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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

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“The Time of Angels” – Review: Redux

Doctor “The writing… the graffiti… Old High Gallifreyan. The lost language of the Timelords. There were days, there were many days, these words could burn stars, and raise up empires, and topple gods.”

Amy “What does this say?”

Doctor “Hello sweetie.”

Time of the Angels

Well, if the last ep’s return of the Daleks wasn’t quite the unmitigated success that everyone had hoped for, then this week’s offering saw two returns for the price of one but the question was, could they live up to the hype? The answer: a resounding “Yes” and the pre-credit sequence alone was worth the price of admission. First up, and making the most memorable of returns was Alex Kingston, clearly having a whale of a time reprising her role as the Doctor’s bickering future “love interest”, River Song. Not qualified as a professor yet, this version of Song was obviously younger than the one we saw at the end of her real-world life in The Forest of the Dead two years ago. Devising an ingenious escape from a starliner by etching some ancient Gallifreyan on the ship’s black box in the knowledge that it would be found in a museum at some point in the future and that the Doctor would return to save her, was almost the perfect illustration of Steven Moffat’s promise that there would be a bit more playing about with time in his version of Doctor Who. There was even time for a cameo from The Streets’ Mike Skinner. The cleverness of such a five-minute scene reassured us that we were in safe hands. Continue reading