Doctor Who fans get ready for some big news! The Official Doctor Who Festival is hitting Sydney next month. 'Whovians' will get exclusive access to behind-the-scenes information and creative workshops. 

Fan favourite Billie Piper, who is best known as Rose Tyler, as well as Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy will be visiting Sydney for the convention!

Since 1963, the cult British sci-fi TV show Doctor Who has thrilled audiences with its intriguing time-travelling adventures. The Australian fan base - with fans of all ages who have discovered this classic series over the past 50 years or so - is huge and constantly growing.

This blockbuster franchise that has gone on to great international success, Doctor Who owes much of its modern popularity to the 2005 re-boot helmed by Russell T. Davies. The breakout series was later taken over by Sherlock and Tintin writer Steven Moffat. 

 

Over the past few years, the Doctor's distinctive scarf has been handed to successive generations of British screen actors, with acclaimed veteran performer Peter Capaldi taking over the role last year. With a die-hard fan base of affectionately named ’Whovians', it is just smart business with BBC Worldwide opting to take the show on the road.

Previous 'Whoventions' have been organised by the Doctor Who Club of Australia and other local fan clubs. Those often-impromptu events featured actors such as Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, but they only ever took place when the stars happened to be in town.

Meanwhile US conventions have been popular since the 1970s. The Gallifrey One and the ChicagoTARDIS conventions are perhaps two of the best-known American events. Persistent fans in England and all across Europe have also staged many Doctor Who conventions.

Celebrating more than 50 years of Dr Who
For the first time ever, the official Doctor Who Festival will offer fans of all ages the opportunity to learn more about their favourite program. With a roster chocked full of fascinating events, the festival will take guests behind the scenes and offer unique insights into the creative process behind the TV show.

Taking place at Sydney's Royal Hall of Industries and the Hordern Pavilion over two days (the 21st and 22nd of November, 2015) the event brings together some of the major driving forces behind 'the Doctor'.

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Guest stars include Peter Capaldi, Billie Piper and Sylvester McCoy

Guests can take part in thought-provoking Q&A's with cast members past and present including Peter Capaldi, Billie Piper and Sylvester McCoy. For those more interested in the behind-the-scenes world of Doctor Who, writers involved with the series will also be on hand to discuss the development of ideas, favourite storylines and general production observations.

The show's history will be explored through prop and costume exhibitions, and there's even an opportunity to see exactly how your favourite monsters are made – live make-up demonstrations and interactive 'monster workshops' will thrill the young and old alike. More activities will be revealed as the festival approaches, including limited photo and autograph opportunities and even more interactive workshops.

Attendees can choose between 'Cybermen' and 'Dalek' tickets, which refer to the times of the three theatre sessions included in the ticket. For committed fans of the series, the 'TARDIS Package' ensures priority seating in the festival hall, access to a special lounge area and a swag-bag of limited edition Doctor Who merchandise.

Reining Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi is excited at taking part in the Sydney event. “If having the world's favourite Time Lord back on screen every week isn't enough for you (and it's not for me) then The Doctor Who Festival is the place to be," Capaldi says. "I'll be heading there in November to join the fun and if it’s anything like the 50th anniversary event, then prepare yourself for total Time Lord mania."

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Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman at Parliament Square, London for the series' BBC promo
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Writer, Steven Moffat adds that the event would shed some light on some of the show's many mysteries. “I can’t believe we’re going to give away our secrets! This is the closest you could possibly get to finding out what happens on set and how this magical show is put together."

Tickets for the family-friendly convention are available now. For more information visit doctorwho.tv or ticketek.

Ready to visit Doctor Who's homeland?
Serious Doctor Who fans start saving now for a trip to Cardiff to visit the Doctor Who Experience at Cardiff Bay’s Port Geigr which is just a stone’s throw from the BBC studios where this sci fi masterpiece is filmed.

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