The psychic link, the horse, the prattling about in just a nightgown, the “oooh” Scottish accent, the S.S. Marie Antoinette…hell, even the dark tone (Strax was about to commit suicide!)—Deep Breath certainly heralds a lot to the Tenth Doctor/RTD days. Can’t wait to see more!
Was absolutely brilliant. For a redo after my failed attempts in 2010 and 2012, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I’m going to keep this nice and succinct, since I’m just about ready to pass out; I waited in line for 7.5 hours, and I’m quite pooped.
Don’t worry, no spoilers for the episode here.
After seeing photos of people outside the Ziegfeld this morning, I ran straight to the city. After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I arrived at ~12:30 PM. There were already a good ~50 people in front of me, but it wasn’t all bad. Managed to engage in some nice small talk with the peeps around; they were all pretty nice people. Many cosplayers, of course. Some were actually really good; unfortunately, I was sorta locked in place limiting my movements.
Some props came with being early. For one thing, we got free donuts, courtesy of the staff. The staff was pretty damn awesome.
Over the course of the day, we also got free pins and a free laminated pass thingy after verifying our tickets. Also got to take a pic with an adipose. Thanks, staff :D
Later in the afternoon, there was a Cyberman up by the carpet. There was this one instance where the Cyberman pointed at a taxi driver and it drove away in apparent fear. The Cyberman then marched down the street in pursuit. Humorous moment.
The cons to being near the front is that it was by the pedestrian sidewalk; most of the cool things, such as the cameras, the Cyberman, and the arrival of Capaldi/Coleman/Moffat, favored the street side. To be fair, those on the street side (tail end of the ticketed line and the overflow line) deserved the extra service, so I can’t complain.
As previously mentioned, it was hard to make out the arrival of the guest of honor (although I was able to make out Capaldi’s grey curls and shades). The venue opened up slightly late, at 7:35 rather than 7 PM sharp. Besides those points, the theatre was magnificent. Large screen, quite accommodating, and our little group was able to catch seats up left, third from the front.
The actual episode, Deep Breath…friggin’ took my breath away. It was like being punched hard in the gut. I’m being intentionally vague here; whether I mean that in a positive or negative way is up in the air. There’s so much I want to elaborate on, but I’ll be patient and wait it out.
The Q&A afterwards was also pretty fun. A quick rundown of highlights from the top of my head:
Also purchased a T-shirt and the Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver. Yes, Twelfth Doctor’s Screwdriver. I wonder if commenting on it is spoilers…eh. I’ll wait that out.
So, TL;DR—THIS WAS FUN! For posterity, here’s one final pic of a Capaldi facepalm.
Only took 11 minutes for those Doctor Who tickets to sell out.
Well, five of those minutes were consumed just searching for the link I suppose. Certainly took me that long lol
Four years ago, when Matt Smith visited NYC to do a preview screening for Season 5, I was stopped literally inches away from the door. Then the site for tickets crashed when they returned in 2012. I FINALLY GET A REDO
I think the biggest difference compared to the last two attempts was Twitter. Checking BBCA’s page proved to be a blessing, since the link wasn’t posted anywhere else. I wasn’t on Twitter in 2010…and I think I was out in the city in 2012. I actually think I ran to the theatre to get tickets that day, but alas that story’s history.