Saturday, 13 September 2014

Locations from 'The Snowmen' - 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special

Its been way too long since I went out and about exploring locations from my favourite television series of all time, so I thought I'd better set this right, for all our sakes. The truth is, me and Luke had planned and prepared a weekend in Cardiff back in February this year for a little valentines getaway, but the horrendous flooding which hit the UK hard during the early part of 2014 threw a stone in the works, and I was forced to turn the car around and drive back home barely 8 miles or so down the road.

 So we re-booked our trip for an early weekend in April which luckily turned out to be a sunny and dry few days. I decided to visit a few locations from the latest series of Doctor Who, due to the fact that I had followed a lot of the set reports on Twitter during the weeks of filming, so I had a good idea where a lot of the filming had taken place. After mapping out a few locations, me and Luke mutually decided to visit Bristol, which was used primarily in the 2012 Christmas special  The Snowmen. I had wanted to visit Bristol since I found out this episode was filmed here, so I could finally now tick it off my list of places to see.


 Since then I have been extremely busy with moving house (very stressful) and going away on holiday. So I have finally got round to writing this post for you.


 We arrived in Cardiff Friday afternoon, got changed and went for a meal at the lovely Italian restaurant Zizzis in Cardiff Bay. Luke had won a meal of up to £50 so he treated us both to a starter, main course and we shared a bottle of chilled white wine. We went for a wonder around the bay once we had finished and took some lovely photos of the sun setting and topped off the evening with a cocktail in Eddies Diner. It was a lovely way to spend our delayed valentines getaway together.

  Anyway, back on track, we were up Saturday morning a bit groggy from the previous nights drinks and headed down to the trainstation to catch the train to Bristol. We bought tickets for Bristol Temple Meads station after I googled the city map and highlighted the areas/location spots I wished to visit.

 We exited Bristol Temple Meads and immediately ran into trouble. You see, we aren’t the best couple at reading maps, and neither of us had been to the city before, so trying to find our way to the right locations was pretty difficult. Plus, I have never known a city to have so many traffic lights/pedestrian crossings. There are like four crossings just to get to the other side of a ring road taking about 10minutes! Anyway, we headed to what turned out to be my favourite place in the city, recommended by many of the locals; the docks. Unfortunately we picked a bit of a grey day, otherwise I’m sure the scenery particularly around this area would have been very pretty, plus Victoria Square looked like a lovely place to stop for lunch on a sunny day.

 However we headed over the footbridge and were greeted by a range of restaurants, but of course, we stuck to good old Weatherspoons! After re-energising, we went on the hunt for Bristol’s Cathedral, which only happened to be around the corner, and took some photos. A few minutes’ walk down the road we were heading to find some of the notorious graffiti artist Banksy’s work. We had a typical silly moment of looking left and right and on the sides of buildings, when the whole time the graffiti was pictured right behind us! Before heading to Bristol, I did a bit of research and looked into all the right places to visit, and a tour of Banksys art work was highly recommended. However, due to our lack of time, we opted to just look for any graffiti on foot during our mission around the city, but we did agree that if we went back to Bristol again, it is definitely something we would think about doing.
 Anyway, now for the real reason I’m blogging about Bristol: The Doctor Who location visits. As an avid viewer of any behind the scenes content the BBC Doctor Who team broadcast and an interest in any filming reports, I was aware the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas special was to be filmed in the city of Bristol.
First we headed up to St Nicholas Market on Corn Street to find the first Doctor Who location of the day. This location was chosen because of its Victorian streets which fit in perfectly with the story-line set in Victorian London, so it was easy to spot when walking through the city centre. The market was up and running once we got there, and it was as busy as ever, so I tried to take as many pictures as I could of the surroundings. 
From watching the behind the scenes extra show, I was aware that some of the alleyway shots taken near where we first saw Clara working in the Rose and Crown were located near the market. Me and Luke walked up and down a few different alleys in the area until we settled on one which I looked familiar. I had the episode downloaded onto my iphone, so I had a quick check, and although it was hard to tell at first because the ground wasn’t covered in *fake* snow, it was soon pretty obvious it was the right place. I think its pretty interesting that the show manages to find the smallest, insignificant spaces, and make them magical. If I didn’t realise Doctor Who was filmed in the city, I wouldn’t have looked twice at this little spot.

You can really see the added props and hidden shop signs which helps to bring a little hideaway alleyway to life, creating the look and feel of Victorian London. Luckily, this alleyway already contained a few features of old England - The historic buildings, iron gates and Victorian Lamp posts, for example. Oh, and here's me trying to recreate the scene where Clara decides to follow the Doctor on foot... cringe! :-
There were quite a few decent looking market stalls on the market, a lot selling Banksy memorabilia, Bristol are obviously very fond of their infamous graffiti artist, but we only got to purchase a drink each and we were off to find the next location.

Merging our 'fantastic' map reading skills together, and Luke yelling ‘Banksy!’ at everyone walking past to see their reaction (he was adamant that he wanted to unmask the artist himself), we took the 20 minute walk or so to Portland Square. 

Nestled away from the busy streets of the city centre, Portland Square is a small park area with greenery, trees and benches, located in the middle of very rich, tall buildings. A real little gem hidden away from the bustling streets of Bristol, I can see why this spot was chosen for filming, not just for Doctor Who, but also as a location for the Series 3 opener of BBC Sherlock, 'The Empty Hearse', where John Watson is trapped under a lit bonfire.

Back to Doctor Who, this location was used as the spot beneath where The Doctor has landed his TARDIS in the clouds. From here, the Doctor takes one big leap and pulls down a ladder to which he can then ascend the spiral staircase to his time machine. However, unbeknownst to him, Clara has secretly followed him every step of the way.

Five points if you can spot me in the photograph below! Yes, there were people in the park at the time, they must've wondered what on earth I was doing!


 Anyway, we had fun recreating these poses to try and match the episode as much as possible. Luke laughed a lot and made me jump in the air more than I needed to so he could ‘get the best shot’. I hope you enjoy looking through them as much as I enjoyed recreating them J Next time I’ll have to hire a period costume for the added ‘Clara’ effect.

 So that was pretty much is for our time in Bristol, as we navigated our way back to the station before the heavens opened, and left Cardiff by car before evening fell.

I hope you are enjoying the new series with our new Doctor. They seem to be reusing a lot of the locations I have been to previously for the new episodes, so I may have to use this as a valid excuse to revisit some of my favourites. I do, however, miss Matt Smith a lot. He was such a genius actor and a credit to the show. However, Peter is growing on me with every episode, last Saturdays Robot of Sherwood being my favourite so far. Jenna is still a perfect, witty, strong companion and I am excited to see how Danny Pink fits into the storyline. The story arc for this season also looks very interesting; I am keen to know who Missy is and what this so-called ‘promised land’ is. The Christmas episode is currently filming, so please keep me updated if you see any locations on the set reports you may think is worth a visit.

My next planned trip to South Wales falls in October, so I’m hoping to head to some of the more rural locations then as I stay in a lodge for my birthday in the middle of the Welsh hills. Hopefully then, my next post won’t take as long to put together, but with working such long hours right now it is hard to fit any time in for blogging unfortunately. If you have any good locations you would like me to visit, please let me know.

In the meantime, I will be updating my locations page with all the latest episodes as I go along. Feel free to have a nose:-)

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

A Visit to Wayne Manor... Plus General Outings this Spring!

Hello! It feels like I've been hibernating in the wilderness....maybe it was all that food I indulged in over Christmas!

 Welcome, long time no see! I've really been meaning to post regularly since my last entry in January but my job seems to be taking up all my time, and if I'm not working, we are sorting the house out ready for the big house move next month. I made it my new years resolution to blog more, so I've really failed that. Throw your bad luck my way! So what I have missed...? Probably a lot, I haven't had chance to catch up on much Doctor Who news over the last few months, but I have made it my mission to follow some of the filming (as always) ...just because I'm a nosey person! 

So what have you missed....? Not a lot here either, I am now nearly 6 months into my job in the NHS, getting used to the whole commuting to work business (finally) but also on the lookout for new ventures which could guide me down my desired career path. I've been out jogging the last couple of weeks, nearly finished the NHS podcast series 'Couch to 5K', if you are a novice runner like I was, I definitely recommend it, I'm now running 25 minutes comfortably when this time last year I couldn't jog for longer than a minute! I've also been out and about a lot over the last few months, forcing Luke to take me here, there, and everywhere at the weekend so we aren't stuck inside, glued to the television. I've visited all kinds of places, from beauty spots, to castles, zoos and cities. 

So first of all let me welcome you back to the blog with a few recent snapshots of my life, and ideas for places to visit during your bank holiday weekend. I will then follow this blog entry with details on a recent Doctor Who location visit... but more on this later.

A few weeks ago, I had a few days left to take as leave, so I booked three days off work to go out and about. My brother happened to be off as well, so I decided to recruit him on my trip to Nottingham, where we visited a location from one of our favourite films, The Dark Knight Rises. As predicted, the day mainly consisted of my brother wheeling off uncanny impressions of Bane, but it was actually a pretty cool day, and the location itself and its surroundings were exquisite. 

The house which doubles as Wayne Manor in the film is located in Wollaton Hall and Park, Nottingham, a short ride away from the city centre. The house is free to go in and walk around, but you do have to pay a couple of pounds to park. More information here:- http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/article/22178/Wollaton-Hall-and-Park

 We did have a little surprise when we walked into the hall, not only was there a batman theme and activity for kids, but the house itself also doubles up as a Natural History Museum... which made me feel a bit queasy with all the lifeless animals, so I didn't spend much time in many of the rooms, but preferred to be outside taking in the pretty view :-)


 As well as our visit to make-believe Gotham, (ironically there is actually a village called Gotham just down the road from Nottingham), me and Luke have spent a few weekends in different places around North/Mid Wales. I persuaded Luke to drive us to Llangollen in Wales one Saturday a few weeks ago, as I wanted to walk across one of the infamous aqueducts I had read about on the internet. It wasn't until we got there, and I was halfway across the aqueduct itself that I realised I was actually very afraid of heights, and with a ridiculously huge drop each side of the bridge, I cautiously made my way back from the direction I came, clinging to the railings above the steep drop. Just look how high/unsafe it looks! The views are spectacular on a clear day, but its not for the faint-hearted. I recommend getting the canal boat across if you are a wimp like me!


 We then shot across the countryside to Chirk castle, which was closed due to the time of year, but there was still access around the courtyard and gardens, which were beautiful. The castle is on top of a big hill, with the carpark located at the bottom. Althought there is a shuttle bus for those with walking difficulties, please be aware that it is a bit of a trek uphill, which I for one, wasn't prepared for as I decided to wear my ballet pumps!
The following weekend the sun decided to really descend on Great Britain, so I used it as an opportune moment to get my new shorts out! We decided to head to Lake Vrynwy in Wales due to its idyllic scenery and remote location in the Valleys. Even the drive there was beautiful! Lake Vrynwy consists of a Victorian reservoir and stone built dam which you can drive or walk across. I have been coming to this spot since I was a young child, but not once had I seen the lake water high enough to spill through the dam, until now. 
And lastly but no means least, we visited Chester Zoo. Having not been here since I was a young child, I was quite apprehensive about the whole day, but it turned out wonderful, I even managed to walk through the batcave which contains all kinds of bats flying loosely around the room. Below are some of my favourite snapshots from the day:- 
  If you have any queries on any of the places I have visited, or want to know more information/links to particular sites, just drop me a comment/email/tweet and I'll happily get back to you.

Exploring out and about in Wales really made me appreciated the life we lead here in the UK, who knew so many places so beautiful were just on our doorstep?! And unlike my usual spots to explore, even though Doctor Who wasn't filmed in any of these locations, I loved being out and breathing in the fresh air of Wales and the surrounding area. It is a glorious country, and I do hope we have some more sunny skies heading our way soon so I can get out and about once again! 

 Last weekend I visited Cardiff and Bristol for some up to date Doctor Who location hunting. I will hopefully be writing up my next post about this in the next week or so, so watch this space! Its been a long while since I last visited some locations.

In the meantime, have a lovely bank holiday weekend and Easter Sunday everyone!

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Get the Clara Oswald Look:- Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide

 I've always been a fan of the female companions and their wardrobe in Doctor Who, but it wasn't until Jenna Coleman stepped into the role that I found myself loving everything they threw together for her character, Clara Oswald. I now have quite a collection of Clara clothing items, and I hope to share each and every one of them with you very soon. 

The interesting thing is, away from Doctor Who itself, I love Jenna's own unique style, as I have been pairing dresses and heels together like hers for the past couple of years, so whenever I see her in a cute outfit, I am inspired to try out something similar with the clothes I already own. 

Understandably, anything worn by Jenna in her role as Clara in Doctor Who are much sought after, and after checking out many bids of her clothing items on eBay, its evident people are willing to go to quite an expense to create their very own Clara cosplay. 

Luckily for us fans, Clara's clothes are mostly hand-picked from popular high street stores in the UK, so if you're quick on the uptake, you may be able to grab them at retail price. 

Today's post focuses on the dress worn by Clara in Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide. Although the dress isn't featured onscreen for long, as soon as I saw it I just knew I had to have it. So the search began. 

Coolspotters is always my first port of call, where anyone can upload any items spotted on a celebrity and detail where the item can be purchased. I've also used this site in the past for the likes of Karen Gillan and Daisy Lowe. Now that more people know about the site, the list of Jenna items is becoming very popular and any outfit she's spotted in, whether in character or not, is uploaded to the site within a couple of hours. 

Another cool site is http://fashionofdoctorwho.com/ , which is kept up to date and details items which are not always featured on Coolspotters. They also provide information on how you can get the look for less, without breaking the bank.

This dress in particular was hard to find, but after tweeting my followers and asking whether they knew of its whereabouts, I was soon pointed in the right direction. 


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The Doctor Who Ultimate Guide was broadcast as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations last November on BBC Three. It took a look back of the last 50 years of Doctor Who, beginning and ending with a little screenplay by The Doctor and Clara. 


"a look at all 11 incarnations of the Doctor and their most famous scenes and storylines, an exploration of the many sides to the Doctor and asking what is he really like. Plus, a look at The Doctor's many travelling companions and adversaries over the years and how they all contribute to creating the longest running sci-fi show of all time"

My partner ever so kindly bought me this dress for Christmas, and I vowed to wear it for the first time on New Years Eve. After seeing Jenna wear her hair loose and wavy with the dress, I thought I would do the same. It's very rare that I curl my hair, but as it was a special occasion, I took the plunge. My hair hates being curled; I spent years trying to perfect a curled look. I cheat (slightly) and use my GHD straighteners, wrapping each section of hair around and gently unravel, resulting in loose, bouncy curls. 

The dress is short, so it will show off a bit of leg, but not uncomfortably so. It is elasticated around the waist, so it will stretch over the lumps and bumps (over-indulgence over the Christmas holidays, anyone?!) plus it is loosely fitted around the chest area. The dress has a zip to the front, and boasts short sleeves (which I think is a lot more flattering). This dress also looks great paired with a leather jacket for extra warmth during the long winter nights. 
 So there you have it, a little Clara cosplay, and my new favourite dress! I have so many more Clara items in my wardrobe, so I will definitely have to share them with you soon. To ask me any questions about the outfit, feel free to tweet me @pluckykelly

Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend! 


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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Doctor Who 50th Celebration 2013 - London Excel

On the 21st November (sorry about the delay), I set off on the train down to London with Luke for the Doctor Who 50th Celebration at the Excel Centre. We managed to book in at the Excel Travelodge which proved handy for an 8.30am start. As we were Ice Warriors group A, we were told to head  early to West Gate, so instead of walking in the cold, we decided to opt for the DLR train. Once we alighted, we followed the official celebration posters and the many cosplayers to the main entrance, and joined the back of the enormous queue. This, I have to say, was the one and only thing that bugged me for the day, the endless queueing. If we had been prewarned I would have taken it better, but because of my dodgy back, I was in complete agony for a whole hour standing upright. I couldn't even sit on the floor because everyone was packed together like sardines. I was also worried that I would miss my photo with Matt Smith, which was due at 11am and we still hadn't gone into our first panel talk of the day. So all in all, I was very stressed for the first hour or so of the day. But once the doors finally opened, the crowd cheered and we made our way into the seating area for the first talk, the stress soon disappeared.

  As we waited for the theatre to fill up, we were shown a montage of videos celebrating the 50 years of Doctor Who, which gave me goosebumps! It was brilliant to be seated in a room with so many people who shared the same love for the programme as you do. 

 Our first talk of the day was the Special Effects show, which was very impressive. Danny Hargreaves who has worked on some of the biggest Doctor Who episodes along with his SFX team provided the most ambitious set which made me jump out of my seat. It incorporated an exploding Dalek, a huge wind machine, gun fire effects on a real-life Cyberman and a fire demonstration. The audience were then invited to ask the team any questions, during which me and Luke rudely had to leave as I wanted to make sure I wasn't late for my Matt Smith photo. 

 Once again, panic set in, as I was wrongly directed into the Celebration Hall for my photo by a staff member, which took a lot of time and wading through excited fans to find my way out of! I was completely on autopilot, which meant I walked straight past Jenna Coleman without realising, who had just arrived to sign autographs, losing Luke on the way as he paused to catch a sighting of his love. 

  Next I was told my a woman to join the back of a queue up the stairs, where I was greeted by the gentleman infront of us as he turned around with a startled expression and said "Whoah I thought you were Jenna Coleman for a second then, I was going to say, you're supposed to be in a panel talk right now!" I didn't even go for the Clara cosplay but its a compliment all the same. In fact, I had just bought a new £30 dress for the occasion, paired with my wedged black trainers and leather jacket.

 After waiting in the queue for 10 minutes and finally reaching the front, a male staff member made it pretty clear that I was infact in the screening queue, and rushed me forward, directing me to the correct room. As if I needed more reason to be shaking like a nervous wreck than to be late for my photo?! Anyway, finally I was in the correct queue, and it was pretty obvious a lot of people had the same trouble as me getting there! My plan for the first part of the morning was to find exactly where the room was, but this was made impossible due to the queuing I explained earlier. My only advice for the Celebration team for any event they decided to organise in the future would be to include a show planner in an email to the attendees which could be printed off, because I had never been to the Excel Centre before so I didn't even know where the celebration hall was to begin! Or maybe a map on the website? There may have been one, but after spending a lot of time on the website to "Plan my Day" I'm pretty sure I didn't see anything of the sort. I have to say though, apart from that blip or two in the morning, the rest of the day ran smoothly, and it could have been down to our misfortune as Ice Warriors, being the first group to start the weekend events off, it allowed for teething problems to become apparent before the loose ends were well and truly tied up for Saturday and Sunday.

Anyway, I ended up standing in the correct queue next to the door where people were exiting the room, which was great. This was because every time someone came out the door, I had a quick glimpse of the main man himself, and took a few snapshots. It was still a WHOAH moment when I saw the short hair in the flesh, even though I am use to seeing it in the press. He looked cute and comfortable in a woolly navy jumper, his trademark black slightly rolled up jeans and blue converse. 
I gave the staff member my name and entered the room, following the queue as it zig-zagged around. The majority of people around me had turned up in groups or pairs so I felt pretty scared being on my lonesome as Luke hadn't paid for a photo. I proceeded by taking a few pictures as I waited my turn. I noticed people started getting Matt to sign items for them, so I panicked and picked out the Special Edition Doctor Who Magazine I had left in my bag from the train journey. But as I got near the front, the staff told everyone there would be no more autographs, which I knew anyway, it just annoys me how so many people get away with it, ruining it for the rest of us, and Matts too polite to say no to a signing.

So I was next up, and as the people in front walked out of the room, Matt was distracted and started talking to someone behind the camera. I thought right, I am not walking over until he looks over. So I waited, he turned back, the staff waved me forward and on I went, shaking like a leaf. Matt shook my hand, asked if I was okay, I answered and returned the question and I asked if I could have a hug. He said of course I could and even though I was shaking like mad, it was the best hug, and he smelt so good. I was worried it was going to be an awkward hug, as I can be very awkward when nervous, but no, I threw my arms over him (not as violently as it sounds) and he responded into a quick cuddle. Then, out of nowhere, he stepped back for a second, looked me straight in the eyes and said 'you look really lovely by the way' .... well, I just melted. I bet my dimples were having a field-day. I squeaked a faint 'thanks' back, he put a big arm around me and we had our photo. Still shaking with nerves he said have a good day, rubbed my back and I totally fangirled with a "I'm gunna miss you" - Oh dear Kelly! I suppose it was the truth but out of the millions of things I could've said, I came out with that. Seriously. Ah well, nothing could bring me down, meeting Matt Smith for the third and possibly final time was brilliant, he was just the most handsome, perfect man of my dreams I always knew he was :-) And if he didn't know already, he now knows he's going to be missed, haha! Oh, and I totally prefer the short haired look, he looks even more gorgeous in the flesh. 
 Next, Luke managed to bring me down from cloud 9 *slightly*, and reminded me I was due to have my autograph with Catrin Stewart before 12pm, so we headed back into the celebration hall. When we arrived at the autograph booths I armed myself with my Stella series 2 DVD holder, showed my ticket to the staff and waited in the queue to meet the star of Sky Ones Stella and Doctor Who. Catrin Stewart portrays Jenny Flint in a number of episodes from Series 6 and 7 alongside her onscreen wife Silurian Madame Vastra and friend and ally the Sontaran, Strax. Most notably her recent appearance in the series 7 finale "The Name of the Doctor" brought the series to a close and left fans calling for the threesome to return in future episodes. 

 I waited for the gentleman in front of me in the queue to finish chatting to Catrin and she welcomed me next with a big grin. I asked her to sign my dvd cover, whilst she exclaimed 'this makes a change!' And we chatted away about Stella, my *second* favourite programme. I then asked if I could have a photo, and after vigorously searching my bag for my camera, apologizing for taking up her time, she called one of the staff over to take the snap, and we ended up with one of my favourite photos of the day. Catrin was a lovely lady, and I would love to meet her again. Such a warm and friendly personality, I really think she will go on to be a big star. 
 Next we had a bit of a wonder around the celebration hall and took in all the sights. The amount of cosplayers walking around was pretty impressive! We managed to catch sight of Camille Coduri, who plays Jackie Tyler, mother to Rose Tyler at her question and answer session, and then we moved on to look around the endless pop up shops, which were full of all kinds of Doctor Who goodies!
 Following this, we made our way to the wardrobe and  trailers. They were so cool, I've seen the trailers featured on so many Doctor Who Confidential episodes, so to be inside them was extra special. (As you well know, I love all that behind-the-scenes malarkey!) The wardrobe trailer was fitted out with costumes from many different characters, which was made extra special as we were actually allowed to touch and pose alongside our favourite items. 

 Following on from this, we headed back into the hall and had a nose around some of the props. We had seen quite a few before, following our past ventures to the Doctor Who Convention back in 2012, and the Doctor Who Experience. But nevertheless, I managed to take a few snaps of my favourite props and some I had not yet seen before, including items from The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. It was all very exciting at this point as there were camera crews popping up all over the place interviewing fans and cosplayers. 

 After grabbing a sandwich for lunch, we decided to head back to the theatre for the next two panel shows. We waited in the queue for the auditorium, and when we were issued through the doors the huge crowd just ran forward, much to the staffs disappointment; a health and safety nightmare! Anyhow, it meant we managed to get hold of great aisle seats a few rows from the front, which we were very pleased with! After watching a few montages on the screen once again, we were introduced to our host, the voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs, and our three panel stars: Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy (aka the 5th, 6th and 7th Doctors). This hour long panel was ten times better than I expected, I loved the friendships which have formed between the three actors, paired with their sense of humour and along with all the interesting stories they had to tell us fans from some of the most iconic scenes.
 Once the panel had ended, we had a brief break and were advised to stay in our seats for the next panel show, the Eleventh hour. I made Luke stay sat with our seats whilst I wondered off to buy a programme. I was a bit put-off with the price, but I bought one anyway as I hadn't purchased anything all day. But £15!! Bit on the heavy side, but it is packed full with all kinds of cool facts, photos and information spanning 50 years. 

The panel show began not long after, hosted by Matthew Sweet who introduced Producer Marcus Wilson, Writer Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith to the stage to humongous applause. Below is a short video I have uploaded to Youtube from the show, followed by some photos I took:- 
Our last event for the day was our Tardis Console photo, which I was very excited about. The inside of the console was hidden from view by a long black curtain which took up a large chunk of the one corner in the celebration hall. We waited for 45 minutes for our photo, which was a bit of a pain as we had a specific timeslot we had booked to tie in with catching the train back home. 
 I was a bit disappointed with the picture to be honest, after all, I had pre-paid for it at a cost of £15! The lighting wasn't great and there wasn't much background to the set, which kind of made the whole shot look a bit fake. Plus, Lukes not even looking at the camera! (Silly boy!) But I suppose I won't get a chance like that again to touch the Eleventh Doctors first console, so I will stop moaning about it now and move on. Here's a lovely stereotypical snap of all the goodies I came home with:-
 So, that's pretty much it for my day. I hope you've enjoyed my huge post and all my pictures. I went abit photo crazy as I had just treated myself to a posh new camera a few days before the event! This post has been about 5 weeks in the making, so you can understand why it is very long-winded. If you are like me, you'll only look at the pictures anyway, and maybe the last few paragraphs, if so, hi, you've missed a great post, shame on you ;-) ! 

 All in all I had an incredible day, I would do it again, even with all the queuing. It was worth every penny, and I think the tickets themselves were a bargain for £45.00pp, plus the £20 I paid for a photo with the lovely Matt Smith. Plus, we got to see a bit more of London we hadn't seen before, as it was our first trip to the London Excel and our first journey on a DLR train - what an experience! I'd love to see a Doctor Who official event like this happen again, but I don't know whether the excitement of it being the 50th Celebration year will ever be trumped. 

 Since I last blogged its been the Christmas special, and my Doctor, Matt Smith, left his role as the timelord *blubbs*. He will be sorely missed, but he will go onto even greater things (if possible - come on, its Doctor Who!) He is a fantastic actor, and a lovely, friendly young man. However, I am secretly looking forward to our new Doctor, Peter Capauldi, I can't wait to see how he puts his own spin to the role, hurry up Autumn! Lets see how many Capaldi locations I can visit this year.

 I have an idea in the works for my next blog post, so I'll hopefully get the ball rolling on that within the next week, now that I have settled in to my new job. I have also just purchased a beautiful new car as my ever-faithful Clio died, so I can't wait to go location hunting in that when the weather brightens up.

I hope you are all keeping well, and the flooding and constant rain showers are not causing you too much misery. Hey, look on the bright side, its a fantastic excuse to stay indoors and pop on a Doctor Who boxset to drive your family crazy! 

Thank you for reading/skimming/scrolling, and I can't wait to blog to you again soon! 

Geronimo!


 

Post dedicated to My Doctor, Matt Smith. (And my ever-faithful car, the Renault Clio, you have transported me safely to so many Doctor Who related locations, without you, they would have not been possible. May you rest in peace.)