The BBC recently announced that the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, will attend the official anniversary celebration at ExCel, London, alongside special guests confirmed so far: Tom Baker*, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, who have also played the iconic role of the Doctor.
Held over the 50th anniversary weekend of 22, 23 and 24 Novemeber, tickets will be on general sale from 11am (BST) on Monday 8 July, from the new Doctor Who Celebration microsite, celebration.doctorwho.tv.
The Doctor Who Celebration is a must for the whole family to celebrate their love of all things Doctor Who, with an exciting range of activities to suit all ages. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements of other high profile guests in the coming weeks.
Matt Smith says,
“The event this tear will be an extra special occasion for me, I’m truly looking forward to a huge celebration with the fans in the lead up to the 50th anniversary episode.
Ticket holders to this once-in-a-lifetime event will have access to a whole range of activities including: Guaranteed seats to two theatre panel shows featuring star guests from 50 years of Doctor Who. Guaranteed seats in a spectacular special effects show hosted by Doctor Who’s special effects guru Danny Hargreaves.
Activities in the main halls including: stunt workshops with Doctor Who stunt co-ordinator Crispin Layfield and stunt double Gordon Seed, audio and visual effect workshops, on-stage panels with cast members, walk-like-a-monster master-classes with Doctor Who’s official monster choreographer Alisa Burke, quizzes and games for fans young and old and plenty more to ensure the whole family have an amazing day out celebrating Doctor Who.
All of the above will be available to guests who purchase a standard ticket to the event. Standard tickets are priced at £45 for adults and £20 for kids, while a family ticket will cost 104** (two adults and two children***). Tickets cover entry to the Celebration for one day. Tickets go on general sale at 11am (BST) on Monday 8 July 2013 from celebration.doctorwho.tv.
There is also an option to purchase a limited edition TARDIS ticket. This ticket guarantees 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****.
To ensure every visitor gets access to the best experience, when buying tickets online they will have the option to choose one of two streams – Ice Warrior or Weeping Angel – which will reserve each guest a seat for that day’s shows in the theatre.
Visitors to the Celebration will also have the opportunity to visit signature and photo booths where they can meet their heroes from 50 years of Doctor Who (photos with Matt Smith should be booked in advance via the website). These opportunities will be available at a fee and subject to availability.
In addition to the Celebration, further activity is being planned for the Saturday evening and will be announced soon.
For more information on the Celebration and a Plan Your Day guide, visit celebration.doctorwho.tv. To hear who else will be making the journey to this once-in-a-lifetime occasion at ExCel in November subscribe to the doctorwho.tv newsletter and follow the celebration on twitter at www.twitter.com/dwcelebration.
*Tom Baker is only able to attend the Doctor Who Celebration on Saturday 23rd November.
**Prices shown for standard tickets exclude booking fee.
***Children under five can attend for free, but must be able to sit on a parents lap during the theatre show as seats are pre-allocated.
****Prices shown for TARDIS tickets include booking fee.
Article written by Sam Ingleton for The Gallifrey Times.