So, on Saturday I was lucky enough to go down to Melbourne to see the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular! You may have already seen/heard my podcast episode about it, but here are some videos, more thoughts and some pictures.
To start off with, this was my first Doctor Who event (apart the event I make watching every episode as it airs for the first time – my inner 5 year old always comes out) and it was truly fantastic! The atmosphere in and around the building was full of excitement, much Who knowledge – and challenges/quizzes of said knowledge that I overheard, sonic screwdrivers buzzing, and a lot of excited chatter! And not just from me. I guess it was a bit of a preview of what a convention is like (oh, how I would love to go to a convention!) with many people with a deep ingrained love for the same thing, coming together to celebrate it.
So, to start off with, there were cosplayers. There were many cosplayers! We had a Tenth Doctor (see further down the post for a picture of him and myself), several 11 Doctor’s – me included, quite a few Amy’s, a lot of Rivers (that just sounds weird… “Welcome to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, mind your step, we’ve got River’s running. Running around that is!”), a Liz Ten/10, a Star Trek Captain (he got a lot of attention), and even a Sherlock Holmes! Oh, and this little guy:
Adorable! This little fella was running around the room, pointing at interesting things, and waving at people.
Up next we have the excellent Tenth Doctor cosplayer I mentioned before:
Sadly we didn’t get his converse trainers in shot, but they did complete the costume.
Now, the show. Mark Sheppard (Canton Delawar The Third in Doctor Who, Badger in Firefly – not that I have to tell you) hosted the show, and did a fantastic job doing so. He started off by telling us who his Doctor was (Jon Pertwee if you weren’t aware), then he wound us up by saying Murray Gold was among us, and we all cheered and got very (very, VERY! In my case) excited!
Eventually there guys and gals turned up!
Eventually, at the end of the show, Murray Gold himself went up on stage and played these two pieces!