So some of you may know I’m a reasonably big fan of Doctor Who. How big? Well, I’m going halfway around the world in November to attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend in London, so… pretty big. (I’m not just doing that, I’m also spending about seven weeks gallivanting about the UK and Europe, but this thing is the reason for doing it at this time of year and not in the summer when all the gardens-type places I wanted to visit in France would actually be open). And guess what? TODAY THE TICKETS GO ON SALE! Being on the mailing list means that I have the code for the two-hour window for priority tickets from 9am – 11am BST, before they go on sale to the general public. As you can imagine, I am sitting here, poised, and a little paranoid. So! Let’s have some Music and Mirth to take my mind off things, shall we?
Both these clips are from the 2010 Doctor Who at the Proms. The music in this show is phenomenal; I have a number of the series soundtracks, and went to the Australian version of this concert, the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, at the Sydney Opera House in November last year. Sadly, there was no appearance from Matt Smith a la this first clip, but Alex Kingston (River Song) and Mark Williams (Brian Williams, Rory’s dad… and also Arthur Weasley if you’re more into Harry Potter) were the hosts, and Ben Foster still conducted and the show’s composer, Murray Gold, was there and played the keyboard for the encore, so one can’t really complain. Anyway, here is Matt Smith as the Doctor, saving the Royal Albert Hall from total destruction with the help of a very clever and very adorable audience member:
Update: I have ended up with 2 tickets, one for Saturday November 23, which is the actual anniversary date, and one for the day after that. I bought the second one during the pre-sale, just in case, since all the Saturday pre-sale ones disappeared like hot cakes. But then getting through the general sale stuff was a breeze, so I have a Saturday one as well, which means, Yay! Tom Baker!