While it is likely to not be the only thing planned for the dates it has been scheduled on, BBC Worldwide have announced what will be one of the biggest Doctor Who celebratory events, in the form of a convention that will officially commemorate the series’ 50th anniversary.
The 3-day show, entitled the Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend, will begin on Friday 22 November at the ExCeL Centre in London (England), and while details such as prices and booking information are yet to be revealed for a celebration that is still over 8 months away, it is known that ’15,000 tickets’ will be made available to fans of the long-running sci-fi drama.
Ending on the Sunday of that long weekend, the event will unlike some conventions be at its strongest on the middle date (Saturday 23 November), when the actual anniversary occurs (complete with a one-off celebratory episode… in 3D), amongst what will be a number of other commemorative programmes on the BBC that day.
BBC Worldwide ‘chief brands officer’ Amanda Hill summarised: “Generations of fans young and old have been captivated by the Doctor and we’ve seen Doctor Who go from strength to strength, enjoying something of a global march over the past few years attracting new followers from Turkey to Brazil to South Korea. This year-long celebration is an opportunity for fans around the world to come together and celebrate the glorious past, present and future of Doctor Who.”
While a new half-season (starting at the end of this month), postage stamps, ‘professional fan-fiction‘, a 1963 ‘making of’ biopic, and official convention will be a decent amount of content to support the landmark of many shows, will there still be more planned for the 2013 commemoration?
Though the sale has not yet begun, the hardcore fans of the show around the world will be waiting anxiously to purchase their convention passes, then once secured, they can make a note of the date, start their cars, and take them all the way up to 88-wrong thing? Well which one’s the better time travel franchise after all these years? You decide…