Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Doctor Who coming to Belfast on Monday March 29

Image of 11th Doctor Who and companion Amy Pond - (c) BBC 2010

Local blogger Destroy All Onions pointed out to me yesterday that Doctor Who is coming to town.

As part of the publicity and excitement being generated around the new series, the TARDIS (well, a bus bearing the Doctor Who logo and carrying the new Doctor and his companion) will be materialising in Belfast on Monday 29 March.

BBC Outreach is organising the tour of five UK venues and has the remit of taking the BBC into communities and sections of society that are relatively underserved by the BBC. The Doctor Who bus will be touring through Belfast, Inverness (home town of Karen Gillan who plays the new assistant Amy Pond), Sunderland, Salford and Northampton (Matt Smith’s home town).

There will be a regional première of the first episode at each venue, along with a chance to see the Doctor Who trailer in 3D. Children (small and big perhaps) can meet Matt and Karen - the Doctor and Amy - as well as some of the Doctor Who monsters, and “get their photo taken tumbling through the giant vortex”.

Update - quick review of the preview and my impressions of the first episode.

14 comments:

Sharon said...

Yes! We're all huge fans of the Doctor here and would love to see this. I haven't been able to see how it works, do you just turn up or do you think you'd need tickets?
Thanks for noting this anyway so I can investigate.

Also, I don't suppose you'll be going to Galway for the awards do?

Alan in Belfast said...

I haven't seen any other details of when or where or how it'll be organised.

Galway - no. Not heading down. Will hold out for them keeping their promise to come to Belfast! Maybe bump into you at Bar Camp?

Anonymous said...

Is there no news on where in Belfast they are going to be on the 29th? Cause Ive heard so much news about it and yet nobody seems to be interested on where they are actually going to be.

Alan in Belfast said...

Some more news on the CBBC news website ...

Sadly you can't apply for tickets. But lucky school kids will be chosen by the BBC, according to where they live.

Brendan Crilly said...

what i wana know is what time it starts in belfast

Lorenzo said...

anyone know which school it is?

Alan in Belfast said...

Lorenzo - I understand that a variety of schools will have been approached by now, but no idea which ones!

Anonymous said...

So, will it only be the selected school kids that'll be able to meet him?

Alan in Belfast said...

Anonymous - that's my understanding. It's not a public free-for-all.

Anonymous said...

any chance of seeing the tour bus?

Anonymous said...

That's a bit unfair considering a lot of school kids are off on Easter holidays at the minute. My son is a real Dr Who fan and is very disappointed about this. It would have been perhaps better to go to the likes of W5 in Belfast where all kids would get the opportunity to see all on view?

kelly said...

been trying for ages now to get info, my mum knows lots from belfast council and they dont know anything yet, so much for more details closer to the time as its tomorrow, my kids just want me to take them to belfast anyway, but i gotta feeling we will end up just waiting for nothing, so disappointing, they should not get kids excited about even seeing the bus if they maybe cant,also like the last post my kids are off school so they had no chance of the screening either :(

Anonymous said...

Is there no news on where in Belfast they are going to be on the 29th? Cause Ive heard so much news about it and yet nobody seems to be interested on where they are actually going to be.

Alan in Belfast said...

Anonymous - think you missed the boat by five weeks or so!