Essential events of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary


With the Doctor’s 50th anniversary kicking off in venues all around Manchester, there is a lot to take in. From celebratory events and special celebrity appearances, to fancy dress competitions and Doctor Who themed comedy nights, the two week takeover is set to be an exciting affair – so take a look at Pocket Manchester’s list of worthwhile events covering all things Time Lord.

The ‘Who at 50’ Festival
Sun 17th – Sat 23rd November

Fab Café – 109 Portland Street, M1 6DN
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Perfectly suited to the anniversary at hand, the TV/film themed bar Fab Café is hosting a number of events that are sure to appetise any fan of the Doctor.

An Audience With Waris Hussein
Sunday 17th November 2:30pm
Tickets £6 

“The acclaimed director comes to Fab to chat and reminisce about his time working on Doctor Who”.

An Unearthly Child
Sunday 17th – Saturday 23rd (Various Dates)
Tickets £7.50

The very first episode of Doctor Who, brought to life in the unique surroundings of Fab Cafe. A live reconstruction of the very first episode of Doctor Who, set within the unique surroundings of Face Café – its sure to be a special occasion.

The Edge of Destruction
Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th (Various Dates)
Tickets £7.50

“The TARDIS crew are trapped within the ship, and madness is spreading among them…”

Complimenting ‘An Unearthly Child’ is the live adaptation of another iconic episode taken from the deep history of the Doctor Who canon.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Fancy Dress
Saturday 23rd November

This one is self-explanatory! Don your finest temporal outfits and join other ‘Whovians’ in celebrating the anniversary with style. Bonus points to whoever manages to dress like Lady Cassandra O’Brien.Δ17! Discount entry for all who attend in Doctor Who fancy dress.

Lass o’ Gowrie36 Charles Street, M1 7DB
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The Art of Who
Saturday 16th November
Tickets £3.00
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A unique opportunity to meet some of the amazing talents who create the world record holding Doctor Who comic strip. With rare art, the chance to mingle with the comics creators, and the option of purchasing some awesome original art, The Art of Who cannot be missed by avid fans of the Doctor.

An Adventure in Time and Space
Thursday 21st November
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Live seminar with screenwriter/actor Mark Gatiss on the creation of the show on the big screen!

Wet Feet (Doctor Who Special)
Sunday 17th November (8.30pm)

Open mic stand-up comedy. Comedy from fringe favourites The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre and Manchester’s Wet Feet, with a suitable slant towards the broad humour and hilarities of the Doctor Who series.

The Days Hotel – Manchester Conference Centre, M1 3BB

Invasion Earth 2Sunday 17th November (11am – 5pm)
Family Admission: £25
(2 adults & 2 children under 12 yrs)
Adults: £15.00 (Under 12 years free)

A special Doctor Who / Star Wars cross over! Expect episode screenings, signings with Colin Baker and Barry Noble, as well as photo opportunities with some of the most iconic actors, characters, and costumes across these two brilliant series. Beware of the life size Dalek!

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