Friday, 4 September 2015

Doctor Who Festival update

The heavily anticipated Doctor Who Festival arrives in London
this November
BBC Worldwide has confirmed additional activities for the official Doctor Who Festival, including a special guest appearance by writer and actor Mark Gatiss on Friday 13 November. The Doctor Who Festival is the only official event this year to include appearances from Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez (Missy) and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) as well as executive producer Steven Moffat. The Festival offers fans of all ages the opportunity to get the inside track from the cast and crew of Doctor Who in an extravaganza of immersive and interactive opportunities.

Along with Theatre Panels with the show’s stars, further panels have now been scheduled to take place across the weekend with all seven Series Nine writers, as well as shows and demonstrations by special effects companies Real SFX and Millennium FX, and exclusive looks at three sets from Series Eight & Nine. Ticket holders also get the chance to take part in Drama School sessions run by one of the show’s directors, in addition to trying their hand at some of the many jobs on set in the Production Village.

Below is a more detailed look at some of the events and activities planned for the three-day Festival:

  • The minds behind Doctor Who will be quizzed in the Writer’s Panel, where all of the Series Nine writers (Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sarah Dollard, Toby Whithouse, Catherine Tregenna, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson) will talk through the development and design of some of the show’s favourite characters and storylines
  • Special effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves and his team at Real SFX reveal what happens on a typical day’s filming and wow fans with their live show
  • Multi-award winning artists Millennium FX will be bringing a monster to life in a live demonstration 
  • Audio drama producers Big Finish will give ticket holders the opportunity to have a go at voice acting, learning from the voice of the Daleks himself, Nick Briggs 
  • Photo opportunities with Mark Gatiss, Danny Hargreaves and Nick Briggs are also now available for purchase
  • Visitors will experience what it's really like to be on the Doctor Who set, in front of and behind the camera, in the Drama School and Production Village
  • Two of the iconic sets from Series Nine will be on open display to all ticket holders, and the set of Clara’s Bedroom will be available to ticket holders for photo opportunities 
  • Fans of the show will also be put to the test in the Doctor Who Festival's Cosplay Showcase and the Fan Challenge

Day ticket prices for the Festival are as follows. These tickets are still available at the time of publication but are strictly while stocks last:

  • Standard ticket: £65
  • Standard child ticket: £30
  • Standard family ticket: £165

These ticket prices include day entry to the Festival, access to three theatre shows, a lanyard and show planner, and access to all the activities in the Festival Hall.

The Doctor Who Festival will take place at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London on Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November 2015. Tickets, further information and monthly newsletters are available from

The Doctor Who Festival will also be heading to Australia a week later, on 21 and 22 November 2015 in Moore Park, Sydney. Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat will also be attending the Australian event.

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