Oh. My. Gosh......last night we saw The Day of the Doctor in 3D with over 2000 other Whovians in just our cinema (ok, we were spread across 4 screens) and that was just one of around 400 cinemas in the USA. Our cinema in Mesa started selling tickets for one screen of about 500 people. It sold out on the first day. They added another screen, it sold out. Eventually they had 4 screens showing it at the same time.....and a further screen at 10pm. All of them sold out!
(terrible camera phone pics, going to do proper photoshoot at weekend)
Four years ago when I came to the USA, Doctor Who was something grown-up geeks had heard of or watched some of the classic episodes on PBS or on VHS tapes. But that was about it. Now you can buy Doctor Who mercandise in major bookshops, not just comic stores and when Melchett brings kids round to play, quite a few of them get excited by the TARDIS is my sewing room. Kids are even playing Doctor Who in the playgrounds together.
As it's been the anniversary week, we've been wearing our Doctor Who t-shirts quite a bit....on the way into a supermarket the other day, Melchett got a huge grin from a bloke as he shouted "bow ties are cool" (she was wearing a "Fish Fingers and Custard Please" t-shirt). If you're in the UK, you might wonder why this was special, but Doctor Who though growing incredibly in the American consciousness is still just hovering on the edge of cult.......it's not mainstream like in the UK. But it'll get there by the 60th anniversary ;)
But tonight was AWESOME (stop reading now if you haven't seen The Day of the Doctor, I am going to spoiler......
.......have they gone? OK).
When a certain pair of eyebrows appeared.....in 3D........you know, after someone said, 13 Doctors......it got whoops of joy and applause.
When the curator (which of course the Doctor was appointed to be by Elizabeth I's letter) appeared there was the most reverential silence I've ever heard in a cinema. Not a silence because perhaps people didn't know who Tom Baker is, but any noise or chatter or eating of popcorn, it all stopped and when he finished with "Who knows", he was applauded and cheered.....as was the final line-up of the 12.
Other moments that got applause - "reverse the polarity......confusing the polarity" (I bit my tongue not to say "of the neutron flow' as I was dressed as the 3rd Doctor); when the Zygon Osgood gave the human Osgood back her inhaler; the comparing of sonic screwdrivers in the forest glade; and luckily, the bit about not having time travel available in case the Americans got hold of it and rewrote history, had we seen their movies.....that got a big laugh......I wonder if they actually know which 2 in particular the Brits were laughing about......I shan't go there.
But let alone seeing The Day of the Doctor in 3D.......which I have to say, was AMAZING! I thoroughly enjoyed all the pointing, the Elizabethan pikes, the Dalek's eyestalk wanting me to disappear behind my seat, the TARDIS flying across London and too many other things to mention....
Let alone all of this, we got to see a lovely Behind the Scenes extra sort of Confidential episode (which I think is available on iplayer in the UK but not in the USA) AND before the movie Commander Strax ran us through a hilarious do's and dont's for watching the movie, including that he approves of us humans blowing up the kernals of corn and eating their remains, especially as 'popcorn' screams when we eat it.....he then showed it squealing as he bit into it. There was also a lovely intro to the movie and instruction to put on our 3D glasses by the 10th and 11th Doctors.....including a warning that we might need to duck or lean back when the 11th's chin appeared during the episode.
Oh it was so much fun.
I'll shut up now......much sewing to be done before Sunday.
By the way.....I know I've seen some people saying they would have loved to joined in with the Doctor Who sew along (official end date 30th November) but didn't have the time, and others, myself included, seeing so much wonderful inspiration that there's more things we'd like to have made than time allowed.............well, I'll keep the end of this sew along to 30th November, so please send me your pics and details to be included in a big round-up next week...........BUT, I'm going to keep the Flickr Doctor Who Sew Along group open FOREVER, and if you feel inspired to make something Doctor Who-ey in the future, please feel free to post it there and I'll have round-up posts every so often throughout the year to publicise your fabulous creations (I know I want to make myself a K-9 'poodle' circle skirt, and a few of the Clara dresses in the future).
More details of this in the round-up post next week.
Also, details of the next big sew along I'll be hosting, a Superhero Sew Along in April 2014.....inbetween the releases of Spider Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
For everything you need to know about the current Doctor Who Sew Along, click here.
Ooh, nearly forgot, here's your Daily Bit of Who, only 28 days to go....