Yami, Chaos and I went to the one night only showing in theatre last night to see the 50th Anniversary showing for Doctor Who. And, okay, maybe it’s not hard-core steampunk but… one of the major plot devices (and I mean an actual doohicky, not a literary convention) was tricked out all kinds of steampunk. And a lot of the various Doctors wore sorta steam-punk-esque clothes. And… hey shut up. It’s my blog and I’ll post if I want to!
So, normally, I start out with a ‘what did we think’ before showing some pics and giving some details. Of course, pictures won’t exactly work in this case, what with the whole ‘illegal’ and ‘Kae would not enjoy prison time/fines’ deal but even the first part is hard to do in this case. See, while I can honestly and completely say the movie itself was everything you could want in a Doctor Who super-episode/movie, summing up the entire experience is… murky. The plot was solid, the characters were- well, hellsfire. We had Ten and Eleven. In the same scene. A lot. Talking to each other and by talking I mean making fun of each other. So the movie was great, in and of itself. Well, most of it. I can’t be sure how good about three or four minutes in the middle of the bloody climax of the movie was… which leads us to…
As for the ‘total experience?’ First off- the Doctor Who fandom is full of some of the most awesome people you will ever meet. See, the theatre we went to had some technical issues come up during our viewing. After almost twenty minutes of seeing the same six minutes or so of ads, the screen goes black. Cool- it’s 7:50 for our 7:30 showing, it must be getting ready to start, right? No. Not so much start as not anything. Just black screen. In any other fandom, there would have been cursing and near riots. Instead, there were witty remarks, great ‘bad’ jokes and much whirling and humming as people tried to sonic the movie back to working right. Dam projector must have been made of wood or something… or dead-locked. So a guy finally comes out around 8 or so to tell us they’re almost ready to start, they were just having some issues.
And it starts and things were good. Right up until that climax I mentioned, when the sound cuts out for about ten seconds. The entire theatre, in unison, gasps and then cursed. Ten seconds later, we all start to sigh with relief as we hear something start to- wait, what? Why is- why is the Doctor advertising for freaking Adventure Time? The hell? Yeah, for a few good minutes the audio got replaced with the same ads we watched for over twenty minutes before the movie.
Still, they gave everyone a free ticket for later without even having to be asked, so points to them for making it right. The three of us already have plans to buy the 5oth to watch at home later- it’s entirely worth re-watching, I assure you. Still, I’m glad we did go, technical issues aside, it was a great experience thanks to the super fans that came out to the movie. Hope you managed to catch it yourselves- and if you haven’t… well, wait are you waiting for? Grab your fez and get started watching! Or a duster. Both are cool.
This guy. This guy is cool.