Phone jams! Site crashes! Sold out screenings! Last Friday was a fraught experience for an unprecedented number of Doctor Who fans clamouring to get tickets for one of the 216 cinemas screening the anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor in the glorious third dimension.
As tickets went on sale at 9am fans were soon tweeting their joy and despair in equal measure as websites crashed, phones jammed, local cinemas sold out; and, in the case of the BFI in London, sales were postponed all together.
The Radio Times reports fans faced a ‘right palava’ trying to get tickets for their chosen cinemas, with those attempting to book for the BFI screening facing cataclysmic ‘technical difficulties’ with the site eventually being closed altogether.
Thankfully the technical gremlins were soon thwarted and, in the name of fairness, tickets were placed back on sale the following day to give everybody an equal chance of attending on 23rd November.
However, there were more concerns for those attending the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration at the Excel exhibition centre on the day itself; with fans confused as to whether or not a celebration set up for the 50th anniversary would actually be showing the 50th anniversary special.
The BBC have now confirmed that:
We are developing options for fans attending the celebration who will want to watch the episode live. We will have further information in due course and fans should continue to check www.doctorwho.tv for any further information.
However ‘a very good source’ has informed Den of Geek that the capacity for the Saturday evening screening that is being planned will not accommodate everybody attending the Celebration in the daytime:
We are chasing for more solid numbers, but it is looking there will be capacity for HALF the attendees at the evening screening events being planned for the Celebration. As we said, we are expecting a full announcement early next week [week commencing 28th October].
Also confirmed by the Beeb: Sky 3D customers should be able to watch the episode in 3D at home.
Did you have any Friday booking blues? Did you get the cinema you wanted? Are you attending the Celebration event? Let us know below!