“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||This 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.|
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!!
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.
- @engagedrwho logged in to tell us about Dr Who: The Science Behind The Scenes. Saturday 16th November, 9:30-4:30, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Sounds fun, again is in THE NORTH of England, and hence is reasonably priced at £5 a head. Programme of the event, and additional details can be found here.
- 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.
- I have to give a shout-out to the Splendid Chaps who have been celebrating a Doctor a month in live venues around Melbourne this year. Highly entertaining, the free podcasts are available to download on their website here. November sees them going a bit mad, with three live shows Eleven / Future, What I learned from Doctor Who, and The other Splendid Chaps: Companions. Locations, prices and other details here. They are also well on their way to crowd sourcing funding for a show in Sydney.
- 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.
- In Australia and New Zealand, a list of participating Cinemas can be found here.
- US and Canada venues are also now revealed on the map above, but in the US some venues are showing it on the 25th and not the 23rd. More information at this list of venues here.
- People power in action, as the people of Denmark are rewarded with three showings after petitioning.
- Thanks to @adlerinthelibrary for letting us know that Mexico will be joining in the celebrations with 3-D screenings as well. Details here
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.
|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.|
|BBC2, 21:30||Culture Show special discussing the cultural significance of the show.|
|BBC2, 21:00||Written by Mark Gatiss and starring David Bradley – the story of the birth of a legend.|
|CBBC, 17:30||Two specials including Matt Smith Q&A|
|BBC3, 20:00||Described as a wealth of archive material on all things Who|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon|
|BBC3, 19:05||Start of a 3 day countdown of viewer-voted top monsters in a series of shorts.|
|BBC2, 9pm||Professor Brian Cox looks at the Science behind Doctor Who.|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by Stolen Earth, Journey’s End|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by Bad Wolf, The Parting of the Ways|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by the Movie. What else?|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by Battlefield (TBC)|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by Vengeance on Varos|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by Earthshock|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by Pyramids of Mars|
|Watch, 2pm||Folowed by Spearhead from Space|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by Tomb of the Cybermen|
|Watch, 2pm||Followed by The Aztecs|
|Radio 2, 10am||Graham will be broadcasting live from the convention, with guests in a 3hr show.|
|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.|
|Radio 4 extra, 18:00||A reading of the novelisation of the book, narrated by William Russell.|
|Radio 2, 23:30||A “blaggers guide” to Doctor Who presented by David Quantick|
|Radio 2, 22:00||A 90 minute documentary about the histroy of the show with new interviews.|
|Radio 4 extra, 18:00||Audio play featuring Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith.|
|Radio 4 extra, 18:00||A untelevised story idea for the first Doctor, as the original TARDIS team meet Alexander the Great.|
|Radio 4 extra, 18:00||Sylvester McCoys Doctor confronts and avian collective intelligence.|
|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”|
|Radio 4 extra, 18:00||Sylvester McCoy faces an 80s which seems to be poised for nuclear armaggedon.|
|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.