I guess when I said to arrive early, people took it to heart. Quite literally since last night, fans have been lining up outside the Village East Cinema in New York for this evening’s premiere screening of Doctor Who‘s two-part season opener. And when I say, “Last night,” I mean since Sunday, April 10. Thank goodness for moderate overnight temperatures in the city.
The Waiting for the Doctor blog has been doing a fine job of document the day’s (and previous night’s) events, including a surprise appearance from the Doctor Who cast to provide fans with donuts and pose for photos. The New York Times has also been covering the story, chatting with Steve Albistur, the manager of the cinema, who said that crowds were “much bigger than anticipated.” Village East has opened up a third theater for the massive crowds, and some people still may not get in. Albistur says the turnout for this kind of event was unprecedented.
Also, keep an eye on the Anglophenia Twitter account: I’ll be live-tweeting the screening and the following Q&A with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, and Steven Moffat. Catch you soon.
By the way, just this afternoon, we had our own company screening of the premiere, and Moffat, the entire cast, and exec producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis did an introduction. Here are some snaps: