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Published on September 6th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Sell Out ‘Who Helps Beat Proms Record

It’s set to be a record breaking year for the BBC Proms – with a little help from a certain Time Lord this year’s series of classical concerts will be the most popular in its 115 year history.

The Doctor Who Prom, which was hosted by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill and featuring original music from the show and several classical pieces, was one of 40 sell out events that have helped attendence reach an average of 4000 people at the Albert Hall.

Since the proms opened, the hall has been 97 per-cent full compared to 87 per cent last year.

More than 1,000 tickets priced at £5 have been made available every day to Prom-goers, which is thought to have helped boost attendance figures.

The number of sell out shows is expected to rise as the series draws to a close with the Last Night at the Proms on Saturday.

Roger Wright, the director of BBC Proms and Controller of BBC Radio 3, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that we are on course to celebrate a record year at this year’s Proms.

The incredible attendance figures are a testament to the spirit of the Proms audience, and their eagerness to embrace both core classical music and the more contemporary performances which help to attract people into the Albert Hall who wouldn’t naturally go.

Selling out along with the Doctor Who Prom were celebrations of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein (The Sound of Music, The King and I) and Stephen Sondheim, (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd) the American composer.

For a delightfully obsessive, fans-eye review of the Doctor Who Prom head over to Den of Geek

(via The Telegraph)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




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