Over the world and across space and time; Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary this month and to mark this auspicious occasion events by those behind the scenes and the adoring fans of the show have been organised to make sure the first fifty years of the show go with a bang!
So here it is, Kasterborous’ constantly-evolving round-up of what’s happening across the globe in the name of the Doctor!
And, as the great day draws closer and closer, we’ll be updating this page with all the latest news, events and screening information making sure you know all there is to know both locally and across the globe!
Throughout November Forbidden Planet will be hosting a chain-wide anniversary celebration where fans can pick up freebies and earn discounts on Doctor Who items.
Firstly, the store have produced eleven exclusive limited edition carrier bags – each one showcasing a specific Doctor in a fetching silhouette design. Each week from now until December 10th two designs will be available to customer purchasing Doctor Who items.
The release schedule is as follows:
1st Doctor (William Hartnell) and 2nd Doctor (Patrick Troughton): November 1st to 7th
3rd Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and 4th Doctor (Tom Baker): November 8th to November 14th.
5th Doctor (Peter Davidson) and 6th Doctor (Colin Baker): November 15th to November 21st.
7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and 8th Doctor (Paul McGann): November 22nd to November 28th
9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and 10th Doctor (David Tennant): November 29th to December 5th.
And then from December 6th onwards, we’ll have 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) bags until they run out!
Also, how about showing your love for the Doctor with these free pin badges? Just pop in-store and ask for one! Wear them loud and proud!
And finally, with Doctor Who fever set to reach an all-time high this month, with fans eagerly snapping up cool collectables and fantastic figurines, Forbidden Planet are launching a Gallifreyan Loyalty Card.
Every time you buy a Doctor Who item, they’ll stamp your card. When you get four stamps, you’re entitled to 15% discount off of any Doctor Who item in-store! With other discounts being offered as standard, you could bag yourself some galaxy sized savings!
These special celebration promotions are available at the following Forbidden Planet International locations:
Forbidden Planet Aberdeen
Forbidden Planet Belfast
Forbidden Planet Cardiff
Forbidden Planet Dublin
Forbidden Planet Edinburgh
Forbidden Planet Glasgow
Forbidden Planet Hanley (Stoke-on-Trent)
Forbidden Planet Leeds
Forbidden Planet Leicester
Forbidden Planet Manchester
Forbidden Planet Middlesbrough
Forbidden Planet Nottingham
Forbidden Planet Sheffield
Forbidden Planet Wolverhampton
1– 3 November
Reversed Polarity – a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary convention run by the Toronto-based TCON Promotional Society – will be hosting Q&A’s with a variety of guests associated with the show’s history, as well as the opportunity for fans of the show to participate in writing workshops, a costume competition, two dances, shopping, prop displays, and many other activities.
The featured guests of the event include: Peter Davison, Dan Starkey, Director Graeme Harper, and Sound Engineer Dick Mills.
Other guests appearing at Reversed Polarity include writers Julie Czerneda, JM Frey, Graeme Burk, Robert Smith?, and Nikki Stafford.
Registration for the event is available at the door on the convention weekend November 1- 3.
Come and have your photo taken with either a Dalek or the Tardis at the Malvern Library, Australia for your chance to win the Eleven Doctors Micro Figures Set and have your picture displayed at the library.
Also from Monday 28th October to Sat 30 November the library will be showing a selection of Doctor Who episodes beginning with the very first episode
12 November – Ongoing
Leading up to August the National Media Museum had called for submission for a major new exhibition celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who fans – now on the 12th November that exhibition opens its doors to the general public until the 2nd March 2014.
16 November – Ongoing
The National Space Museum in Leicester will hold ‘Science of the Time Lords’ on 16th November between 10:00 – 17:00, where children and adults alike can take a closer look at time travel, teleportation and robots with a helping hand from some of the Doctors former companions including Sophie Aldred, Nicola Byrant and Louise Jameson.
In addition, voice of the Daleks and Cybermen Nicholas Briggs will return to the National Space Centre with the Monster Challenge, giving visitors a chance to try the Ring Modulator and create the perfect alien voice.
Tickets cost £13 for adults and £11 for children.
Four of Manchester’s best loved venues are teaming up for a Doctor Who mini-festival this November with a host of events over two weeks to celebrate the Doctor’s anniversary.
New drama, live episodes, screenings, poetry. With more goodies than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at, it’s truly bigger on the inside!
The Lass O’Gowrie, FAB Cafe, Taurus and the Town Hall Tavern take on hosting duties which include The Art of Who – a look behind the Doctor Who Comic Strip, conversations with Andrew Cartmel and Waris Hussein, a stage adaptation of An Unearthly Child – from the team behind the fringe smash hits V for Vendetta and Halo Jones, a performance by The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre and much, much more.
Who at Fifty is Manchester’s very own Doctor Who fringe festival, running 16th – 30th November, 2013.
Tickets are available from Wegottickets with some available on the doors (unless they sell out!)
The University of Central Lancashire are planning a special event on the 16th November: Doctor Who: The Science Behind The Scenes will be a day of presentations about the show and the science it uses, including topics like Science Fact or Science Fiction?, The Psychology of Doctor Who and Is Time Travel Possible?
There will also be a Q&A with Doctor Who screenwriter Stephen Gallagher, workshops, make-up, costumes and mask-making, and an area to have memorabilia assessed and valued!
Tickets for the event which takes place at the Darwin Building of the university, are £5 for full day entry.
Splendid Chaps – a year-long performance/podcast series celebrating the 50th anniversary, featuring comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon Crawl, Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour) and writer John Richards (ABC1 sitcom Outland, Boxcutters podcast) have a number of live dates throughout November in Australia.
Described by its creators as part intellectual panel discussion, part nerdy Tonight Show, Splendid Chaps is a combination of analysis, enthusiasm and irreverence.
Tickets are now available for their three live November shows: What I Learned from Doctor Who which takes place at the Toorak/South Yarra Library, 340 Toorak Road, South Yarra on Saturday, November 16 2013, 4:00 PM, The Other Splendid Chaps: The Companions at the Melbourne City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne on Tuesday, November 19 2013, 6:30 PM and Eleven/Future at ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne, on Thursday, November 21 2013; recording starts 7 PM.
Tickets are available through the Splendid Chaps website.
One week before the anniversary night itself American pub quiz leaders Geeks Who Drink will host Don’t Blink: A Doctor Who Quiz, a one-night-only Doctor Who trivia event in twenty major cities.
Thousands of Whovians will crowd bars and restaurants across the United States to answer questions about the show whose appeal has crossed all age, geographic, and planetary boundaries.
Quiz questions will primarily cover nu-Who with some classic Who material thrown in for good measure. Quiz teams are limited to a six player max, with a $5 admission fee for each player and total prizes in the hundreds of dollars. Admission is first come/first served. Details, times and locations are listed below:
Albuquerque: O’Neill’s Heights 9pm
Austin: Opal Divines (Penn Field) 9pm
Boston: Common Ground 6pm
Brooklyn: SuperCollider 7pm
Chicago: Municipal Bar 5:30pm
Colorado Springs: Phantom Canyon 1pm
Dallas/Fort Worth: Zio Carlo’s 7pm
Denver: Rackhouse Pub 2pm
Fort Collins, CO: Black Bottle Brewery 9pm
Glendale, CA: Complex LA 5:30pm
Kansas City: Snow and Co. 6pm
Madison, WI: Buck and Badger TBA
Twin Cities: Cardinal Restaurant 7pm
Portland, OR: The Tardis Room 2pm (additional seatings at 5pm and 8pm if there’s enough demand)
Rochester, NY: Lovin’ Cup 5pm
Salt Lake City: Devil’s Daughters 7pm
Sacramento: Capitol Garage 8p
San Antonio: Firehouse Pub 2pm
Seattle: Montlake Ale House 7:30pm
Tucson: Hotel Congress 7pm
The Doctor will be a guest of the palace on Monday 18th November where the Countess of Wessex – who is believed to be something of an admirer of the programme – will host a reception as the countdown to Doctor Who’s golden milestone reaches its final few days.
So far, the guests are being kept under wrap.
Here it is…the day itself. The golden anniversary and The Day of the Doctor!
The BBC have already confirmed that the anniversary special will be shown in 216 selected Cineworld, Odeon, BFI, Picturehouse and VUE cinemas in the UK and Ireland in locations including London, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
While internationally, German, Russian, American and Canadian fans will also be able to gather in cinemas to enjoy the simulcast release.
A full interactive map of every single cinema showing the Special is available at doctorwho.tv.
BBC America have also confirmed a number of cinema screenings of the 3D special. Participating cinemas on 23 November are listed below with tickets available for purchase from both the Cinemark and Fandango sites.
Los Angeles: Cinemark Rave 18 + IMAX (Los Angeles, CA), Century Huntington Beach and XD (Huntington Beach, CA)
New York: AMC Loews Village 7 (New York, NY), Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX (New York, NY)
Chicago: Century 12 Evanston/CinéArts 6 and XD (Evanston, IL), Cinemark 16 + IMAX (Woodridge, IL)
Philadelphia: University Penn 6 (Philadelphia, PA), Cinemark 16 (Somerdale, NJ)
Dallas-Ft. Worth: Cinemark West Plano + XD (Plano, TX)
San Francisco-Oak-San Jose: Century San Francisco Centre 9 (San Francisco, CA)
Washington, DC (Hagerstown): Fairfax Corner 14 + Xtreme (Fairfax, VA)
Houston: Cinemark 17 + XD (The Woodlands, TX)
Atlanta: Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville, GA)
Seattle-Tacoma: Lincoln Square Cinema 16 with IMAX (Bellevue, WA)
Minneapolis: AMC Southdale 16 (Edina, MN)
Meanwhile The Milwaukee Time Lords will be holding a special event for the 50th anniversary of the show on 23rd November. The event, scheduled for a 6am start time at the Sci-Fi Cafe, 532 Pine Street, Burlington, WI, will include a screening of every regeneration episode leading up to the event we’ve all been waiting for – the anniversary episode titled The Day Of The Doctor.
Following a concerted campaign by fans in Denmark, cinemagoers will be able to see the anniversary special, at one of three special showings at the CinemaxX cinema chain.
The episode will be shown on the evening of 23rd November at branches in Odense, Aarhus and the capital Copenhagen.
Brit Movie Tours offer a Doctor Who Walking Tour, taking visitors on a ‘capital’ adventure around 15 ‘set-jetting’ locations around London, including sites featured in The Invasion, Remembrance of the Daleks and Rose.
Tours run over the 50th anniversary weekend 23-24 November and last approximately 2 ½ hours. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 for children.
Relive some of the Doctor’s greatest moments with over 40 guests from across the shows 50 years over the anniversary weekend when Doctor Who Celebration takes over the ExCel centre London.
The Fifth Doctor himself Peter Davison, will be attending all three days. Joining Peter on Saturday 23 November will be William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, who starred as companions Ian and Susan alongside First Doctor William Hartnell, plus the Director of An Unearthly Child, Waris Hussein.
Dick Mills of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and visual effects gurus Mike Tucker and Mat Irvine will also be on hand to facilitate some of the special features at the Celebration, which will be announced in more detail soon.
They will join current Doctor Matt Smith and former Doctors Tom Baker (who’ll be attending Saturday 23rd), Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy at the ultimate anniversary event, which will welcome over 20,000 fans of the world’s favourite Time Lord to the venue in east London.
The Doctor Who 50th Celebration’s opening hours will also be extended on Saturday evening so visitors can enjoy a free 2D simulcast screening of The Day of the Doctor together.
Saturday attendees will be emailed shortly with details about how they can reserve a seat. Visitors should note that the screening will have limited availability and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
A full list of who’s attending the celebration on which days can be found over at doctorwho.tv.
The Doc Lands @ 50 – A party celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is to be held in London in November.
Organised by Jeremy and Paula Bentham together with Tony Clark, the Party will be free to attend and will take place at a venue in Docklands on Saturday 23rd November, starting around 7pm after the BBC’s Doctor Who 50th Celebration at ExCeL has ended that day.
The party is open to all people aged 18 and over, whether or not they are going to the ExCeL event.
If the broadcast of the anniversary episode and any other Doctor Who programming by the BBC coincides with when the party is taking place, it will be shown on the venue’s large-screen TV.
Food and drink will be available to buy at the party
Entry to The Doc Lands @ 50 Party is by allocated tickets only and capacity strictly limited to 1,500 places.
A host of Who-based guests have been announced for the MCM Birmingham Comic Con taking place over the anniversary weekend 23rd-24th November! An impressive collection of stars from both NuWho and Classic will be attending – see below for the list announced so far…
“We’ve a TARDIS-filling DOCTOR WHO line-up awaiting you, including Katy Manning (Doctor’s companion Jo Grant); Kai Owen (Torchwood’s Rhys Williams); scriptwriter Bob Baker; Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian); Mark Strickson (Vislor Turlough); David Banks (The Cyberleader) and Nabil Shaban (reptilian alien Sil). Other guests who have appeared in Doctor Who include Roger Lloyd-Pack; Earl Cameron; Patricia Quinn; Daniel Peacock; Isla Blair; Jamie Foreman and Daphne Ashbrook.”
Tickets are available now – follow this link:www.mcmcomiccon.com/birmingham
Also taking place in London is Spent’s Radiophonic Rave, as featured on Kasterborous earlier this month. This takes place in Finsbury Park from 8pm through till 3am, and tickets are £5 for those booking in advance, and £6 on the door. You can find full details at www.facebook.com/SpentDisco.
BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand have announced that the Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor is to be screened in 3D in 106 cinemas across both continents.
The cinema screenings will be held on the same day as the anniversary is broadcast in those countries, and will also include specially-shot introductions that will be seen by cinema audiences around the world.
Participating Australian cinemas include:
Event Cinemas: Marion, Hornsby, Innaloo, Parramatta, George St, Cambelltown, Macquarie, Robina, Chermside, Tuggerah, Indooroopilly, Glendale, Mt Gravatt, Top Ryde, Burwood, Myer Centre, Liverpool, Brown’s Plains, Castle Hill, Townsville, Bondi, Cairn’s Central
BC&C: Maroochydore, Pacific Fair, Morayfield, Darwin Casuarina, Capalaba, Mackay North, Toowoomba GC, Ipswich, Rockhampton North, Coffs Harbour, Lismore
Greater Union: Miranda, Hurstville, Shellharbour, Morley, Arndale, Canberra Manuka
Dendy: Opera Quays, Newtown, Canberra, Brisbane
Hoyts: Blacktown, Tee Tree, Chatswood Mandarin, High Point, Warringah Mall, Northland, Penrith, Victoria Gardens, Frankston, Belconnen, Carousel
Village Cinemas: Jam Factory, Fountain Gate, Southland, Albury, Geelong, Knox, Eastlands, Sunshine
Independents: Cinema Nova (Carlton), Odeon (Orange), Palace Cinemas (Dendy Brighton), City Cinema (Griffith), Peninsula (Rosebud), Arcadia Cinemas (Ulladulla), Peninsula (Sorrento), Palace Cinemas (Nova Eastend), Peninsula (Warragul), Mitcham Cinemas (Mitcham), Paramount Cinema (Echuca), Mt Baker Wallis Cinemas (Mount Baker), Mildura Cinema (Mildura), Noarlunga Wallis Cinemas (Noarlunga), Wangaratta Cinema (Wangaratta), Piccadilly Cinemas (Piccadilly), Orpheum (Cremorne), Luna Cinemas (Leederville), Palace Cinemas (Norton Street), Luna on SX (Freemantle), Palace Cinemas (Byron Bay), Forum Cinemas (Wagga), Forum Cinemas (Tamworth), State Cinema (Hobart), CMAX (Devonport)
While participating cinemas in New Zealand include:
Event Cinemas: Queen Street Auckland, St Lukes Auckland, Albany Auckland, Manukau Auckland, Broadway Auckland, Westcity Auckland, Whangarei, Chartwell Hamilton, Queensgate Wellington, Embassy Wellington, New Plymouth, Westgate Auckland
Hoyts: Sylvia Park (Auckland), Botany Downs, Wairau Park (Auckland), Metro (Hamilton), Te Awa (Hamilton), Riccarton
Special Events Group Limited are arranging a mass Doctor Who themed wedding which is expected to take place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London on 24th November.
Taking place two days after the worldwide simultaneous release of the Anniversary Special selected cinemas will be screening the episode across the USA.
A full list of all participating cinemas can be found at Fathom Events site.
Frank Danes, author of Fifty Years in Time and Space: A Short History of Doctor Who, will be giving a talk on The History of Doctor Who at Topping and Co. bookshop, in the grand setting of the Bishop’s Palace in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Galloping through the history of Doctor Who; expect a glorious, witty celebration including Daleks, Cybermen, Drashigs, and, of course, the Weeping Angels.
Tickets are £6/7 (redeemable against a copy of the book), available from Topping and Co.’s website or via phone on 01353 645005.
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