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.