Hellooo everyone 🙂
Apologies as this is a very photo-heavy post, but I want to share my day at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration with you !
For those of you who may not know, Doctor Who celebrated 50 years since its first broadcast on Saturday 23rd November with a special anniversiary episode and a 3-day convention. The episode was great, David and Billie were back and it was lovely, I cried when Tom Baker turned up at the end and I laughed so much at the Fifth to Seventh Doctor’s ‘Fivish Doctor’s Reunion’ skit (PLEASE watch it !)
I attended the first day of the convention with my friend on the 22nd November and all my old fan-girling came right back to me when I saw all the signs leading to the event. We weren’t as dressed up as other attendees but I have to say all the little kids dressed up as Matt, David and the TARDIS were so adorable !
Firstly we queued to see the SFX show which showed us all the tricks used to make Daleks ‘explode’ and Cybermen ‘blow-up’ it was really good and a cute little boy got to be The Doctor for a few minutes and fight the Cybermen – adorable. We were also treated to a few trailers and showreels promoting the show’s history which made everyone even more excited.
Afterwards we headed into the main exhibition room where there were signings, talks, merchandise and presentations on effects and production. We managed to catch a glimpse of Jenna Coleman (Clara) which saved us £15 ! We headed first to the props and costume area where we saw all the clothes from the past Doctors and companions before making our way to listen to two talks, one by Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) and another by Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott).
Camille was typical Jackie, so bubbly and did not at all look her age she was fantastic and spoke only positives of David, Billie, Chris and Russell which was great to hear for us as that era was our Doctor. Bernard was hilarious, he sang, made jokes and took all the questions about him ‘killing’ David Tennant lightly. He is a brilliant character and I wish I could watch more of him he needs more gigs.
Afterwards we walked around the rest of the exhibitions and saw some effects shows – how the monsters are built, the wardrobes and the make-up trailers – before making our way towards the final two talks for our entry group. On the way we even got a glimpse of the Fifth Doctor (who is almost David’s father-in-law, keeping it in the job description)
The final two talks were featuring some of the notable cast members and writers of the series, the first a ‘Regeneration’ talk looking back at the Classic Series and featuring the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors – Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy. Full of memories of the Classic Series and opinions of the new era, it was fun to see how the show has evolved.
Lastly was the talk with Head Writer Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith, discussing the new era series, the development of The Doctor and the anniversary. A lucky little boy dressed as Matt got to ask him a question and give him some jammy dodgers which he thoroughly enjoyed 🙂 Looking back at when Matt first started, he was really young and his hair was so different, he definitely looks better now however David will always be in my heart.
After a long day and no food, we made our way from the Convention to Central London and had an amazing dinner at Wagamamas, the end of a very good day.
Let me know your thoughts on the episode, and I’ll see you sooon 🙂
Lots of Love,