comic Con 2013. Again it was hugely popular convention, however multiple outings were staring to take it's toll on the old phone box. It suffered some significant door damage in transport and the warpage factor (see previous) still reared it's head with the doors no longer lining up. To fix this I installed two strips of angle iron reinforcement down the sides of both doors which greatly improved the alignment.

Local cosplayer Jen appears with the TARDIS at Oz Comic Con 2013.

Following yet another super-successful event, the TARDIS weathered a pretty rough Winter as far as Adelaide goes. It does live outside but has a roof over it, yet this doesn't stop the sides receiving a drenching in heavy downpours.  As such, rot had set it when it was dismantled again in late 2013 for the Australian Costumers Guild Quiz Night. More on that later...

Photos by Ben Todd, myself and Catherine Scholz