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50th Anniversary Retrospective: Official Celebration Event

Doctor “Clara sometimes asks me if I dream. ‘Of course I dream’, I tell her, ‘Everybody dreams’. ‘But what do you dream about?,’ she’ll ask. ‘The same thing everybody dreams about,’ I tell her, ‘I dream about where I’m going.’ She always laughs at that: ‘But you’re not going anywhere, you’re just wandering about.’ That’s not true. Not anymore. I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone’s. It’s taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I’m going. Where I’ve always been going. Home. The long way around.”

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The 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of November 2013 were like all the Christmas Eves, Christmas Days and Boxing Days rolled into one for Doctor Who fans fortunate enough to have procured themselves a ticket or three for the “Official 50th Celebration” at the Excel in London’s Docklands. Twenty-four thousand fans (so we were reliably informed by Nick Briggs) made their way to London’s Excel centre for the weekend of the 50th Anniversary where there was more than enough entertainment on offer to satiate the desires of the most hardened fans. After running a smaller Convention at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff in March of 2012, which mainly focussed on the modern era of the show, they took the lessons learnt from that and turned the dial up to Eleven. 24,000 attendees were split across three days, and each day was split into two streams, known not as Red Waterfall and Green Anchor but instead “Ice Warrior” and “Weeping Angel”, this made the logistics a little more manageable as, on the whole, these groups were largely kept apart, with the schedule of events being duplicated throughout the day at times that were appropriate for each stream. Continue reading

The Cardiff Experience

Way back in February 2011, I went to one of the opening days at London’s Olympia when it hosted the Doctor Who Experience and shortly after I managed to blog about here. In terms of a compare and contrast exercise two years on, there is one big difference you would be hard pushed to miss: scale. Built in a bloody enormous custom-made warehouse on Cardiff Bay, there is a sense of scale and space that adds hugely to event with high ceilings, lots of room and ample scope for adding things as time goes on.

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1,000 Pieces

 

 

Completed my Christmas holiday challenge this evening…..

 

Jigsaw

Now, I’m no expert about such things but I found it to be a very high quality product and a step up from the standard of jigsaw that I recall from my youth. The colour reproduction is great, the artwork is actually very impressive (apart from the decision to include a TARDIS in what is essentially a villains and monsters image). It’s not exactly the most dynamic or sociable way to pass the time, but I found the whole exercise to be rather therapeutic and a complete change of pace from all the usual festive running around and over-eating. Hats off to Ravensburger for finally creating a jigsaw that’s more than the typical 60 or 80 piece efforts that appeal solely to the young fan base.

DWM #446

My subs copy of DWM #446 has arrived. A little thrill every fourth Wednesday as the only magazine to which I subscribe, falls somewhere in the vicinity of the doormat. A great effort by the team this month as not only did they manage to grab an interview with Jenna-Louise on 23rd March and get it ready, complete with cover shot and even a sneaky pic from the Official Convention and delivered on time. Well done to Tom Spillsbury and the team!

I’ve not managed to read much of it yet… I’ll be adding some comments to this blog post as and when over the coming days. However, what I’ve gleaned so far is that the new companion is not called Jasmine and there will be more episodes in 2013 than the 8 episodes of the second half of Series Seven already announced. Exciting, eh!?

New Stuff

Within the space of two days, our rather brilliant postman (who shall henceforth be referred to as Brian, for that is his name), has delivered unto the house not one, not two and, no, not even three but FOUR new pieces of merchandise for me to enjoy.

  • My four-weekly instalment of Doctor Who Magazine (which I now tend to refer to as @DWMTweets in my head). I got the TERROR cover, not the DOOM one as I know you were worried about that.
  • My first ever delivery from my first ever Big Finish subscription also arrived in the form of “Destination: Nerva”, which marks Tom Baker’s debut for BF, in which he pairs up with Louise Jameson for a two part adventure.
  • I also got my copy of the latest classic DVD release, the “U.N.I.T Files”, featuring the Android Invasion, and Invasion of the Dinosaurs.
  • The final part of my quadrilogy of goodness was finally getting around to buying the Series 6 Soundtrack from the ever-impressive Murray Gold.

Now I’m just torn as to what to do first.

Doctor Who Ruined My Christmas

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a cybermat.”

Okay, the best laid blogging plans are always up for a bit of revision when you have (a) a full-time job, (b) a life to live, and (c) all your blogging instincts consumed by Twitter. However, since migrating this site over it’s new hosted service on WordPress.com, not only has it all gone silent but I have barely given it another thought. Apologies and all that. With tomorrow’s Christmas special in the offing I figured it was high time to return to this under-developed, under-appreciated, under-whelming blog and give it another kick start in to life. So, I do plan to develop it, appreciate it and… erm… whelm it a bit, and all that will start with a review of “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe” at some point on Boxing Day.

In the interim, today’s Who’ish news has been the conclusion of the advent calendar: an experience so desperately soul-destroying that it could single-handedly suck the life out of Christmas itself with far more effect than any Sycorax invasion or a conversion to a “Master Race” could ever dream of. The issues….

  • It is described right up front as a “Milk Chocolate Advent Chocolate”. I’m sure that Trade Descriptions people need to get on the case because whatever the festering, brown concoction to be found behind the twenty-four doors actually was, chocolate it was not. It tasted of cardboard and despair.
  • Second problem was the doors themselves. Not a picture in sight. Surely it cannot be beyond the wit of man to print up some vaguely Doctor Who related images on the backs of the doors as a little spark of acknowledgement that, ostensibly and above all, should be a “Doctor Who” calendar. So, the closer you actually get to Christmas, the more the bleak and intimidating white space appears to block out the only Doctor Who picture they bothered printing.
  • Thirdly, after your digestive system has acclimatised over the course of three-and-a-half weeks to the consuming of these so-called chocolates (they didn’t kill me as I had first feared they might), you end up looking forward to the final door, number 24, which sits there and teases you with its extra-large dimensions and promise of a larger-than-average confection. Imagine then the disappointment of finding, with no hint of Whovian irony, that it’s bloody smaller on the inside than all the other “chocolates” that have gone before! [Bottom row, second from the right, if you’re looking at the picture]

So, there you have it, the worst piece of Doctor Who merchandise ever created. That’s £1.00 I’m never going to see again.

The Sarah Jane Companion – Volume Two

Look what has dropped on the doormat with today’s mail. A fitting if unintentional tribute to the late and ever so great, Elisabeth Sladen. Your reviews and thoughts in the comments as usual please, although I think I will wait awhile before reading.

Tributes, of course, continue to pour in and I have been updating the links in my previous post withe the best of them.