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Published on July 16th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

RTD at the Edinburgh Festival

Doctor Who fans are flocking to purchase tickets to see Russell T Davies’ upcoming appearance at the Edinburgh Festival (no, it’s not a standup turn…) where he will be giving a masterclass in television writing.

In a first-time move, the Edinburgh Festival is allowing access to non-TV industry members of the public; however they must purchase an expensive £500 three-day pass.

A spokeswoman for the festival said: "We are absolutely delighted that Russell has agreed to come to Edinburgh. Doctor Who has an extraordinary appeal and his appearance has generated a considerable amount of interest."

Because of this, people outside the broadcasting community will be able to attend, albeit at a cost.

"The festival is not selling tickets to Russell T’s Masterclass. Members of the public can attend, but they would need to buy a pass for the three days,"

And with the outgoing Executive Producer of Doctor Who set to reveal his next step (the event programme states :"What’s the next regeneration of Russell T Davies? Join him as he reveals his influences, his loves and hates about television and his plans for future projects.") his legion of fans are likely to make up a sizeable portion of the audience at the event whose previous speakers include Jeremy Paxman

Alexandra Looseley-Saul, who owns The Who Shop in London, also had no doubt that aficionados would snap up passes. "Totally die-hard fans will happily pay £500 to see Russell T Davies.

"It is a large sum of money, but that won’t matter to the most dedicated Doctor Who fans. There will be a huge buzz about Russell’s appearance in Edinburgh.

"He has that much of a fan base and Doctor Who lovers are desperate to hear what he has to say. The fans have an almost god-like admiration for Russell. They regard him as the person they have to thank for giving the series a wonderful new lease of life."

The session will be chaired by Boyd Hilton, the TV editor of Heat magazine. Yes, I’m puzzled by that bit too.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.



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