DOCTOR Who fans in Leeds were today counting down to the moment when the sci-fi show’s 50th anniversary special materialises on the nation’s TV screens.
Devotees in the city will be among millions across the land tuning into an adventure called The Day of the Doctor on BBC One at 7.50pm this evening.
And nowhere is the programme more eagerly awaited than at TV and film theme bar Fab Cafe, on Woodhouse Lane in Leeds city centre.
It is staging a quiz and fancy dress competition around a screening of the episode, which features THREE incarnations of the country’s favourite Time Lord.
Fab Cafe assistant manager Mike Flaherty said: “It should be a great occasion – we’re all really excited about it. Hopefully we’ll have a lot of people coming along and getting into the spirit of things.”
Another man expecting a night of out-of-this-world TV action is Frazer Hines, who spent three years playing companion Jamie McCrimmon alongside Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor.
Frazer, who also clocked up more than 20 years on Leeds-based soap Emmerdale and its predecessor Emmerdale Farm, is attending a screening of the episode at the British Film Institute in London. He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s hard to believe that a children’s TV show that I did 40 years ago and which went out on a Saturday night after Grandstand is still such a huge deal. I’m looking forward to seeing the episode – I just wish I was in it!”
Tonight’s feature-length story is also being screened by a string of cinemas across Yorkshire, including the Everyman at Trinity Leeds and Vue at The Light.
And even after the final credits roll, there will still be plenty of Doctor Who-related excitement on the horizon.
Wakefield’s Westgate Studios is preparing an exhibition that boasts a full-sized TARDIS exterior. Curated by fan Bob Milner and opening on Wednesday, it will run until December 15. Viewing is by appointment only, visit www.artwalk.org.uk for more details.