“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.

Events

UK

  • 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.

Cinema

  • 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.

TV

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

Radio

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.


145 comments

  1. @Phaseshift – the other thing I found interesting, with all the talk of a reboot, was the Doctor mentioning how much he liked not remembering.

    My bonkers theory that Doctors One to Eleven are going to be backed up to a hard drive, with Capaldi going back to the beginning, is still a goer. 🙂

    (Which means the electronic copy of Eleven can live happily ever after with the electronic copy of River. Awwww…)

  2. Oh and, @shazzbot, put just below our mascot, Mr. Pertwee, but for the sake of nervous felines everywhere, you can contact the equally handsome Messrs Wolfweed and Phaseshift, (finest purveyors and conveyors of celebratory pictures and ideas) at big50@thedoctorwhoforum.com . That e-mail address will reach us both.

    Who do we have on t’Radio tonight? Why tis Mr. Davison in Fanfare for the Commen Men. With Mitch Benn no less.

  3. @PahseShift, I noticed that CBBC looks like the place to be on Saturday! They are repeating some great Doctor Who content from 2:30 PM

    2:30 – 12 again DW special
    3:00 – Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest (Animation feat. 10 & Martha)
    3:50 – Wedding of Sarah Jane double bill (feat. 10)
    4:50 – Doctor Who: Dreamland (Animation feat. 10 & Cassie)
    5:35 – Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor double bill (feat 11. & Jo Grant)
    6:30 – Blue Peter Doctor Who party

    Set your DVRs to stun

  4. Thanks for those updates @thommck. My PVR has been working overtime this week with Radio content as well. Talking of which, I think I’ll be listening to Graham Norton at the convention tomorrow, and recording the Radio4xtra programme. You wait ages for content and then they clash ’em.

  5. While I sip my “Old fashioned”, I’ve been listening to David Quanticks “Blaggers Guide to Doctor Who”, which was on Radio 2 last night as Unearthly Child was being shown. It’s brief, but with some decent humorous stabs at a couple of people. The brief extract of the recent autobiography “JNT made Ian Levine his bitch”, and some digs at Michael Grade.

    It’s availabel on i-player http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hw9bc

  6. I’m having a ‘Pear-bonder’, my own invention, which is pear cider & fruit juice bonded together.

    BBC Red button updates

    Day of the Dr: Behind the Scenes    Sat 21.05 – 22.05        Sun 15.00 – 15.55      20.30 – 21.25

    The Five(ish) Doctors reboot    Sat 22.05 – 00.40      Sun 21.25 – 22.35

     

  7. @wolfweed

    Enjoy your refreshing beverage! That’s a tricky one. The making of the special, or the Afterparty – by the people who bought you the Next Doctor Peter Capaldi show.

    I’ll see how drunk I am.

  8. @PhaseShift – Pear-bonded for life…

    I was worried I was going to miss everything by going to the cinema but sensible repeats save the day! Thank God for iplayer too.

    3 days of not knowing which Dr Who broadcast to choose is quite surreal.

    I really enjoyed the Proms extra last night, particularly the Vale Decum visuals.

  9. @wolfweed

    You’ve reminded me actually that the site forum for Day of the Doctor may be quite quiet for a while as some people will be going to the cinema to see it. I realy enjoyed the additional content for the Prom as well – shame they were cut from the original. I was looking for a link on i-player, but couldn’t seem to see it.

  10. @Craig, @Shazzbot, @JimTheFish, @PhaseShift, @Whohar, @Timeloop@Miapatrick, @Wolfweed, @ScaryB, @Bluesqueakpip, @Juniperfish, @blenkinsopthebrave, @Whisht, @pedant, @janetteB @TardisBlue, @steve-thorp, @FatManInABox, @magnetite, @XAD4, @Hudsey, @pufferfish, @arkleseizure, @thommck, @ardaraith, @CraigNixon, @DanMartinUK and @mini-HTPBDETs and apologies to anyone I’ve missed off this list (or mistyped)

    I have three toasts:

    Cheers to you all and thank you all for the hours of pleasure this site has provided.  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, enjoy the pub, the Day of The Doctor (or the day of the hangover?) and any and all celebrations you have planned.

    Cheers to @Craig for setting up this site, and to all the mods (and @Shazzbot‘s shotgun) for keeping us safe from the dangers of t’internet.

    And, of course, to @HTPBDET – I’m sure wherever you are, you were rewarded with an early showing.  Our excitement this weekend is tinged with sadness knowing that we won’t have your analysis to look forward to. Thank you for the time we had with you.  Rest in Peace.

     

    Nb. I started typing this to get it online for 9.  But typing with whisky in hand (and stomach) isn’t swift.  So please just think of this as 20 minutes of toasting 😉 Hope you’re all well and truly plastered.

    Cheers,

    OH

  11. @OsakaHatter – back now. Apologies, it’s an anti-spam measure. Posts with a lot of links (as all the @whoever) get counted as well, so I just needed to click a box.

    Your continued good health as well.

  12. Cheers to @everyone. Only just got access to wifi (it’s in the wifi) but thought off you all at nine, and drank to you and our absent friend. One More Sleep! Hope the London meet is going well.

  13. Well that was fun, even if I had to let my face thaw out at first (a bit parky in the big smoke tonight).

    Many thanks to @Shazzbot for doing the biz. And @Craig, nudge me if I haven’y sent an animated gif of you know what in a day or two (there’s no excuse – I have plenty of software to do it).

    In the bustle around the toast, I completely forgot to set this playing so sod it, better late than never. Gotta love an oboe. Heres’s to you @HTPBDET.:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwa6754O8SE

  14. obviously in terms of details, first rules of Dr Who ‘drink club’ being observed….

    .

    well, until the morning anyway!

    😉

  15. Well, I’ve just been at The Doctor Who Forum’s London 50th Celebration moot, organised by the amazing @Shazzbot and her Airdales with Web Master @Craig and @Arkleseizure @Pedant @Pufferfish @ScaryB @Bluesqueakpip @JimtheFish @Whisht and can report that it was a proper adventure, a right laugh, and as far as meeting a bunch of folks off the internet goes – a success!

    @ScaryB had made fabulous badges with the site motto “Theories Even More Insane Than What’s Actually Happening” for us all (I am still wearing mine – hurrah) and the avatars of those who could not be there in person were neatly arrayed at the end of the table.

    badges - wee don't need your steenking badges

    We toasted @HTPBDET in style at 9pm and thought of him most fondly.

    @JimtheFish arrived wearing a very dapper red-themed Fourth Doctor style scarf and I was pleased to be sporting two velvet bow-ties (scouted second hand last weekend), one red and one as near as dammit to blue as possible (more like green really). There were some nice Who themed T-shirts in evidence too. @Arkleseizure had one bearing a masked Omega.

    @Shazzbot produced marvellously inventive certificates of merit for every attendee, for service to The Doctor Who Forum [@ScarB received a “Scholarship of Squee” – who wouldn’t want that 🙂 ] as well as appropriate gifts which provided much mirth and delight.  Thank you so much @Shazzbot for so much thought, care and attention to detail!

    big50@thedoctorwhoforum.com

    Award - Juniperfish

    Beer and wine were quaffed, fish fingers munched on (well, ok, fish and chips) and sharing the eve of the 50th together with fellow Whovians was really sweet and joyous.

    The Christmas lights adorned all the trees on the route from London Bridge station down Tooley Street to The Dean Swift pub where the Who-moot was held. A festive (and freezing) Friday buzz was in the air. I had that moment of trepidation, you might expect when you decided it’s a good idea to meet up with a bunch of who-knows-what off the inter-webs, then we were laughing and saying “hello” and hearing stories from the Excel (as @ScaryB and @Bluezqueakpip went today) and enjoying the buzz of excitement about the broadcast tomorrow.

    So this is a timey-wimey toast from London, with love, to all of you at home.

  16. Thanks to Juniperfish for your comment. We’ll hopefully free it from the spam tomorrow.

    Thanks also to ScaryB – your photos will hopefully get posted here tomorrow.

    I’m off to bed…

  17. @Craig @Shazzbot @Bluesqueakpip @Whisht @Arkleseizure @Pufferfish @Juniperfish @JimtheFish @IAmNotAFishIAmAFreeMan @theAiredales @AllTheConferenceCallFriendsRepresentedByAvatars @HTPBDET

    Great night, lovely to meet you all and hope you got home safely, by bus, train, boat or TARDIS.  Thanks to JimtheFishfor bringing his monster scarf for ScaryB to adopt (and to Mrs JtF for letting him 😉

    @Shazzbot, you’re a star. Thanks for all the organsing, reorganising, the awards, and everything.

    Award - ScaryB

    @Phaseshift @Wolfweed  – Thanks for being on standby – sorry the technology proved beyond us to email direct from the pub… or maybe that last cocktail wasn’t such a good idea, but we toasted HTPBDET at 9pm and thought of you all.

    Enjoy the show TONIGHT everyone. Less than 24 hours and counting down! There’s still time for a last minute bonkers theory or 2 – this is no time to be slacking off, haha.

     

  18. We woke in time this morning to toast @HTPDBET at 7.30 am, (9.00 pm your time) as promised and we had a second toast to everyone at the forum before going back to sleep. As we were up till 1.00 pm last night watching An Adventure in Time and Space it felt a little like a midnight feast but involving only alcohol. I am sure we had better dreams after and maybe not surprisingly mine were about Dr Who.

    We are having our party tomorrow before heading to the city for the screening. It seems as though a lot more sessions have been added since we booked. Nice to know that the film is exceeding expectations.

    Will take lots of pics tomorrow but will probably maintain radio silence until I have seen the film.

    Hope it lives up to expectations and a wonderful weekend @everybody, and thankyou to all you wonderful people on this forum for making it even more special…

    cheers

    Janette

  19. @Juniperfish @ScaryB

    Many thanks for the posts and the pictures, which I’m looking at now, thanks to @wolfweed. I’m afraid @Juniperfish s cocktail finished me off early yesterday, and I had to retire at a reasonable hour of about 11:45.

    Back in the game though – I’m having the Pimm’s Doctor five cocktail for breakfast while I’m listened to Who Made Who on Radio 4 extra.

  20. That countdown clock on the front page is looking amazingly small in number now!

    I raised a glass of white Zinfandel to @HTPBDET at 9 last night and thought of all those in the pub last night. I was pretty moved by the whole thing.

    Soon off to (technically West) Hartlepool for tonight’s screening and won’t be back till tomorrow. I’ll also be keeping my eye out for any hanging monkeys – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartlepool#Monkeys !

    Have a great night/day/afternoon/morning everyone

  21. @janetteB

    What was the dream about?

    I had a weird one where DT and MS materialised on my sofa (no TARDIS, they just appeared to the TARDIS sound), I fanboy’d, then Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner and Worf (Not the Actor Micheal Dorn, but Worf) transported in and MS got slapped by a fish wielded by Patrick Stewart.

     

    I think that the best dream I ever had  😀

  22. @Wolfweed Can I borrow your intravenous caffeine drip please??

    @Phaseshift Thanks for the picture posts (for which service I think a badge is in order). btw are you SURE you’re not Scottish?? 🙂 (Turbo Pimms for breakfast sounds great idea)

    Cheers everyone

     

     

  23. @ScaryB‘s already posted some pics so I’ll just say that we had a great time at the Celebration yesterday. I had a bit of a fangirl moment on meeting Sylvester McCoy (‘my’ Doctor), and we both enjoyed the three main shows. Funniest moment for me? Discovering that Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman often don’t know the future plot twists – with the result that ‘speculation’ (aka bonkers theorising) has spread to the cast themselves.

    Otherwise, we had a detailed look at the Cold War submarine, saw quite a lot of costumes (I hope ScaryB likes costumes because I dragged her round both the costume exhibition and the costume van) and didn’t find out any spoilers. Unless the radio silence on one topic was a spoiler…

    It was very well managed – they could clearly have sold more than eight thousand tickets per day, but kept it at a capacity where things never felt crowded, everyone could get a seat and you could see what you wanted to see. Hope it’s as enjoyable today.

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