Doctor Who Festival-Day two

Today was the second day of The Doctor Who festival, at the Excel Centre in London. Below are a selection of images. Click to enlarge.

The adventure concludes tomorrow.

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Thanks to BBC Worldwide for the images.

Doctor Who Series 9: Part 1 is available to buy on DVD and digitally at bbcstore.com

Doctor Who Festival-Day One

The Doctor Who Festival launched with a bang today, at the Excel Centre in London. Below are a selevtion of images from day one.

The event continues over the weekend with Jenna Coleman joining her Tardis buddies for Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is completely  sold out but, there are some tickets remaining  for Sunday, which is when I will be attending.

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Eddie Izzard announces Force Majeure:Reloaded

Eddie Izzard returns to the West End, arriving at London’s Palace Theatre for an exclusive four-week residency from January 18th 2016.

Izzard is to spruce previous show Force Majeure, presenting a new “reloaded” version to the stage.

Izzard is well known for his rambling style of comedy, often bringing a whimsical stream of consciousness to the stage, much to the audiences’ bemusement. True to form, Force Majeure Reloaded promises to deliver the audience with laughs a plenty.

For the past three years Izzard has been touring the globe, presenting his stand-up comedy show to audiences in four different languages. By the time Force Majeure Reloaded reaches the Palace Theatre, it will have been seen by audiences in Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Canada, the United States and regional parts of the UK.

Force Majeure Reloaded will run for a limited season from January 18th to February 20th at the Palace Theatre London. 

Episode 147:RJ Mitte MCM roundtable

Martyn and Gerrod joined the RJ Mitte roundtable at the MCM Expo this weekend.

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New names added to the Doctor Who festival

BBC Worldwide have announced some new names for the official Doctor Who Festival, which takes place this November in Excel. 

Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, Night Terrors), Sarah Dollard (Primeval, Doctor Who Series 9, Episode 10), Toby Whithouse (Being Human, Doctor Who-School reunion), Catherine Tregenna (Torchwood, Doctor Who-The Woman Who Lived), Jamie Mathieson (Flatline, Mummy on the Orient Express) and Peter Harness (Kill The Moon, Invasion of the Zygons).
Will join the previously announced Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) and current showrunner  Steven Moffat. (Still no mention of Jenna Coleman). 

BBC Worldwide have come under a lot of fire about the cost of the event, but honestly I think they’re making it worth your money. 

Along with the guests and photo opportunities, there will be theatre panels with the show’s stars. 
You’ll get to attend panels with all the series 9 writers, plus watch shows by real SFX and Millennium FX, and exclusive looks at three sets from Series 9. 

Big Finish will also have a large presence there,  you’ll get the chance to take part in Acting sessions run by Nick Briggs. You’ll also get the chance to see what it’s like to work behind the scenes in production village. 

This sounds like it’s shaping up to be a great event for any Doctor Who fan.


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Fright Night’s return to Thorpe Park

Roll up! Roll Up!

FRIGHT NIGHTS returns to claim its prized title as the nation’s premiere Halloween event and reveals a brand new horror maze experience THE BIG TOP – a carnival brimming with sordid characters including adult babies, clowns, mime artists and a jack-in-the-box. 

NEW for 2015, Guests are invited to join the show as they twist their way through the brand new scare maze set in an abandoned carnival on the island’s Amity Beach.

 
Prepare for screams at the carnival, experiences include a Fortune Tellers Wagon, a mirror maze brimming with chuckling clowns and mime artists, a creepy fun house, a torture chamber, game stalls with a twist, a circus scare room and the clown’s dressing room.

 

The Carnival owners, the Figaro Bros, will greet you along your journey. Guests quickly discover this is no longer a place of laughter. Will they make it through the final encore of the Carnival show?

 A second scare experience is due to join the line-up, it will be based on the nation’s top fears and guests will have to escape under timed conditions.

 

In gruesome collaboration with global horror producer, Lionsgate UK, FRIGHT NIGHTS also brings award winning scare actor-led horror attractions based on cult classic The Blair Witch Project; the dark My Bloody Valentine, the twisted The Cabin in the Woods and the menacing SAW, already the inspiration for the world’s most terrifying rollercoaster at the Park.

 PLUS face thrilling rides in the dark including THE SWARM, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster, Stealth, one of Europe’s fastest and tallest rollercoasters, Colossus, a ten loop rollercoaster and Nemesis Inferno, a feet-free, legs-dangling coaster experience, as well as SAW – The Ride, all in the dead of night and all included in the Park entry price.

• Fright Nights Dates: 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24 October – 1 November

• Park opening times: 10am – 10pm, Fright Nights attractions open at 4pm

• Prices: Adult ticket priced from £25.99 for early bird bookings until 20th September

• Overnight Experience packages start from £249.00 for two and includes two day Park tickets, complimentary parking and hot buffet breakfast, Free entry after park closing to the brand new mystery attraction – PLUS priority ride access for the first hour of park opening

• For more information and to book visit THORPEPARK.com – Pre-book strongly advised

• Nearest station: Staines (30mins from Waterloo)

• THORPE PARK, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN

• NB: THORPE PARK Fright Nights may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13. Experiences are subject to availability

Tiny Ant-Man tickets hidden around the UK.

I absolutely love this, From tomorrow one hundred ant-sized IMAX tickets will be hidden around three UK cities – London, Manchester and Birmingham – to celebrate the IMAX® 3D release of ANT-MAN in UK cinemas this Friday.

  
The tiny tickets, each measuring just 5 x 10mm, can be exchanged for tickets to the most epic cinematic experience of ANT-MAN at IMAX cinemas across London, Manchester and Birmingham. 
Clues to the locations of the tickets will be posted on IMAX’s Twitter page, beginning today.

Those who are successful in their hunt will be encouraged to tweet a selfie with their tiny ticket to @IMAX using the hashtag #IMAXAntMan.

The tickets will be left at various spots around the cities, each accompanied by a magnifying glass to aid the search.

Doctor Who festival coming to Excel

BBC Worldwide announced today that they will be holding an Official Doctor Who Festival, at Excel on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th November. The festival will feature appearances from those involved in the production.  
Tickets go on sale from 10am on June 5th. 

Interestingly, Jenna Coleman doesn’t appear on the list. 

TICKET PRICES

• Standard ticket: £65

• Standard child ticket: £30

• Standard family ticket: £165

• TARDIS ticket: £110

• TARDIS child ticket: £50

• TARDIS family ticket: £285

Find out more information here

122,634 people attended MCM

This weekend saw record crowds flock to MCM London Comic Con, with 122,634 visitors passing through the doors of Britain’s biggest modern pop culture show. After eclipsing 110k back in October 2014, the event has made a further leap — comfortably breaking the 120k barrier. 

Running over a full three days for the first time, the Excel London event featured everything from movies, videogames and comic books to anime, manga and cosplay – not to mention an amazing line-up of special guests from the world of film and TV.

 

“We’d like to thank everyone who attended for making this MCM London Comic Con our best ever,” said show co-organiser Bryan Cooney. “We hope that you’ll all be able to come back in October for a second — possibly even bigger — instalment in 2015. Tell your friends!”

 

Among the stars meeting fans at the latest London Comic Con were geek goddess Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural); Gillian Anderson, taking part in a panel for indie sci-fi film Robot Overlords; Iain de Caestecker and Nick Blood from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; John Noble (Lord Of The Rings, Fringe, Sleepy Hollow) and Doctor Who’s Sylvester McCoy.

 

Show goers also got to attend Q&A panels featuring Raffey Cassidy from Disney sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, new BBC series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, ITV drama Jekyll and Hyde, brand new Brit superhero flick SuperBob and YouTube favourites The Yogscast.

 

Joining them were stars from such shows as hit CW superhero drama Arrow, NCIS, The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time, Orphan Black, Falling Skies, Storage Hunters and Scorpion, plus top voice actors including Hynden Walch, Mark Meer and Gideon Emery and our Anime Guest of Honour, mecha illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin.

 You can see much more from the show by following the MCM Buzz Stage episodes.

 The next MCM London Comic Con is October 23 – 25. Keep an eye on mcmcomiccon.com for more details.

Listen to our interview with Felicia Day