We're sad to announce that this is the end for The Gallifrey Times and this will be our last post.
The Gallifrey Times has always been a voluntary website, and we've relied on the enthusiasm and spirit of our writers to post news and other features. While our team has slowly gotten smaller, our editors are busy with new adventures in their personal and work lives, so we no longer have the time to commit to TGT.
The website will remain live so you can revisit some of our features and listen to our podcast, but we will no longer be posting news or using our social media accounts.
We've had a lot of fun bringing you the latest Doctor Who news and engaging with the fandom, but as Sarah Jane said, "The universe has to move forward. Everything has its time. And everything ends."
Everything ends and it's always sad, but everything begins again, too. And that's always happy. Be happy.
by Tom (Founder and Editor)
Wow, doesn't time fly? Around 12 years ago I setup a little Doctor Who website on Piczo (remember Piczo?). I had so much fun dragging and dropping elements to it and had no idea about website design so I decided on some awful flashy wallpapers. Little did I know then that it was the start of something much bigger.
I wasn't really aware of copyright infringement back then, so at first it was called Doctor Who Online - and I received a nudge from that other well known Doctor Who website as a result. So I decided on The Gallifrey Times - a name which I am still rather proud of today.
As time moved on (and Piczo closed down for good), I moved the site onto Blogger. This is when Doctor Who news became the primary focus. It was then that I decided to ask the Whovian community for their help. This is where our fabulous team started off.
Without a team, this website would be nothing. In search of exclusive content, we started venturing out to comic cons and events to interview the stars of the show. This was all shared on our own YouTube channel. We had access to episodes before they were aired and received books to review them. This, in my opinion, was when TGT was at its best.
The team expanded and our website then moved to WordPress, which allowed much more flexibility over the design. We partnered up with many other great people and we’ve supported them ever since and will continue to support them individually.
I want TGT to be remembered for what it was, a great place where Whovians could keep up to date with their favourite TV show. I don't want a dormant website to be the lasting memory of TGT.
We're all stories in the end, just make it a good one eh
by Ben (Assistant Editor)
It's fair to say, my time at TGT has been a big part of my life. I started in 2013 (the year of the 50th anniversary) and from then climbed the ranks from writer to Assistant Editor. Along the way there's been so many exciting times.
One of the most exciting benefits of being part of TGT has been getting to interview stars from Doctor Who. I've interviewed two Doctors, several companions, a few guest stars. My favourite has to be interviewing John Levene, who was such a nice guy and great character - he even serenaded me!
It wasn't just about getting to meet the stars of the show though. This was the first time I'd interviewed anyone, and as someone with Aspergers, it was a scary thing to do. But it helped me grow my confidence to the point where I could happily go around comic cons interviewing fans too.
We also got to preview episodes early and even attend the premiere for The Woman Who Fell To Earth in Sheffield, which was very exciting. We struck up friendships with the Doctor Who Velocity team and the folks at Tiny Rebel Games, helping promote their games. I even got to go to Television Centre in London and preview Doctor Who Infinity.
One of the things I always pushed for at TGT was special features, and over the years we experimented with quite a few, including opinion pieces, scientific articles, competitions, debates (I miss the debates) and reviving the podcast. I had a blast producing the podcast with Andrew and I'm pretty proud of the 13 episodes we did - especially the mental health episode where we spoke to hundreds of fans who Doctor Who has helped cope with illness.
But, as cliché as it sounds, Doctor Who is all about the fans, and I've made some good friends through TGT, including a few of our writers. Meeting fans at comic con and speaking to them online makes you realise just how nice they are (mostly) and what a great fanbase the show has.
So even though I may not write for TGT anymore, the friends that I've made and love that I have for Doctor Who will continue.
Before I go...
We'd like to thank every single person who has visited this website in the last 12 years, all of our social media followers and all of those who we have interviewed.
We'd also like to express our gratitude to those who have partnered with us in the past from Geek Crash Course to Tiny Rebel Games.
Lastly, we must say thank you to the wonderful team who have played such an important role in the success of The Gallifrey Times.
Thank you, it's been an absolute blast.