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Monday, November 25, 2013

The 50th Celebration Continues!

Boy, Saturday sure was exciting, wasn't it?! I'm still grinning like a kid.  I'm going to wait on writing a review for a few of days, to give folks who might have missed The Day of the Doctor a chance to watch it before I post any potential spoilers.

Speaking of folks who haven't seen it yet, or those who want to see it again-join us tonight at AMC Lennox at 7:30 pm or 10 pm for the 3-D showing of The Day of the Doctor!  If you're not in the area,  check for listings here!

If you're a fan of GetGlue, you probably noticed that the site seemed to crash at different points during the weekend.  Apparently Whovians overloaded their servers! ;) There were quite a lot of stickers to be had. I myself managed to collect 32 over the last week (20 over the weekend alone)-and I know I missed quite a few!

Speaking of GetGlue-check out this gem that was found:
Day of the Doctor Sets World Record

Steven Moffat was presented with the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama!  The Day of the Doctor was broadcast in 94 countries across the world.  Holy cow!!!  Way to go, Moffat!! (Special thanks to AT&T for sponsoring the episode on BBC America during the first showing-which allowed it to be broadcast commercial free!)

Our "little" shin-dig made the Columbus Dispatch!
'Dr. Who' fans Celebrate Sci-Fi Show's 50th Birthday
Fans say 'Doctor Who' Still a Trip at 50!
(thank you, Mark Williams, for the coverage!)

Set aside 30 minutes to watch The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, a short written by Peter Davison featuring himself, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy in their own hilarious tribute to the 50th Anniversary special.  OMG! :-D

A couple more links from BBC America (watch the The  Day of the Doctor, first!!!)
'Doctor Who': 10 Great Moments from 'Day of the Doctor' GIFs
'Doctor Who': Steven Moffat Explains Billie Piper's Role in the 50th


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy 50th Doctor Who!!!!!

It's here!  It's here!!!!  The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is here!!  Happy 50th, Doctor Who!!!!

The 50 Years of Doctor Who Extravaganza at the Grandview Theatre starts at 11 am!!!

For folks who are staying in, I hope you are enjoying the third part of the Eleventh Doctor marathon on BBC America! (Don't forget to check into GetGlue to earn multiple stickers throughout the day!)

The Day of the Doctor starts at 2:50 pm ET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Tune in early for the live preview show on BBC America starting at 2:30 pm!   Encores at 7 & 11 pm.   

The Graham Norton Show airs at 10 pm, with guests Matt Smith and David Tennant!

Think the fun ends at midnight?  Well, you would be wrong!  Check out the best of Matt Smith Marathon on BBC America, followed by The Doctors Revisited: The Eleventh Doctor.

Then wrap it all up Monday night with 3-D (and 2-D!) screenings across America!

I've been a fan of Orbital for years.  When I found out they did a remix of the Doctor Who theme for the 40th anniversary, I was totally jazzed (it's featured on their album, The Altogether).  For the 50th anniversary, Paul Hartnoll of Orbital decided to share a remix of Doctor Who and the Sea Devils that he did for a Doctor Who album of mixes that was sadly never made.  Check it out here on SoundCloud!

Sea Devils Remix
(Personally, I hope they decide to release a cd of Doctor Who remixes-that would be AWESOME!)

Enjoy the 50th!  If you're doing something special, take pictures so I can share them on the blog!

Happy 50th, Doctor Who!

#SaveTheDay #DW50

Friday, November 22, 2013


One day, folks! ONE DAY! :-D

The BBC has released a second prequel online-check out The Last Day:

Also, check out or today- but be sure you have a lot of time on your hands! ;-)

Don't forget the Eleventh Doctor marathon continues on BBC America! Plus two new specials:

Doctor Who: Explained An all-new special, Doctor Who Explained, explores the mysterious and two-hearted alien who is the Doctor. Through exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history, including actors who have played the Doctor: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Davison, and Tom Baker as well as actors who have played companions: Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, and Freema Agyeman, viewers get an insight to what happens behind-the-scenes of the award-winning sci-fi show. Starts at 8 pm ET

An Adventure in Space and Time: What do you get when you mix C.S. Lewis with H.G. Wells, and sprinkle in a bit of Father Christmas? An alien Time Lord exploring space and time in a Police Box spaceship called the “TARDIS” (Time And Relative Dimension in Space). Written by Mark Gatiss, the BBC AMERICA co-production, the film stars David Bradley (the First Doctor, William Hartnell), Brian Cox (BBC Head of Drama, Sydney Newman), Jessica Raine (Producer, Verity Lambert) and Sacha Dhawan (Director, Waris Hussein). An unlikely trio of misfits set out to create a genre series that all ages would love. William ‘Bill’ Hartnell, displeased with his career, was presented with a chance to break out of the hard-man roles he’d become known for. And with the instincts of first time producer, Verity Lambert and first time director, Waris Hussein, the Doctor was born. As the success of the show grew, William went from unhappy curmudgeon to beloved television star who relished his career resurgence and found a new lease on life. But all good things come to an end. How will Bill face leaving behind the part that has made him a hero to millions of children? And can the show survive without him? Journey back fifty years through space and time to witness the exciting beginning and untimely end of the First Doctor in this touching drama.

And last, but not least! The 50 Years of Doctor Who Extravaganza starts tomorrow at 11 am at the Grandview Theatre!!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Oh, My Giddy Aunt! TWO DAYS!

Two days, folks!!!!!  TWO DAYS! :-D

Can you tell I'm excited?!  Even art museums art getting into the spirit of things.  The Cleveland Museum of Art has a series of half hour tours (free of charge) called Art Bites.   Today's theme? Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey! Neat, huh?

Hope you are enjoying the Eleventh Doctor marathon on BBC America today!  If you are a GetGlue user, be sure to check out Thursday's Takeover Schedule on BBC America's site-it has a list of a number of stickers you can earn today.

Two days until The 50 Years of Doctor Who Extravaganza at the Grandview Theatre!!!  Remember the fun begins at 11am!  Wear your best Doctor Who costume!

FTW: Celeb Whovians wishing Doctor Who a Happy 50th!  I have to admit, I love that Edward James Olmos is among them! ;)

Happy 50th From Celeb Whovians

Two days!!!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Three days!!!!!

Tenth Doctor Marathon is happening on BBC America right now! :)

Need baking ideas for your Doctor Who celebration on Saturday?  Check out what the New York staff of BBC America have created:

Doctor Who Baking Ideas!

Also, a second trailer for The Day of the Doctor has been released at !!!

Can't wait for Saturday?  BBC Radio 4 Extra is currently airing Classic Who audios!  Check out their Listen Again schedule: Doctor Who on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Remember, 3 days!!!! :)


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lots of good stuff from BBCA's Anglophenia!

Wow! Be sure to check out the Anglophenia blog over at BBC America! So many cool things, it would be impossible for me to summarize for you!!

Anglophenia updates



50th Anniversary-Tuesday updates!

Don't forget! Andrew will decorating the Grandview Theatre tonight in preparation for the 50th Extravaganza on Saturday! Be sure to stop by the Grandview Theatre starting around 7:30pm if you would like to help. :)

Hope everyone is enjoying the Ninth Doctor marathon on BBC America! Tomorrow's marathon will feature the Tenth Doctor.

The Day of the Doctor hasn't even aired yet, but details on the dvd release are already available! (DVD, Blu-Ray, and DVD/Blu-Ray combo!) Region 2 will be released on Monday, December 2nd, followed by Region 1 on Tuesday, December 3rd. Features include:
Night of the Doctor mini-episode
The Last Day, a second mini-episode
Behind the Lens and more!

Check out for more details!

Also, if you haven't seen it already, the DWAS (Doctor Who Appreciation Society) is having their own celebration complete with a special 50th anniversary edition of their magazine 'Celestial Toyroom' (available for purchase for non-members through their website) and many video gems on their YouTube channel!

See DWAS unveils plans for anniversary week.

Don't forget Chicago TARDIS starts next week!!! Anyone from DWC attending this year?

That's all for now! FOUR DAYS!!!! :-D #SaveTheDay

Monday, November 18, 2013

50th Anniversary-Monday on BBC America!

Hello everyone!  5 days!!!!

Don't forget!  Tomorrow we will be decorating the Grandview Theatre in preparation for the 50th Anniversary Extravaganza!   If you have the time and would like to help out, we will be meeting around 7:30 pm. :)

Hope you are enjoying the Doctor's Revisited marathon on BBC America!!!  Don't forget there are two new specials on tonight!

Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS – 9:00 –10:00pm ET
An all-new special, Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS, features the series’ actors and producers sharing their experiences and memories of the world’s longest-running sci-fi show. The special features exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history, including actors who have played the Doctor: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Tom Baker, and Peter Davison, actors who have played companions: Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman, and William Russell, as well as the current lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. The discussion includes how the actors got cast, how the roles changed their lives, how a ‘regeneration’ is recorded, and how filming the show in the 60's compares to today.

The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox – 10:00–11:00pm ET
A former rock star and Britain’s popular TV physicist, Professor Brian Cox explores the universe of the world’s favorite Time Lord when he takes the audience on a journey into the wonderful universe of Doctor Who, with the help of celebrity guests. In this exclusively recorded special from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Who fans and anyone with a thirst for understanding.



Sunday, November 17, 2013

The BBC America Doctor Who Takeover!

Doctor Who is taking over BBC America!

BBC America will present a week-long Doctor Who takeover starting Monday, November 18th at 9:00 am ET. (That's tomorrow!) The takeover will include marathons of favorite Doctors leading into new prime time specials!

The Brief Schedule:

Monday, November 18th:
9:00am - 9:00pm ET: The Doctors Revisited Marathon-the First through Tenth Doctor
9:00pm - 10:00pm ET: U.S. premiere of Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS
10:00pm - 11:0pm ET: U.S. premiere of The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox

Tuesday, November 19th:
10:00am - 11:00pm ET: Ninth Doctor Marathon

Wednesday, November 20th:
2:00am - 11:00pm ET: Tenth Doctor Marathon

Thursday, November 21st:
9:00am -11:00pm ET: Eleventh Doctor Marathon, Part 1

Friday, November 22nd:
9:00am -8:00pm ET: Eleventh Doctor Marathon, Part 2
8:00pm - 9:00pm ET: U.S. premiere of Doctor Who Explained
9:00pm ET: U.S. premiere of An Adventure in Space and Time

Saturday, November 23rd:
1:00am - 2:00pm ET: Eleventh Doctor Marathon, Part 3
2:50pm ET: Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor - Global Simulcast!
7:00pm ET: The Day of the Doctor encore primetime broadcast
10:00pm ET: The Graham Norton Show with guests Matt Smith and David Tennant!!

Sunday, November 24th:
9:00am - 8:00pm ET: Doctor Who- Matt Smith Countdown (top 11 episodes of Matt Smith!)
8:00pm - 10:30pm ET: U.S. Premiere of Doctor Who: The Doctor's Revisited-the Eleventh Doctor

For more details on the full schedule, check out: The Doctor Who Takeover Schedule


50thAnniversary Celebrations Around Town

So a lot of people have been wanting to know all the show times and schedule for Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Here's what Andrew has been able to collect together:

Grandview Theatre
Saturday the 23rd from ~11am-4pm
Episode at 2:45pm, pre-show to include An Unearthly Child, Dr. Who and the Daleks 60's movie, clips and videos, Costume Contest with prizes and more.
(Seating for 300).
Probable repeat at Midnight with additional content (Adventures in Time in Space? if time allows)

Gateway Theatre (Campus)
Saturday the 23rd from 1:30pm-on
The Episode, as well as raffle for Doctor Who prizes. Limited to 100 attendees.

Emerson Miller Library (Newark)
Saturday the 23rd from Noon-2pm
Doctor Who Party with snacks/crafts/scavenger hunt

AMC Lennox/Easton & Marcus Georgesville etc....
Monday the 25th 7:30pm
3-D screening of The Day of the Doctor, with exclusive 15min pre-show.

Not in the immediate Columbus area on the 25th? Then check out this site to find a 3-D screening in a theater near you!

Day of the Doctor 3-D Screenings


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Save the Day: 50 Years of Doctor Who Extravaganza at the Grandview Theatre!

Coming soon to Grandview: 50 Years of Doctor Who Extravaganza!!

Join us next Saturday, November 23rd, for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who celebration!!

Where to start? There is so much going on!!!

The event will start at 11 am, with the 50th anniversary episode starting at 2:50 pm and running until just after 4 pm. Our pre-show currently includes:
The Wayward Saints acting troupe performing a Doctor Who related skit.
A showing of the very first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child, starting at 12:16 and 20 seconds (Kudos to those of you who know why! :-D )
Doctor Who Quiz questions for prizes.
A full costume contest for prizes. (Wear your best Doctor Who costume!!)
A silent auction for the Harlequin costume worn by Peter Davison in Black Orchid.
Several music videos, clips, news bits, trailers, and other funny clips in between the other entertainment.
The Doctor Who prequel episode Night of the Doctor.
Any official pre-broadcast specials from BBC America.

Attending the event in the hallway with also be several local vendors and conventions, including Marcon and Big Fun with more to follow.

The concession stand will be fully stocked and now includes: Jelly Babies and Jammie Dodgers, and will soon include Jelly Baby Wine, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, and more!

The whole place will be decorated! We are looking for volunteers to help with that for next Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Please contact Andrew if you are interested, or just simply show up! :)

We are looking at a repeat broadcast of the Episode, as well as possibly the special: An Adventure in Space and Time.

Please keep watching this space (and our Facebook page!) for updates and further details!

Can't wait until next week? Then check out the Day of the Doctor Children in Need special!

Also don't forget the second half of the 25th anniversary special, The Five Doctors, will be showing tonight at the Grandview Theatre, starting at 9 pm!

As always, the events are FREE (and child-friendly!), so please be sure to support the concession stand!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Night of the Doctor (prequel)

The BBC has released a mini-episode prequel to the The Day of the Doctor!

Click on the link below, but be warned-spoilers ahead! :-D

The Night of the Doctor

#9Days #SaveTheDay

The Five Doctors at Grandview!

Hello everyone!

The 50th is only 9 days away!!! The countdown to the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who continues at the Grandview Theatre this Saturday! 

The lovely folks at Grandview will be screening the second half of the 25th Anniversary special, The Five Doctors, starting at 9pm!

As always, the event is free, so grab the family and join us for the fun!

Over the next few days I will be posting more about the 50th Anniversary celebrations at Grandview and around the greater Columbus area-so stay tuned!!

#9Days #SaveTheDay

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Doctor Who Columbus Meetup-Tuesday, Nov. 5th!

Hi Everyone!

Yes, there has been a change in the date!  If you haven't already heard, our monthly meetup is tonight, rather than Thursday.

Usual time and place (7-9pm at the Kingsdale District Market).  Andrew will be there and he is wondering if anyone else would like to get together to help finalize plans for the Doctor Who 50th at the Grandview Theater. :)  

Come join us for fun conversation about our favorite Timelord!