My love for Doctor Who started with David Tennant. I will always remember the first episode he was in (also the first one I saw) when he delivered a very funny monologue in stripy pyjamas and bare feet. Since then I have managed to draw Sister into this world and the two of us have watched all subsequent episodes. This is not to say the show doesn’t have issues – it really, really does.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be a Who Maker (not a fan of that name and probably won’t ever use it again) for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration. The best place for any
Conventions Celebrations of this nature in London has to be the Excel centre – a massive cavernous building which can easily fit up to 8000 people. Per day. All here to see, live and breath Doctor Who.
As the Excel Centre is massive, I was based on the third floor in the Classic Lounge where there were numerous panels each day with stars from Old Who. The photoshoots, with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman were also being held here. This is not to say I was up on the third floor all day long. I had the chance to explore the rest of the floors and pay multiple visits to the Celebration Hall.
This hall was full of my dreams.
The Dalek above was blown up and reassembled live on stage, in one of the SFX shows where live special effects demonstrations were taking place. I also found out that that particular Dalek was blown up in The Day of the Doctor and various other episodes.
In the main audetorium, there were three shows – the SFX show, the Regeneration show (with some of the old Doctors) and the Eleventh Hour one with the current Doctor, Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman (his latest companion) and Steven Moffat. I didn’t have the chace to see the Regeration show – on any of the days because it always seemed to be happening when I was the busiest. But on the last day, Sunday, the day after The Day of the Doctor aired, I knew I couldn’t miss the Eleventh Hour panel.
And I am so glad that I went! Not only were the above three there but also the director of The Day of the Doctor, Nick Hurran. The panel itself was fun, the questions entertaining and the answers very interesting. Though, as expected no one said anything about the Christmas special except Steven who argued that Matt’s acting was the best he’d ever seen in that episode. Just as the panel was closing down an official from the Guinness World Book of Records stepped onto the stage and told the panel, and the audience, that Day of the Doctor broke the world record for the number of countries a drama was simultaneously broadcast in – 94.
The crowd went absolutely wild. I went absolutely wild. It was amazing.
The hall had costumes on display as well as original props and models used from various episodes. There was also an animatronic dinosaur walking about the place being absolutely amazing. In one corner was the original TARDIS console last seen in The Angels Take Manhattan. Everything worked in there the same way it did on the TV show – the knobs and levers and things all moved and worked. I spent quite bit of time in there living a favourite fantasy of mine, where I am the newest Doctor.
As I mentioned above, I was helping out on the third floor where all the photoshoots were happening. And when the below happened, my weekend was well and truly made.
Every single day that Jenna Coleman was there, she dressed amazingly, but on the day I had a photo taken with her she was wearing the most amazing boots in the world and I have been unable to find any information on them. If any of you know anything about them (or know her and can pester her) please let me know what you discover!
Roll on the next 50 years Doctor! I look forward to volunteering for the 100th Anniversary Celebrations.