Doctor Who 50th anniversary: fan round-up

Feature Louisa Mellor
30 Aug 2013 - 09:30

It’s time for our monthly look at how fans are unofficially celebrating Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary, from weddings to sing-alongs…

In our June and July round-ups of the creative ways in which fans are celebrating Doctor Who’s fiftieth birthday, we’ve featured stage shows, musicals, fan-made trailers, school magazines, quizzes, highly entertaining fan-written scripts, but never anything quite like this...

Anyone hear wedding bells?

Mass Doctor Who wedding

Remember the first UK Klingon wedding at last year's Star Trek convention? Frankly, it was difficult to forget. Now, Doctor Who fans can get in on the action this November.

If you’re a couple wanting to get married, renew your vows, or have your union blessed at “a luxurious venue in London, in November 2013” alongside 49 other Who-fan pairs, then this is your chance. Anyone interested in getting involved should email with the couple’s names, ages, mobile and land line numbers, and an answer to the following question: How much of a Doctor Who fan are you?

If any of you do it, please let us know how you get on. We’d love an opportunity to buy a new hat.


600 Doctor Who fans ‘sing’ the theme tune at Comic-Con

The 50th anniversary fan meet-up at this year’s SDCC included this little gem, in which the assembled fans were asked to accompany the Doctor Who theme tune with their own dulcet tones. What they lack in tunefulness, they make up for in costumes and gusto. Kudos to hungergamesnerd115, who commented underneath the BBC America video “Normal people: "You can't sing it; it's instrumental. Whovians: Damn-straight we can.” They're not wrong.


Doctor Who 50th anniversary conference

Scholars, writers and “figures who have worked on Doctor Who” are uniting at the University of Hertfordshire for a three-day academic conference between the 3rd and 5th of September entitled: Walking In Eternity. According to the official blurb, the conference will “address key themes such as: the role of women in Doctor Who; masculinity and sexuality; fandom and fantasy; love and narcissism; historical influences; television music; and the cross over to transmedia and the global brand”.

Keynote speakers include:

- James Chapman (author of Inside the TARDIS: The Worlds of Doctor Who)
- David Butler (editor of Time and Relative Dissertations in Space: Critical Perspectives on Doctor Who)
- Matt Hills (author of Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the 21st Century)
- David Lavery (editor of The Essential Cult Television Reader)
- Lorna Jowett (author of Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan)

Further information and a full schedule is available from Rebecca McAleese, University of Hertfordshire Press Office on 01707 286 476, Email:


Sophie Aldred exhibition

Launching with a party at London's Orbital Gallery on the 5th of September is 'Sophie's World', a Doctor Who anniversary tie-in exhibition by Doctor Who Magazine photographer Steven Cook featuring a selection of previously unseen and rare photographs of Who companion Sophie Aldred (the Seventh Doctor's Ace).

The exhibition is running between the 5th and 30th of September. Here's its official blurb:

"Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the show features original images and negatives that were unearthed by photographer Steve Cook after years of being presumed lost (not unlike the rumours of missing episodes being found).

The exhibition highlights Sophie’s versatility in a number of different scenarios and guises, and begins with a private viewing on September 5. It will then run until the end of the month, with Sophie and Steve in-store signing prints of the photographs on Saturday, September 7 between 12 and 3pm."


Fan-made Peter Capaldi opening credits

And finally, from talented 3d artist Xander David-Hugh (aka NeonVisual) comes this impressive unofficial version of the Doctor Who opening credits, featuring a certain Peter Capaldi. Nicely done, sir, nicely done.


That’s it for now, but if you’re planning your own Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations (and with September just days away, the countdown to November is drawing ever closer), or if there's something you've heard about that we've yet to feature, please let us know. Email with details and pictures. Until next month!

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