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Better late than never - My Prom Adventure

Doctor Who rocks!

Well, of course Doctor Who rocks - what else is new. But even more so after visiting Prom 10 (you guessed rightly, the Doctor Who Prom!) on July, 24!
I know, I might be somewhat late for the party, but I was busy....doing....things! Important things! Distracting things! But tonight I was not, so

When I found out I was going to be in London for six weeks this summer, AND one of the weeks was to be the one with the Who-Prom taking place I just HAD to get a ticket.

Unfortunately, when I went online to buy one, all the tickets were sold out...for both Proms (Saturday evening as well as Sunday morning). Oh noes, what to do!? Exactly my thoughts.

Frequent checking (read:pressing the refresh button probably more often then strictly necessary; or simply: obsessing) of availability on Royal Albert Hall's website didn't yield any more promising results so I started digging for different possibilities on the internet. I even found a websites offering tickets for the Prom (probably resellers or something like that), but for horrendous prices. Still, they had me tempted, until reading up on customer-reviews disabused me of any notions of that kind.

But, fan-girl that I am, and still not ready to give up, I decided on a new strategy once I arrived at London and got myself a local SIM-card: I called the box office at the Royal Albert Hall (I am not one to do the obvious things, as can be clearly seen)! And behold, I was lucky! Apparently somebody gave back their tickets - who would do such a thing?! - and I seized the opportunity and dug my claws into one of them (my precioussss...)! It was even an exellent seat: Stalls, second row, very close to the stage!
(I might run out of exclamation marks before I am finished with this)

So I went there, happily, looking forward to an evening full of entertainment, and was not disappointed!

It was amazing listening to Murray Gold's score being performed live by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales … his music is just epic! And the Orchestra is brilliant! (I already enjoyed the DVD-extra of the 2008-Prom immensely, and it was even better in real life – sitting only a couple of arms lenghts away).

An extra, of course, was the event being hosted by Karen Gillan (who is my favourite NuWho companion right next to Catherine Tate) and Arthur Darvill (whom I find quite fancy-able where the new Doctor isn't). Although it appeared all very studied and hurried, their text read off a Teleprompter...but who's complaining! ;-)

Karen Gillan looking sexy in a very nice dress...
which you unfortunately can't fully appreciate in this first picture. I apologise.

Karen Gillan in a very nice dress...which you unfortunately can't see in this picture. I apologise.
And I give you:
Mrs and Mr Pond      
Mrs and Mr Pond

The Doctor, of course, had an appearance as well and was very Doctor-ish and cute indeed, picking a boy from the audience to help him stop the RAH from blowing up.
And Matt Smith was there, too!
Matt Smith, easily recognised by the fact he's making faces. Unfortunately he was also very bouncy, so all the pitures of him are slightly out of focus.
Matt Smith, easily recognised by the fact he's making faces.
Unfortunately he was also very bouncy, so all his pictures are slightly out of focus.

On a slightly related side-note: I really warmed to Matt Smith's Doctor surprisingly quick, which I would not have anticipated. I love his interpretation of the role and I hope he will stay for a couple of series before we have to get used to a new face again! But more on that probably later.

It was also fun to see some of the recent (and previous) series' monsters up close, like Cybermen, the Weeping Angels, Jadoon (platoon on the moon – sorry, couldn't resist) and the Teletubby-Daleks (did I mention it really felt as if they were looking at me when they pointed their eye-stalks in my general direction?! *shivers*)
I am your soldi...eeh...Dalek!
Meet the Ironsides: "I am your servant soldier!"

Also: I saw the TARDIS!! (although I preferred the old one, she is still quite beautiful! *grins*)
Isn't she just adorable? I seem to have developed a thing for blue, wooden boxes.

Isn't she just adorable?
I seem to inexplicably have developed a thing for blue, wooden boxes.

So all in all it was thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable evening – assuming of course a certain degree of geeky-ness – and I even bought a Dalek-shaped programme (orange) to show for it! ;-)

And one last: The whole TARDIS crew, to show you out
The whole TARDIS-Crew. Anybody else feeling all warm and fuzzy inside?
The whole TARDIS-Crew. This is actually a really nice one!
Anybody else feeling all warm and fuzzy inside?

Ah well....it seems, I do have some exclamation marks left in the end. I'll put them to good use in future entries.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
Squee! That was brilliant, thanks for sharing!
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
*squee* indeed! Glad I could help with that. ;)
Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Aug. 5th, 2010 07:51 am (UTC)
You must have been basically lloking straight at me all the time, because I was sitting in the choir to the left of the organ and stage. :D
I very much agree with you on Arthur Darvil, and would like to add that teh conductor is quite a hot beast, too.
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I might well have been (when I wasn't busy staring intently at the stage, that is)! Had I known you were going to be there, too, I would have looked harder. ;-)

I might have spared the conductor a few admiring glances - out of purely professional interest that is, of course!

Thanks for saying hi!

Very nice icon, by the way. It pretty much captures my sentiments about the whole Who-Prom!
Aug. 5th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
The Proms was great, I envy you for sitting so close! I had to stand in the cheap seats. And, by cheap seats, I mean at the very top where there are no seats and you have to climb up via the back 'we don't want you here, but give us a fiver and we'll see what we can do' stairs. And everyone looked like slightly large dots.

&heats; Totally worth it. Even if I had the oddest urge to buy several of the programs and collect all the different colored Daleks. Thanks for the snaps, too, 'cause my shots are...well, all zoom-y and blurred. T_T
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Poor you! Must have been quite a view of the Hall though, from up there....nothing for those faint of heart and prone to vertigo, I suspect! ;-)

Even if I had the oddest urge to buy several of the programs and collect all the different colored Daleks
I had to fight the exact same urge, glad I'm not alone suffering from attacks of extreme fangirlish-ness!

Glad I could be of service with the pics, should you be interested in more, I'd gladly browse through them trying to find some which appear remotely share-worthy.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note!
Aug. 5th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous! I had to make due with the radio broadcast.... until we ran out of bandwidth meaning that I have merely listened to about half of it :p It's nice to see pictures though!
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Aug. 9th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
We don't get any BBC channels in NZ. Maybe in the next life. It's alright really, I have plenty of fandom things to do, but it would be so amazing to actually go to the proms. I'm moving to Europe, no one can stop me!
Aug. 9th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Bugger. :-(
But I got a similar problem: I'm going back to Germany next Sunday (noooees!!), where - of course - I won't have BBC any longer. But well, I still got the real thing to remember, though.

And need to get back to the UK asap, anyway! :-D
Aug. 5th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh noes, sorry to hear that!
Then you probably missed out on "Vale decem" by Murray Gold, with vocalist Mark Chambers joining the BBC Orchestra. This was probably the most moving piece of the whole evening, at least for me - no wonder though, with it being Ten's farewell in "The End of Time"...

Hopefully you still get to enjoy the whole Prom, though, if/when the BBC decide to broadcast it on BBC 3 (time and date TBC yet).
Or else we will have to wait for the Prom to be released as a DVD / Blu-Ray special!

Glad you liked the pictures - as mentioned above, I'll gladly rummage for more, if interest arises.

Thanks for taking the time and comment!
Aug. 8th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
Ah Arthur, you sexy sexy man you ...

Thanks for the report and the pictures! Glad you enjoyed! (and nnnggghh so jealous! :))
Aug. 8th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Thanks, and you're very welcome!
Sexy man indeed...regrettably all the pictures I took of him are either blurred or don't do him justice. :-)

Still no eta for broadcast of the Prom on BBC3, sadly, but I hope you can catch up there!

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

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