Just me talking about costume-y kind of stuff
We had a really great time and our Doctor Who costumes were fantastic! The only problem was we were in Houston and it was hot. We had to give it up and go back to the hotel to change at lunchtime. Rob and Sylvan were sweating to death. I was doing OK, except my boots had no arch supports and my feet hurt. There were a lot of Tom Bakers there, but also several Peter Davissons and at least one each of Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker. I didn't see any Paul McGanns. Out of all the Tom Bakers there, I only saw one with an obvious companion, Romana mark II in the school girl outfit.
We got our Eleven Doctors poster signed by Doctors 5, 6, 7, and 8. And I got a Star Trek "Mirror, Mirror" episode photo signed by Nichelle Nichols. She was very nice and still beautiful. I hope I age that gracefully. Rob got his Caprica doll signed by Tricia Helfer. She was also really sweet and talked to us about the show. Sylvan sang his version of the Battlestar Galactica song to her, "Battlestar Galactica! You can't get enough of it!"
We saw lots of great costumes both days. We went to the Buffy retrospective the first day with Xander, Spike, Clem, Adam, and Glory. It was really good. It was nice to see that James Marsters is such a professional and not at all a jerk. He was really kind to the fans and funny. I wish we could have stayed longer to see the Doctor Who retrospective but we had to get back to get our dog out of jail. We boarded her at the vet for two nights and I didn't realize that she was going to be in a 4X6 cage the whole time we were gone except for the 3 times a day they took her for a walk. I felt really guilty about doing it but we didn't have a choice.
My only complaint was the Cosplay contest. It sorely needed a stage manager. It was scheduled to start at 7 but didn't actually start till 8 and the first dozen or so contestants were no shows. The MC did a lot of stalling for time and after an hour of foolishness and his annoying schtick, we just got up and left. The highlight of the 90 minutes was the group who did a mashup skit of Star Trek (TOS) and Dr. Who (Matt Smith). They had a set, props. sound effects and dialogue just like real theatre. It was hilarious. The guy playing Matt Smith was spot on. Kirk accidentally became a Cyberman and the Doctor had to save the Enterprise, because McCoy was A Doctor not The Doctor.
The second day we had our photo made in our Firefly costumes. I wish I had seen that booth the day before when we were still in our Doctor Who costumes. Next time we'll do that first thing. Also next time, VIP passes and four nights in the hotel so we can stay the whole time.