WATCH: Fans Express Their ‘Doctor Who’ Love at NYC Screening

Fans brought along some K-9 companionship. Photo: Susie Felber

Throngs of people coiled around a New York city block, all with one goal in mind — seats inside the Village East Cinema to view the U.S. premiere of Doctor Who‘s latest season opener on Monday night (April 11).

The most determined seat-seekers, numbering in the hundreds, had spent 12 hours or more queued up. Some turned up a full day before, camping out at night alongside 12th Street. Yes, Doctor Who can inspire you to give up the comforts of a mattress for a cold, hard sidewalk.

But if you talk to fans, none of this was seen as “roughing it.” Au contraire, this was the hot party ticket in Manhattan on a breezy Sunday night. There was camaraderie, there were costumes, there was music piped in via an iPhone plugged into a boom box. You even had the show’s cast dropping by in the morning to provide some sugary sustenance. This was fun, a carefree adventure worthy of the show itself.

For U.S. Whovians, it was their first opportunity to watch the opening episodes of the new season. The screening was followed by a Chris Hardwick-moderated Q&A with actors Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Alex Kingston, writer/executive producer Steven Moffat, executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis, and episode director Toby Haynes. Here’s an Inside Look at all of the day’s (and night’s) happenings.

 

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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