Details Emerge for Doctor Who 50th Celebration Event

Doctor Who - 50th CelebrationIt’s been months since it was announced that the BBC would be holding another Official Doctor Who Convention (see our reports of the 2012 con linked below) in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Series the 23rd November, 2013. Little was known till now other than that the event would be moved to ExCel London this time around (likely to accommodate more guests) and would take place the 22nd – 24th of November. Considering I can honestly say that the first Convention in March of 2012 was the best run convention I’ve ever attended (and I’ve attended a fair few including SDCC, WC, NYCC, and several smaller cons), to say I’ve been eagerly awaiting the news is a bit of an understatement.

And yesterday we finally got a better idea of what to expect this time around.

They’re sticking with the two track, daily repeat programming that worked so well last year. This means each day will have the same programming, with two tracks of guests. Each track will have a scheduled time to attend the panels scheduled for that day, with a guaranteed seat in the theatre to see each program. It allows for the greatest amount of guests to attend the convention, while allowing them to attend each and every one of the major programs scheduled. Hence it’s like knowing you’ll be getting into Hall H at SDCC, only you don’t have to wait 7+ hours to do so. This way you also get to enjoy some of the smaller programs on special effects, make-up, stunts, and more in between your scheduled panels. And believe me, you don’t want to miss them.

The BBC promises that more programming will be scheduled in the coming weeks, but already guaranteed programs include “The Eleventh Hour” featuring The Eleventh Doctor himself, Matt Smith, “Regenerations” featuring The Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, The Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, and on Saturday the 23rd only, The Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, and a special effects presentation with Danny Hargreaves (who has been in charge of special effects for the show since its return in 2005).

Tickets will be available for two tracks each day starting at 11am on Monday, 8th July, 2013 at celebration.doctorwho.tv. One Day Standard tickets are priced at £45 for adults and £20 for kids, while a family ticket will cost £104 (two adults and two children). A limited edition TARDIS ticket will also be available, and will guarantee the purchaser the above plus front row seats to the theatre shows, a private lounge for use all day, drinks and light refreshments and a special goodie bag with exclusive merchandise which can be collected on the day guests attend. TARDIS tickets are priced at £95.50 for adults, £44.25 for children and £218 for a family. On top of that a limited amount of photo and autograph opportunities will be available with some guests, to be purchased on site (with the exception of Matt Smith, photos with whom will be booked in advance at the link above).

The 23rd is likely to be the most sought after day of programming for most guests, being the actual anniversary, and the BBC has confirmed that there will be some additional events to mark the anniversary that night, though details are still forthcoming.

The last event sold out, and it’s surely a guarantee that this will as well. So make sure to mark your calendar for Monday the 8th of July to make sure you get your tickets!

Our reports from the first Official Doctor Who Convention – Meet The Stars, Creators and Directors, Doctor Who Uncut, and the Press Conference.