On Saturday, we walked through Hyde Park to go see the Doctor Who Proms.
We’d watched it on television, when it aired a couple of years ago, so we knew what to expect. This was the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, so we anticipated them to pull out all the stops. They had a few special guests, which was lovely, but over all they kept to the same program. (Yes, I was hoping for possible Who spoilers and maybe a few more special guests **cough*Tennant*cough**.)
That said, it was a great show, especially the music. I took several pictures. Most of which came out blurry. (Note to self: Set camera to ‘sport mode’ when trying to catch moving figures.) When we first walked in, this is what we saw:
And yes, I wanted to run over there and look inside the Tardis, but I restrained myself. LOL!
The show opened with a soloist singing, then the orchestra joined in. Once the first song ended, there was a short skit, and then the Doctor and Clara came out.
The Doctor proceeded to ‘direct’ the Welsh orchestra:
He called it his ‘house band’. *ggg
Once the Doctor and Clara left, Madam Vastra and Strax came out. They were quite funny, especially Strax, which is really no surprise. He was great.
They introduced the little girl, Kerry Ingram, who sang in the first episode of Doctor Who where Clara officially starts traveling with him as a companion. She was terrific. Of course, that’s no surprise since she starred in Matilda.
There were several other special guests, including the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, whose real life daughter is married to the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant.
And Carole Ann Ford, who played Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s granddaughter in the very first Doctor Who series.
They did a montage of the companions, which always brings a lump to my throat because you watch so many people say goodbye. Then they brought out all the Doctor’s enemies. It was fun seeing the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Ice Warrior, Silurian Warriors, and the Venice Vampires. (I didn’t get a clear picture of the vampires because everyone knows it’s hard to catch vampires on film. 😉
I have to admit that when they brought out the Silence, the Whispermen, and the Weeping Angels, I got a little creeped out and so did a lot of the audience members. They are truly scary in person. (And no, I didn’t BLINK.)
As you can see from the photos, it was a heck of a show. The evening performance was a lot more fun than the morning show. I’d expected it to be just the opposite, since so many kids come to the morning show. The adults dressed up for the evening show. There were a lot of ‘Doctors’ in the audience, along with Daleks and various characters. I don’t think the kids knew quite what to make of it. They enjoyed it, but they weren’t sure how to react. Both were fun, but if you’re an adult, I’d go with the evening performance if possible.
I did have a squee moment when we left Albert Hall. There was a cab waiting with a sign in the window that said, reserved for Steven Moffat. You have no idea how hard it was to walk away and not wait to meet him. I so wanted to meet him, but Dh talked me into leaving. He said it’s better to meet someone as a peer than to meet them as a fan. Very true, but it didn’t make the decision to leave any easier.
Dh found something to cheer me up this morning. While he was out wandering the streets of London, he dropped into the bookstore/cultural megastore, Forbidden Planet. While he was perusing the aisles, this is what he found:
Yep, that’s RED, SCARLET, and CRIMSON! I was very excited to see the whole series. We’re going back tomorrow, so I can see them for myself…and buy Doctor Who t-shirts. *ggg
I can’t believe we only have two days left in London. 🙁 The time has flown by.