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Doctor Who takes The Tardis Tour

Doctor Who takes The Tardis to Belfast and inverness

Images of other details of scheduled visits will be added as they become available.

You can also follow the tour on the official site Here

The Northampton visit has being covered but the Northampton chronicle and Echo Here and BBC Northamton news Here

The Salford visit is covered by the Manchester evening news Here

The Sunderland visit has being covered but the Sunderland Echo Here with pictures of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan with weeping Angel.

The Inverness visit is covered in news reports at the BBC Here And at STV Here

There are further reports in the Press and Journal and mentions the visit and talks about how Karen Gillan meets her cousin for the first time.. on set of the show. has an article about Matt Smith being stopped at Heathrow airport for taking a sonic screwdriver through security on his way to belfast.

Pictures of the tour bus in Belfast with thanks to Lisa…






BBC Newsline meets Doctor Who and his assistant…

You can see the original article Here

Northern Ireland fans of Doctor Who got the chance to quiz the new doctor, Matt Smith, and his assistant, Karen Gillan, when they dropped in to the BBC in Belfast on Monday.

The Timelord returns to television screens this weekend and viewers will be keen to assess the talents of the eleventh doctor.

Matt told Good Morning Ulster listeners how the part had got under his skin since learning his audition had been successful.

“I felt very special, I felt very privileged,” he said.

“I couldn’t tell anyone for three months, but I listened to Frank Sinatra for a couple of days.

“I felt on top of the world, I didn’t really know how to compute it.”

The 27-year-old actor said he did not plan to draw on the influences of the ten previous doctors but hoped to do something “completely different” with the role.

“I don’t think it is ever conscious that you borrow bits of other people’s performance, whether or not there are shades and flavours of other doctors in there I don’t know,” he added.

“I particularly liked Patrick Troughton (former Doctor Who) – I think he is rather wonderful – but it is completely spontaneous and new to me.”

Karen Gillan said she was “too young” to appreciate the older Dr Who material, but admitted her mum was a “huge fan”.

She said any woman prepared to be the Doctor’s assistant was not a “wallflower”.

Matt, who wants to add a hat to a costume which includes a vintage Harris Tweed jacket, said viewers could expect an exciting mixture of new and old monsters in the latest series.

“The weeping angels will be making a reappearance and the daleks,” he said.

“But wait until you see what the daleks have done – it is quite impressive.”

Source BBC News



  • Mrs Smith

    March 31st, 2010 - 6:56pm

    I live in Sunderland my 8 yr old is a huge Dr Who fan by which I mean from William Hartnell to date, he was lucky enough that his school had an invite, although it should only have been the year above him, some children didn’t want to go so he was able to get a place,the result one very, very happy boy. Before I knew his school had been chosen (it was schools nearest to the event site by the way) I emailed the BBC to ask for details and was told that there will be larger public events in a few locations so it might be worth checking the website.
    My boy would have been devastated if he had missed this but I do understand why they kept it invite only, they would have been swamped with fans, of course that’s easy for me to say when he was able to go.

  • Rachel

    March 31st, 2010 - 5:25pm

    Well we managed it,drove past Matt’s old school where it was obvious that they were expecting him,dashed to pick up my daughter from school and arrived at nsb just after the bus! Lol. not many people waiting but got nothing more than a wave no signed anything, luckily my daughter was absoloutely made up with the wave so was worth the dashing about,got some nice pics of the bus which i thought was rather nice. Maybe he will come back in Dec and turn on his home town’s lights!

  • Pixie

    March 31st, 2010 - 1:42pm

    Finally caught up with the bus this morning at the Lowry Theatre in Salford. Great to see the bus but I have to say the BBC were hardly accommodating to the ticketless fans. We were kept to one side as Matt and Karen were ushered past and straight onto the bus without stopping for photos after the showing (except for the official press) or autographs. Luckily one BBC guy gave out some signed postcards from Karen. Worth it to see them but I’m a bit disappointed that they couldn’t spend 10-15 minutes signing autographs, it wouldn’t have made a difference. I know where Northampton is, it doesn’t take 4 hours …

  • booboo

    March 31st, 2010 - 12:35pm

    If you have no luck You could try your local press

  • Rachel

    March 31st, 2010 - 12:25pm

    That sounds great Anita,glad you and your son got to see them and even got a signed poster! Wow! Can i ask how you knew when and where to go? I am hoping my daughter will get to see Matt and karen in Northampton and although i have been told he will be going to the boys school (where Matt attended) have no idea of time etc!

  • Anita

    March 31st, 2010 - 10:49am

    I have photos on my Facebook account, but all my albums are private, sorry! There will be photos in the Press & Journal & the Inverness Courier & Highland News at the weekend, they all have online sites, so check those for details.

  • booboo

    March 31st, 2010 - 10:41am

    That sounds terrific,glad you had a great time and it sound like the BBC are being accommodating to those who turn up which is good.

    Any nice pictures of them anywhere?

  • Anita

    March 31st, 2010 - 10:36am

    Myself & my son met Matt, Karen & Steven Moffat in Inverness yesterday & got a lovely hand-signed poster, which is now framed on his wall. They were all very gracious & wouldn’t leave until they had said hi & signed something for everyone… Matt even left with my pen & I ended up with his (no sonic though lol) A huge thanks to the BBC guys that made this accessible to those that didnt have tickets, greatly appreciated.

  • Steve C

    March 31st, 2010 - 8:21am

    I really wanted to take my two boys up to see the tour bus and a glimpse of Matt and Karen – we were’nt bothered about seeing ‘The Eleventh Hour’ as we will see it saturday – seems to me the BBC are worried sick about security.
    With no details or times I have two very disapointed little boys!!

  • Gavin

    March 30th, 2010 - 7:17pm

    it is a big shame the event was a closed event at the university of sunderland it sounds silly to me who could have been invited and how could they choose?Anyway i am really upset at it and it’s not fair for those who were able to see it because they were invited

  • Rachel

    March 30th, 2010 - 7:13pm

    Pixie i read somewhere that it was at Salford collage/uni you could try their site. I live in Northampton and it appears they are going to be going to Matts old school so i doubt we will get anywhere near tho i may go down to have a butchers just in case,sure i won’t be the only one hope they know what they have let themselves in for!

  • Pixie

    March 30th, 2010 - 6:45pm

    Still frantically searching for info on the Salford visit tomorrow, looks like I shall be disappointed as i dont have all morning to drive/wander around Salford trying to find them! I thought this was to enable Matt and Karen to meet the fans? Funny way of going about it if you ask me.

  • Andrew Hall

    March 30th, 2010 - 4:50pm

    I think this tour has been a farce. I live in Sunderland, and fair enough it is exciting for the kids to get to see the first new episode but as an adult fan, why has every thing been so secretive? No times and for the last few days no information at all on the bus route. I wasnt bothered about seeing the Eleventh Hour cos I will wait till saturday but it would have been to have great to have been able to see Matt and Karen and the bus. Why couldnt these events be more public minded and not just for the select few? Doctor Who is for kids and adults alike. Typical BBC nonsense. And its been raining non stop in Sunderland today!!!

  • Inverness Dude

    March 30th, 2010 - 10:30am

    Its in Inverness today, i hope to see it, even more so now after seeing the pics

  • Time Squad

    March 29th, 2010 - 11:58pm

    The Bus looks fabulous, i really want to see it now

  • David

    March 29th, 2010 - 10:06pm

    It would be great to see the bus

  • Lisa

    March 29th, 2010 - 9:49pm

    yeah I got a couple of photos of the bus at City Hall and some really bad ones of Karen and Matt! lol

  • The Doctor Who Site

    March 29th, 2010 - 6:46pm

    Did you get any pictures of the bus or anything?

  • Lisa

    March 29th, 2010 - 6:36pm

    Had a great time this morning thanks to QFT, BBC and Stuart the security guy! Phone your local BBC Press office and they might give you the details.

  • The 11th Doctor

    March 29th, 2010 - 3:46pm

    I wonder what the Daleks have done, i cant wait for this series to begin

  • Unit

    March 29th, 2010 - 3:29pm

    I do wish they would give out the route and times in the UK so at least we can see the bus

  • The Top 10 Blog

    March 29th, 2010 - 3:23pm

    Looking forward to Saturday, the tour comes near me tomorrow, might take a peek.

    I have put a Top 10 Dr Who on No ads, just for fun!

    Please visit if you have a minute and let me know what you think.


  • Chief Roberts

    March 29th, 2010 - 3:11pm

    Cannot wait for this new series! Saturday can’t come soon enough!

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