“Days of the Doctor – The “Big 50” Blog 23-11-13

As we approach the big day, I’ll be attempting to highlight details of the celebrations and, more importantly, what you are doing to celebrate. Be it attending the big convention in London, or sitting forlorn and alone in your home, comforted only by a bottle of Cheap Sherry and a Pot Noodle, while wearing a homemade Fez.

This is a work in progress, so I’ll post more information and requests as time goes on. Just remember:

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SATURDAY23rd November 2013

18:52 As I enter the final hour before the special, I feel absolutely great. The Barcelona was a bit sweet, I think, for Doctor 10, and may need an adjusted recipe. We can’t get perfection every time though, and these things depend on individual taste.

The finale of my eleven cocktails – “The Madman in a Box” is a doozy.1 oz absinthe, 2 oz Benedictine liqueur, 2 oz dry vermouth over 5 oz crushed ice. May I toast your, and everyone on the forums very good health, as well as the next 50 years of Doctor Who. CHEERS!

17:52 the real fatmaninabox from hudseyThis mat be a challenge over the internet, but @Hudsey has sent us this picture of “THE REAL” @fatmaninabox. Many thanks – Simon looks in marvellous shape there, (i.e round and chucklesome).
17:36 I’ll recommend that episode of Splendid Chaps, but even more strongly recommend the “Black Leather”. Fierce, uncompromising and more than a little dangerous, that is one drink to savour.Next up, I feel like breaking into a bit of a Freddie Mercury impression, with the “Barcelona” – inspired by @Pufferfish. That’s about 2 oz sweet sherry, 1 oz Spanish brandy, 1/2 oz Licor 43® liqueur, 1/3 oz lemon juice,
2 1/2 oz lemonade. I’m a little bit confused at the moment, and may have forgot to salute the beginning of Doctor Who a while ago. Oh well. Cheers! Happy Birthday Doctor Who!
16:11 Oh, name and the taste. I’m getting initial disappointment, followed by a rush of alcohol, and the an aftertaste that has the slight knowing campness of the earlier Doctor 8 audio adventures (that’ll be the creme de bananes). Fun, quirky and a bit longer lasting that you would initially expect, that was brilliant.Doctor Nine, and the “Black Leather”. 1 oz brandy 1 oz peppermint schnapps and 1 oz 151 proof rum. I have unadvisedly tried to set it alight, and possibly have a 999 situation on my hands. EMERGENCY – OUT OF CONTROL.
14:55 Ooooh, the Rrrrragnarrrrrock is very enjoyable drink. That underlying bitter aftertaste really sums up the feeling of hearing about the cancellation when IT WAS GETTING BETTER!Someone of my aquintance suggested the mix for Doctor Eight – the “One night in San Fransisco” over ice cubes pour 2 cl vodka, 2 cl creme de bananes grenadine syrup, orange juice. I’m on it.
14:00 I’m now fortified by a really greasy fry-up, and feeling much better. I’ll be continuing my drinking but I was torn about what to watch listen to. CBBC has an afternoon of Who related materials, including some Sarah Jane Adventures. I’ve got those though and so I’m currently downloading the latest free podcast from those Splendid Chaps in Australia. Available from today, they’re looking at Doctor Eleven, and the general topic of “The Future” as portrayed in the show.
12:58 You know – it takes an AWFUL lot of vodka to dilute Carrot Juice. I’m feeling more than a little giddy. I need food, so I’m logging out for a while to fry something tasty.When I stagger back, I’ll be drinking a toast to Doctor Seven. A thing of humble simplicity, the Rrrrragnarrrrrock consists off equeal measures (double shots) of Drambuie and Benedictine over ice. Add in an umberella.
12:20 Looking at the UK Press today, it’s a wealth of tributes and features that will even test @wolfweed s capacity for posting great links. I’ll link to this one at the Guardian, which is Rowsons Cartoon. I particularly like the sign hanging on the TARDIS.
12:12 Like the Sixth Doctor himself, I’m finding the Carrot Juice, Carrot Juice rather hard work. It’s the Carrot Juice itself, which I’ve never been happy with. I’m diluting it with more Vodka, and this may be the cocktail that never ends. A bit like the feeling I got when I last watched Trial of a TimeLord – When IS THIS GOING TO STOP! Well done @Bluesqueakpip.
11:52 @ScaryB also reported to me that Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Peter Davison looked very pleased with themselves about their “Day of the Fish Doctor” project, which is going on the BBC red button tonight from 10pm. Knowing Peter Davisons other video works related to Doctor Who, expect some genuine laughs.
11:14 Doctor Six, and I face the unwelcome prospect of vitamins. Still – a healthy brunch will fortify me, so I’m preparing Carrot Juice, Carrot Juice as provided by @Bluesqueakpip.The recipe goes – “One part vodka to 3 parts carrot juice and one part apple juice. Add 2 slices fresh ginger. Stare at it for a bit, then chug in more vodka.”
10:05 As I’m recording “Who Made Who”, I’m dipping into (ooh-er missus) Graham Norton on Radio 2 who is broadcasting his show from the Celebration at Excel.
09:30 Breakfast must be the Pimms Turbo, kindly nominated for Five by @Pufferfish. That’s Pimms, a shot of Gin and garnished with, what else, Celery. It’s a nourishing alternative to food, I’m finding. It’s a bit cold, so not having the desired effect of summoning those thoughts of warm Summer cricketing season.I’ve added some images to the posts from @ScaryB and @Juniperfish who have provided us with valuable insights to last night shananigans.

FRIDAY22nd November 2013
Award - Craig

Emperor of the known Universe, @Craig, receives his award, and a nice copy of the Doctor Who Technical Manual at the Pub meet up. Speech, Speech!!

Rocky and his submarine

Special effects Whizz Rocky impressed @ScaryB and @Bluesqueakpip at the Excel Celebration with his model work (pictured with his Cold War submarine). On working for the show he said “It beats working”.

23:06 @Juniperfish promised me decadent with her champagne and absinthe cocktail, and she wasn’t far wrong. I got the separation she mentioned briefly, but the bubbles soon break down the phase. I feel quite drunk, many thanks to her.I’m polishing off the champers now, and I have a feeling I’ll need an early start tomorrow. Pimms for breakfast?!
21:04 The Venusian Lullaby was really very nice. Not sure if it captures the Third Doctor or not, but the notes of Peach and the directness of the almond make it a stately drink, which may do the trick.I’m preparing the “Great Green Vampire” suggested by @Juniperfish next. A glass of champagne and then a finger of absinthe poured carefully on top. As I have a full bottle of the champagne, and I’m going to have to consume the lot, this will possibly be my last recipe tonight. I shall report back later.
20:02 If the party in The Dean Swift can hear a bit of a kerfuffle going on outside, then don’t worry. Apparently a Bonnie Landford “look-a-like” has just been set upon by some angry Who fans. Her screams are apparently REALLY piercing, which apparently made them angrier. Alas, the poor gel has had to be escorted whisked away from the scene by Policemen for her own protection. Shame that’s put a dampener on things. On a lighter note, my Venusian Lullaby is going down a treat!
19:20 The “Giddy Aunt” is reminds me of being slapped in the face with a hefty fish, more than a bit bizarre. Crème de violette and cointreau is a really odd combination, giving an aroma reminiscent of a six year old throwing up a packet of Opal Fruits. Quite tasty though. Thanks @ScaryBDoctor Three – “Venusian Lullaby” up next. 1 oz amaretto almond liqueur,2 oz peach schnapps and 3 oz club soda over five ice cubes, with a twist of lime at the end.
18:30 Oh – the fickle finger of fate has struck. The look-a-like agency has just called to say that “Amy” has come down with a food poisoning issue. Happily they have a red-haired Doctor Who alternative who is “a bit frisky” in their words. You do like Bonnie Langford as “Mel” don’t you Craig? She can do the voice and everything.
18:00 It’s a real shame not to be at the event tonight. Hope everyone has a smashing time. Of course, with @shazzbot giving me the location, I had ample opportunity to make a quick arrangement. An Amy Pond look-a-like Strip-o-gram has been ordered for over a week and has been told to ask for Craig. That’s our little secret though, isn’t it Internet?
17:50 Good call by @WhoHar for Doctor 1. The Old Fashioned in a cheeky little number that certainly hits the spot. A triffle harsh, but with an underlying warmth. I can feel my hair whitening and the sudden rush of alcohol would make anyone fluff a line or two.I think I’ll move onto the next, which we named “The Giddy Aunt”. A @ScaryB nomination, 2 ½ Oz Gin, ½ oz vermouth and ½ oz cointreau. Add in 2oz crème de violette and 2 oz fresh lime juice.
17:05 11 Doctors, 11 Cocktails. I’m kicking off the weekend with “The Old Fashioned” for Doctor 1, as suggested by @WhoHar. Place a sugar cube in your glass, and 2-3 dashes of angostura bitters, add an orange slice and introduce 3 oz bourbon whiskey. A cherry to garnish.I’ll provide tasting notes later.
16:58 From my faulty memory, I think at least three of our number have been at the Excel Arena for the first day of the convention. Hopefully, lots of reviews and stories will be relayed when they are in a fit state to communicate. That’ll be about Tuesday then.
16:55 Huzzah! It’s that magical time, the beginning of the weekend at chez Phaseshift. Time for a Whoathon. I understand that many people are making their way towards a bar in London for the first meet up of the disturbed denizens of this Forum. Good luck to them. May the alcohol and conversation flow in equal measure.

FRIDAY8th November 2013

16:35 Many thanks to those who have contributed cocktail recipes for the Doctors! Anyone got any ideas of Time Lord related foodstuffs? I have updated the schedules, which are are just short of a couple of confirmed dates and times now.

SATURDAY2nd November 2013

14:40 The tension mounts as more scheduling information drips out to a desperate fandom! Our listings sections have been updated for your delight.

SUNDAY27th October 2013

17:24 As we in the UK revert back into GMT, and it is now almost dark at 17:00, it all starts feeling a bit more real. This, surely is the time of year for Doctor Who to return? Less than thirty days to go! I’ve updated the Events and Cinema sections to reflect the weeks news, but it sounds as if the gamble of having Cinema showings has paid off. I’ve read internet accounts that many venues have sold out.

TUESDAY22nd October 2013

19:35 I’ve shared this over on the news thread, but find below in Cinema more details on the Cinema showings for the 50th Special. I’ve also expanded the Events section to include the Australia and New Zealand events I’m aware of, if you’re on Walkabout.

SUNDAY20th October 2013

20:30 While we all reel from the splendid trailer shown yesterday, @Shazzbot has news of the location for the Pub meet-up for The Doctor Who Forum. Check out events below for details.

SATURDAY19th October 2013

12:50 One of the side projects I had in mind for this blog is developing, with your help, the ultimate guide to getting a Who related party together. First of all – Drink! I’d welcome any suggestions over the coming weeks for Cocktails that play on a Doctor Who theme. Be it something fiendish of your own devising or renaming an existing cocktail. For example a “Slow comfortable screw” could become “Look – it’s just holding hands, as there are children watching”. Give us your ideas.

FRIDAY18th October 2013

23:14 Gosh – how exciting! @Shazzbot has already demanded that I draw the attention of everyone who is looking at the Doctor Who Forum pub event to check out her post here. Better do it people – she has the power of life and death over your posts!
22:10 To start this blog off, a request from @ScaryB who asked us to consolidate what we know about TV, events and other things to do with the 50th in one place. How could we refuse? Lots of To Be Confirmed in the list at the moment, but I’ll update as and when more information comes to hand.



  • Wondering what to do with the kids at half term? Into Doctor Who? In Yorkshire (if not – why not!?). Well, Bradford Media Museum can sort you out. Running from Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November the Doctor Who Family Half Term promises fun for everyone. Well, everyone into Doctor Who. Staying with the Bradford Media Museum (and why not), running from 23 November 2013 – 9 February 2014 is 50 years of Doctor Who Fans which is a celebration of, well, us, I think. More information here.As of 09-11-13, Doctor Who news has an article on how the event has been put together here.
  • Manchester seems to have gone mad for Doctor Who, and has a number of events including live shows, theatre, film showings and guest appearances in the two weeks up to the anniversary. In fact there is so much to highlight, it would be exhausting to list it all, and I’ll just post the link to an article that @wolfweed kindly provided.
  • Monday 18th November will see a garden party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the show. Anyone got an invite? No!? How dare they! Only reason I mention it is that I feel this needs the eye of a Royal Correspondent, and maybe we should recruit one from our ranks? Qualifications seem to include being ginger, called Nicholas, be able to drone on about dresses and describe the pictures in the most obsequious tones/prose possible. As we are doing it on the cheap I’ll just take the dresses thing.
  • The Inaugural Doctor Who Forum Piss-Up will be held at a watering hole in London on Friday 22nd November from 18:30hrs. Location: The Dean Swift Pub, Butler’s Wharf
    10 Gainsford St, SE1 2NE. Detail, maps, etc in this post. Dress to impress, distress or just don’t dress. It’s all good (subject to local bylaws).
  • The Big 50th Convention will be held in the Excel Arena in London on Friday November 22nd November to Sunday 24th November. I hope participants will be keeping me up to date with goss, pics and the latest titbits of information. Dependant on how hungover they are after the Doctor Who Forum piss-up of course. Guest lists for the convention have recently been released.
  • The Doc-Lands @ 50 party will be held in a venue in the Excel, The FOX @ ExCel, 2 Western Gateway, London, E16 1DR on the 23rd November 2013. Lots of events and fun promised with a big screen showing of the 2-D episode if you were unable to get access to the 3-D version. @Shazzbot has ten places booked, so contact her via PM to arrange your participation.

Australia/New Zealand

  • Currently ongoing in the Atrium of the ABC Ultimo Centre in Sydney is a free small exhibition of props, costumes and other ephemera from Doctor Who, including a TARDIS Police Box to have a photo with. On till 31st January 2014.
  • The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular returns at the start of the next year with shows in Melbourne (31st January – 1st February 2014), Brisbane (8th February) and Wellington, NZ (21st – 22nd February 2014). Details here.


  • Day of the Doctor will receive a theatrical release to coincide with the TV showing, apparently with additional introductions not available to people who are allergic to the Cinema experience (until the DVD comes out no doubt). This page has a tool to determine your nearest location, and includes all except Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada. Articles indicate this list is not final, and more will be added.


Apologies this is a bit UK centric at the moment. Let us know listings in your region if you want us to promote them.
DR= Doctors Revisited. For Australian and New Zealand, these shows will be aired in marathons over the anniversary weekend. A schedule can be found here.
For details of BBC America celebratory TV shows, try this article here, which summarises things.

Date Name Channel/Time Description
23-11-13 Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty BBC3, 21:05 Live celebration and thoughts following the special. Warning – this is by the same people who bought you the Next Doctor Peter Capaldi show. Drink may be necessary.
23-11-13 Day of the Doctor BBC1, 19:50 It’s the big one – the 75 min anniversary special episode.
22-11-13 Me, You and Doctor Who BBC2, 21:30 Culture Show special discussing the cultural significance of the show.
21-11-13 An Adventure in Space and Time BBC2, 21:00 Written by Mark Gatiss and starring David Bradley – the story of the birth of a legend.
21-11-13 Blue Peter Specials CBBC, 17:30 Two specials including Matt Smith Q&A
18-11-13 Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide BBC3, 20:00 Described as a wealth of archive material on all things Who
16-11-13 DR: Matt Smith Watch, 2pm Followed by Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon
15-11-13 Monsters and Villains Weekend BBC3, 19:05 Start of a 3 day countdown of viewer-voted top monsters in a series of shorts.
14-11-13 The Science of Doctor Who BBC2, 9pm Professor Brian Cox looks at the Science behind Doctor Who.
10-11-13 DR: David Tennant Watch, 2pm Followed by Stolen Earth, Journey’s End
9-11-13 DR: Christopher Ecclestone Watch, 2pm Followed by Bad Wolf, The Parting of the Ways
3-11-13 DR: Paul McGann Watch, 2pm Followed by the Movie. What else?
2-11-13 DR: Sylvester McCoy Watch, 2pm Followed by Battlefield (TBC)
27-10-13 DR: Colin Baker Watch, 2pm Followed by Vengeance on Varos
26-10-13 DR: Peter Davison Watch, 2pm Followed by Earthshock
20-10-13 DR: Tom Baker Watch, 2pm Followed by Pyramids of Mars
19-10-13 DR: Jon Pertwee Watch, 2pm Folowed by Spearhead from Space
13-10-13 DR: Patrick Troughton Watch, 2pm Followed by Tomb of the Cybermen
12-10-13 DR: Willian Hartnell Watch, 2pm Followed by The Aztecs


23-11-13 Graham Norton Radio 2, 10am Graham will be broadcasting live from the convention, with guests in a 3hr show.
23-11-13 Who Made Who? Radio 4 extra, 09:00 Described as a 3hr journey through audio from the archive, new interviews and extracts from audio versions of Doctor Who.
22-11-13 Dalek Invasion of Earth Radio 4 extra, 18:00 A reading of the novelisation of the book, narrated by William Russell.
21-11-13 The Blaggers Guide to Doctor Who Radio 2, 23:30 A “blaggers guide” to Doctor Who presented by David Quantick
21-11-13 Who is the Doctor? Radio 2, 22:00 A 90 minute documentary about the histroy of the show with new interviews.
21-11-13 Human Resources Radio 4 extra, 18:00 Audio play featuring Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith.
20-11-13 Farewell Great Macedon Radio 4 extra, 18:00 A untelevised story idea for the first Doctor, as the original TARDIS team meet Alexander the Great.
19-11-13 Thousand Tiny Wings Radio 4 extra, 18:00 Sylvester McCoys Doctor confronts and avian collective intelligence.
18-11-13 Fanfare for the Commen Men Radio 4 extra, 18:00 Peter Davisons Doctor travels to an odd version of the sixties, with the Beatles seeming having been erased from history in favour of the “Commen Men”
17-11-13 Protect and Survive Radio 4 extra, 18:00 Sylvester McCoy faces an 80s which seems to be poised for nuclear armaggedon.
16-11-13 Doctor Who and the Daleks Radio 4 extra, 18:00 A reading of the novelisation of the book, narrated by William Russell.

The dramas broadcast on Radio 4 Extra will continue into the following week, schedule to be announced, but will feature Lucie Miller/To the Death, which I highly recommend.


  1. Ha ha @PhaseShift – you make me laugh.  😆

    This looks like it’s gonna be a corker of a blog … I can feel my excitement levels building already (trailer be damned!) – roll on the 23rd!

  2. @ScaryB – See, when we promise, we deliver!
    @wolfweed – Ah we can do better than that, I’m sure. I’ve just updated it as 12:50 with requests for your cocktail ideas for a home based 50th party.

    To start us off – here’s my contribution.

    Mix 2 parts Southern comfort with 1 part Pernod and 3 parts Lemonade, shake over Ice before adding 1 part Napoleon Brandy and 1 part Kirsch.

    Yes, in honour of our mascot, Jon Pertwee, this is the SPLINK! Like the road safety information film, the more you consume it, the more confused, and increasingly likely to have a road accident, you become.

    Other ideas most welcome. I’ll be doing a taste test over the weekend celebrations.

  3. @Phaseshift

    SPLINK – or as Pertwee puts it – THPLINK  (which doesn’t really help the message).  (SPLINK or you’ll go SPLAT!)

    Look forward to hearing the results of your taste test (by about Tuesday probably 😉 )

  4. @PhaseShift – who could not promote The Angels Take Manhattan?

    2 oz rye whiskey … 1/2 oz sweet vermouth … 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters … Maraschino cherry for garnish

    Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
    Stir well … Strain into a chilled cocktail glass … Garnish with the cherry.

    Close Variations on the Manhattan:
    Dry Manhattan- Use a dash of dry vermouth and garnish with a lemon twist.
    Perfect Manhattan- Equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth. Garnish with a lemon twist.
    Brandy Manhattan- Replace whiskey with brandy.
    Scotch Manhattan- Replace whiskey with … oh c’mon, just have a go. Guess.
    Southern Comfort Manhattan- Replace whiskey with … if you can’t get this, resign your Bonkers Theorising Badge immediately.

    Even better, take every bottle you have in your cupboard, glug a load into a large container, add some sort of fizzy drink (cola, lemonade etc), add some ice, and pour into large glasses for your guests.  Time it right, and no-one will know the difference  😀  Call it the ‘Wibbly Wobbley Manhattan’

  5. @Shazzbot @Wolfweed

    Many thanks for those ideas for cocktails. The Sonic Screwdriver is simple, and therein lies its charms. Could we develop a cocktail for each Doctor I wonder? That sums up the essence of each Doctor. That would be eleven cocktails on my celebratory “menu”.

    For me, the “Sixth” Cocktail would have to be Baileys and Lime. The Lime curdles the Baileys and it makes you feel ill when consuming. However, I’m being too harsh (probably). How do you describe Six in the medium of hard liquor?

  6. @Phaseshift – Great idea for 11 (12?) Doctor Cocktails. Bluergh! to your 6th Doctor one – but as he tends to promise much but fails to deliver, how about a pint of non-alcoholic bitter?

  7. @Phaseshift – the imaginatively named Ginger and Carrot cocktail sounds very Sixth Doctorish. Ginger because the Doctor always wants to be Ginger, Carrot juice because they’re his last on-screen words.

    One part vodka to 3 parts carrot juice and one part apple juice. Add 2 slices fresh ginger. Stare at it for a bit, then chug in more vodka. 🙂

  8. @ScaryB – Ohhhhh, and I thought I was being harsh! 😀 No, I think we need alcohol in it. Surely the best way to “enjoy” that period is with plenty of alcohol?

    @bluesqueakpip – That’s alcoholic and sounds faintly ghastly. Absolutely perfect.

    For Seven, I can’t help thinking of a drink MrsPhaseshift liked. Drambuie and Bénédictine. The first to celebrate the Scottish Heritage of the McCoy, and the latter, with its faintly religious overtones, to celebrate the loss of the priesthood to our benefit. It’s a dark and complex drink served over ice, with a faintly bitter aftertaste which sums up cancellation quite nicely.

    Any other ideas for him or other Doctors welcomed.

  9. @Bluesqueakpip

    One part vodka to 3 parts carrot juice and one part apple juice. Add 2 slices fresh ginger. Stare at it for a bit, then chug in more vodka.

    Actually, I’d be more likely to

    stare at it for a bit, then chug the vodka straight from the bottle.


  10. Looks like I am really going to fly to London for the whole shindig! Well, you only live once and this will be a great memory!~
    So all of you will be at that convention, right? So no one here will enjoy the episode in a cinema??


  11. @Timeloop – we don’t know yet. Some of us are booked for Friday for the convention, some for Saturday. Many are going to the pub on Friday evening (PM @Shazzbot so she can add you to the list). Some people are vaguely considering cinema on Saturday – but since the cinema schedule isn’t out yet, we haven’t got further than ‘vaguely considering’. 🙂

  12. Hey, thanks for the update @Bluesqueakpip !

    I (+1) would be definitely in for a shared cinema experience on Saturday! As I am not alone and my best mate is not as good in english and as firm in Doctor Who as I am, I might have to skip the pub, but I will ask him.

  13. @Phaseshift

    Thanks for including some Aus content. DW is shown on ABC here:


    and they also have their iplayer-type thing, iview:


    As regards cocktails, an Old Fashioned may be a good fit for Doc 1:


    •1 sugar cube

    •2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

    •2 orange slices

    •3 ounces bourbon whiskey

    •Maraschino cherry for garnish


    1.Place the sugar cube at the bottom of an old-fashioned glass.

    2.Saturate the cube with bitters.

    3.Add one orange slice.

    4.Muddle these ingredients.

    5.Fill the glass with ice cubes.

    6.Add the bourbon.

    7.Stir well.

    8.Garnish with a second orange slice and a maraschino cherry.


    Or how about the Martini to represent Hartnell, as it’s also the original (actually this is open to a huge amount of debate and probably not correct, but I like them). 

    Alternatively how about a Tardis Blue Martini:


    •2 oz Blue Ice American Vodka

    •3/4 oz sweet and sour mix

    •1/2 blue curacao

    •1/2 oz pineapple juice


    1.Pour the vodka, sour mix, blue curacao and pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.

    2.Shake well.

    3.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    I concede you may need to make several of these to get the hue exactly correct, but it’s a labour I’m willing to undertake for this forum.


  14. @WhoHar

    Many thanks, both for the links to the ABC player (which I’ll include in later updates when the TV schedules are finalised) and the cocktails.

    The Old Fashioned is a great mix for One I think, but I’m fascinated by the TARDIS Blue Martini. We can’t forget the TARDIS can we? – 11 Doctors and the TARDIS. If you don’t mind the strenuous research involved in getting the colour right, I’d appreciate it. The Old Sexy, perhaps?

    I wondered how far to go with Events and coverage overseas, but Oz has made a real effort this year, so I’ve added a couple of things I know about, with links, in the Events sections now as well.

    Keep me informed on the research and development. 🙂

  15. Found the times for a local Village cinema: 10:30am, 4:30pm and 6:30pm on the Sunday, plus an additional show on Monday at 6:30pm.

    Looks like there is no simulcast (at this cinema at least) 🙁

    Prices are $25 adult and $20 children + $1 internet booking surcharge.

    Apologies @PhaseShift for my multiple posts.

  16. @WhoHar – no problem, the more the merrier. One for you, @JanetteB and any other Wizards of Oz.

    Australian broadcaster ABC has confirmed it will screen the drama based on the origins of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time, on Sunday 24th November.

    The special will be shown at 8.45pm on ABC1, directly after a repeat of the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, which will get its premiere as part of the global broadcast in the early hours of Sunday morning.

  17. Thank-you @Phaseshift for the info re’ Aussie screenings. Thank goodness recalcitrant teenagers’ exams are all over and done with by that weekend. So much Who to watch. We will be lucky to be home in time for the start of Adventures in Time and Space, (it’s a one hr drive from the city where we are seeing the film).



  18. I’m not sure if I’m the only Mexican here, for what is worth and just for the fun of sharing, this is the link for tickets: <a href=”http://www.cinemark.com.mx/Cartelera/Detalles?movieId=717″></a>

    Facebook community is quite active here and they are proposing a series of events, two groups actually crashing, the BBC Doctor Who Mexico and Doctor Who Mexico. It’s mainly gatherings after the screenings though I should probably check if they are planning anything beforehand… I’m so envious of that pub gathering!

    I’m dubious regarding watching the Graham Norton on the 22nd, I do n0t want to be badly teased at that point, although those two personalities could make for a bonkers show!

    For Spoilers:

    Shot of Mezcal (not tequila!)

    Jamaica syrup or nectar (hibiscus)

    Fresh lime juice

    Guava mash

    Mint leaves

    In a cocktail shaker mix the mezcal, lime juice and jamaica syrup with ice, pour on a big glass and top with the guava mash and mint leaves.



  19. I’ve had some thoughts about these Doctor drinks and the Fifth *has* to be turbo-Pimms (that’s Pimms with extra measure of gin) but with a celery stalk instead of the cucumber element of the Pimms garnish (because a bloody Mary with celery stalk just ain’t British enough).

    BRB, just putting my barkeep cap on to devise The Spoiler (may or may not contain absinthe).

  20. @pufferfish Nice one re turboPimms for the 5th Doctor

    If you’re coming up with an absinthe one (and since @adlerinthelibrary has already nailed a Spoilers one (haha re your comment about 4 or 5 🙂 ) – should that not be for Eleven, who has definite memory problems (absinthe makes the heart grow stronger n all that*!)?


    *ah, yes, coat’s on the hatstand – just getting it now!

  21. My nomination for a 2nd Doctor cocktail (and a small tribute to @HTPBDET,  his biggest fan)

    The Moonlight Martini

    (For Moonbase and Seeds of Death)

    2 1/2 ounces gin (Beefeater, Plymouth or Tanqueray)

    1/2 ounce dry vermouth*

    1/2 ounce Cointreau

    2 ounce creme de violette

    2 ounce fresh lime juice

    Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, Stir for 30 seconds, Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Comes out a nice shade of pale TARDIS blue


    Still cocktail-less Doctors (unless I’ve missed something upstream, in which case I apologise profusely) –  Third, Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh. Any takers?

    *note: according to Noel Coward you can just wave the glass in the general direction of Italy if you don’t like Vermouth!

  22. Eleventh has to be whisky and (I’m not) ginger! Also, very Pond.

    Ten, Sangria – no wonder he was so keen to get to Barcelona…

    Ninth: neat frozen bisongrass vodka. Single shot.

    A drink called The Regeneration would probably contain Goldschlager.

  23. @PhaseShift – I signed up for something in September and promptly forgot about it – but got a message this week that my request for 10 tickets to a special ‘fan celebration party‘ are mine!  They’re free, but attendance overall is limited.  It’s being put on by Jeremy Bentham, Paula Bentham, and Tony Clark at The Fox (a venue at the ExCel Centre, so perfect for anyone attending the Celebration on Saturday and who didn’t luck out for that evening’s screening there already).  There will be a big-screen showing of The Day of the Doctor.

    I’ve got details which I can forward to you, but there’s an attachment to the email which must be printed out and brought to the party to gain entrance.  We’ll have to sort that detail.  But can you please add to your Events list, this:

    DocLands [geddit? geddit?] @ 50 Party – 23 November 2013
    3pm ’til late
    The FOX @ ExCel
    2 Western Gateway
    London E16 1DR

    -All guests must be 18 or over.
    -Licensed bar and food menu all day
    -Readmission to the party is permitted – for those people lucky enough to have acquired tickets to any 3D cinema screenings of the special – but do keep your flyer and this covering letter safe.

    There will be podcasters touring the venue during the evening, capturing your memories of the day, and there may be some special items of merchandise available from our on-site DOCTOR WHO dealership – Cy-Fi Collectables – and there may be a few additional surprise ‘extras’ as well. The rest, of course, is in your hands. The Fox is a fabulous venue for a party of this scale, and if you want to come in costume, that’s fine as well. There’s only one objective: to enjoy the Doctor’s Day!

  24. @Pufferfish @ScaryB

    More cocktails! I think @Pufferfish is on the right lines with the Pimms concoction. Something to celebrate those long lazy summer evenings, the sound of ball thwonking onto willow, and the smell of cut vegetation summoned by a stir and garnish with celery. If you could let me have favoured proportions and a suitable name (LBW?) that’s in.

    I’ll also take @ScaryBs for Two. I think it needs a suitable name. The Giddy Aunt? I reckon that’s 1,2,5,6 & 7 covered.

    Throwing Up (not literally) some other suggestions

    Doctor Three – Venusian Lullaby

    1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
    2 oz peach schnapps
    3 oz club soda

    Pour into an old-fashioned glass with five ice cubes. Garnish with a twist of lime, and serve.

    Doctor Eight – One night in San Fransisco

    2 cl vodka
    2 cl creme de bananes
    grenadine syrup
    orange juice

    Take a tall glass and put in a few ice cubes, fill the vodka over it and fill with juice then the “creme”, to end fill in the grenadine but very carefully at the side of the glass so it will lay down in the bottom. garnish with orange and strawberry

    Doctor 9 – Black Leather

    1 oz brandy
    1 oz peppermint schnapps
    1 oz 151 proof rum

    Preferred straight up, can choose to light on fire for attention.

    Doctor Ten – Barcelona

    2 oz sweet sherry
    1 oz Spanish brandy
    1/2 oz Licor 43® liqueur
    1/3 oz lemon juice
    2 1/2 oz lemonade

    Unless anyone has better suggestions? I have aquired some absinthe herbal liqueur to do research into potential recipes for 4 and 11, and shall report back later.

  25. @Phaseshift

    Nice work on  the cocktails. Thnaks for accepting my no 2 proposal, and I think The Giddy Aunt is perfect.

    I definitely think 11’s should include absinthe  – the memory thing, and it was also big with the Parisien impressionist artists apparently.


    Just come across this, that you might want to add to to the calendar of events – next weekend, Ealing – 2 nights, 15th + 16th; they’ve got special guests, CAF, K9 and Strax and will be performing The Complete Works of the Doctor (Abridged) – every episode of the new series of Doctor Who from 2005 to the present in just one hour.



  26. I just searched my you view box for Doctor Who and it has the time for Night of the Doctor, the prequel showing on the red button.

    It also said there is going to be a ‘never mind the buzzcocks’ special that I hadn’t heard about. Tennant presents and the teams include Bernard Cribbins and Catharine Tate. Should be very funny

  27. Just a note about the Radio broadcasts of audio adventures – The six O’clock showings listed above are tasters, but not the complete stories. The stories in full are broadcast overnight starting at midnight for those who can record (they’ll be available on i-Player as well I imagine). Most stories are 4 x 25 minute episodes, but the reading of the novelisation tonight is 10 episodes.

  28. @juniperfish @wolfweed @bluesqueakpip

    Agree it was a bit all over the place, but it was OK as far as it went. Yes, some of the music choices were fun. It seemed like having Doctor Who Confidential back in style.

    Didn’t realise it was Russel Tovey who was narrating before the credits. Didn’t seem to sound like him at all. Quite interested by SMs take that the Silence may be from the Doctors future though.

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