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March 7th, 2013 42 comments

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 3-day Indoor Event

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BBC WORLDWIDE ANNOUNCES THE DOCTOR WHO 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT LONDON’S EXCEL IN NOVEMBER

The corporation’s commercial arm will bring thousands of the Time Lord’s fans together from across the universe for a very special 3-day indoor event on his birthday weekend

BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce that it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who – one of popular culture’s most iconic fictional heroes – with a spectacular three day event at ExCeL London, bringing together over 15,000 fans for the ultimate Doctor Who anniversary celebration beginning on Friday November 22nd.

Saturday November 23rd, 2013 will mark 50 years to the day since the Doctor first appeared on British TV screens and since then his global appeal has continued to grow, with viewers across generations in over 200 territories around the world and over 3 million Facebook fans.

Throughout the year, Doctor Who fans across all of space and time will be able to join in the celebrations closer to home. BBC America are marking the anniversary with a number of original programme commissions which will look back at the Doctor throughout the years and celebrate the world’s longest running science fiction show. The programmes will focus on a different Doctor each month in chronological order, and kicked off with William Hartnell’s Doctor in January before culminating with the current Doctor, played by Matt Smith in November. The programmes will also be made available internationally.

In New Zealand, BBC Worldwide Australasia has collaborated with the New Zealand Mint to produce a commemorative coin featuring the TARDIS which will be classified as legal tender to the value of $2(NZD). A range of collectible coins will also be available in New Zealand for fans and collectors alike.
A huge range of new products will also be released throughout 2013.

A set of 11 celebratory Doctor Who stamps (unveiled by Royal Mail on Boxing Day 2012) will be available to purchase from March 26 and Harlequin Goldsmiths has created a collection of Limited Edition Sterling silver and 9ct gold statuaries, together with a range of jewellery for both ladies and gentlemen. For the first time in the company’s history, the Goldsmiths’ Assay Office has granted BBC Worldwide the use of its iconic trademark to form part of a new London hallmark – the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary mark. Only Doctor Who statuaries and jewellery manufactured by Harlequin Goldsmiths in 2013 will bear this special hallmark, following which the mark will be discontinued and the punch presented to the BBC archives.

Capturing all the activity is www.doctorwho.tv , a brand new official and global home for Doctor Who that will act as the hub for all of BBC Worldwide’s Doctor Who-related activity throughout 2013 and beyond. Taking a chronological focus on a Doctor-per-month in the anniversary year, www.doctorwho.tv will feature new product releases, news on the planned celebration weekend and plenty more.

Amanda Hill, Chief Brands Officer at BBC Worldwide said: “We cannot wait to welcome Doctor Who fans from around the world to London in November. It’s going to be a spectacular weekend! Generations of fans young and old have been captivated by the Doctor and we’ve seen the show 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. 2013 is an opportunity for fans around the world to come together and celebrate the glorious past, present and future of Doctor Who.”

More details about the Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend at ExCeL London, including guests, intinerary, ticket prices and booking information will be revealed soon, alongside a host of other surprises. Fans should sign up to the www.doctorwho.tv newsletter to be the first to hear about plans for the celebration.


42 comments

  • Alicat

    July 9th, 2013 - 5:43pm

    I have been waiting ages to no avail, I think the ticket system is fixed. Bet you they would have been all night queuing at the doors or finger on the button at 11am. Bet a whole quantity will be the american audience.

  • booboo

    July 8th, 2013 - 12:23pm

    lost of people disappointed now, seems like its all but sold out

  • Luci-D

    July 8th, 2013 - 12:21pm

    I was at work. I took a couple of hours out to try and buy them. waste of time really

  • booboo

    July 8th, 2013 - 11:40am

    feel sorry for all those who are at work and are unable to use a phone of internet who havnet got a hope of getting tickets for this.

  • Luci-D

    July 8th, 2013 - 11:22am

    been trying to get hold of tickets all morning. tardis tickets on website sold out on presales. can’t even buy standard tickets. Phone line constantly busy. Good luck to anyone who managed to purchase one

  • booboo

    May 25th, 2013 - 1:47pm

    well 10,000+ proms tickets sold out in 3 hours, i would expect this to sell out very quickly

  • atle from norway

    May 25th, 2013 - 1:45pm

    15.000 tickets, is this allot, or will it be sold out fast. Have already booked hotel, and flight from Norway, with my then 15 year old daughter.

    Not many people know, who the Docter is here,

    But my daughter is a big fan, after her father, one of the last interest wee share. So i wanted to surprise her with this trip(and Christmas shopping, she is a girl).

    Do you think this will be sold out, or is there tickets to go around?

  • debz ann clarke

    March 24th, 2013 - 9:57pm

    Wonder when they will release the prices.. nothing on the MCM website as yet.. and cant find anything regarding prebooking tickets.. booking my hotel now.. cant wait.. soooo excited

  • JASON WRIGHT

    March 13th, 2013 - 8:29pm

    don,t get too exited you might have heart attack

  • JASON WRIGHT

    March 13th, 2013 - 8:27pm

    im a big fan off dr who i know every character and monster and every apperince thay played in.
    hope it,s no more than £70.00 to get in. i hope karen gillan i there

  • Malcolm

    March 13th, 2013 - 5:19pm

    I will go only if Riversong is there!

  • Davros ate my cat

    March 11th, 2013 - 12:15am

    No, booboo, we got there by train. Can’t remember how we got to/from the station, though.

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