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So, we meet again, Doctor......

31 Dec 2020 12:30AM   Views : 725 Unique : 506

The year is 1983. The dates are 3rd and 4th April. This finds us at Longleat House for the first major Doctor Who Celebration, a bittersweet mixture of fascinating and entertaining things coupled with huge frustration that the event just hadn't been planned big enough. The BBC expected a few hundred people to turn up, unfortunately 10,000 did, all hungry for a glimpse of old episodes, as this was the days before even the first VHS cassette release. Now everything seems to be available, which is brilliant, but our two days with a young son fighting the queues was quite an ordeal of stamina. Nonetheless, we had a great time and so as the next Doctor Who Special on TV approaches rapidly I thought we could look back at some images. These were shot on colour negative film and have suffered fading over the years. The black and white images are from the Blackpool Doctor Who Exhibition and they have fared somewhat better.

The black and white programme.
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The layout of the event.
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Sue and Mike at Longleat, before the onslaught.
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Opening ceremony.
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Queues were the order of the day.
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Kids love space ships!
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Davros does not seem talkative.
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An official Polaroid of us at the Tardis.
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Inside the Tardis, with Kamelion.
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Blue Dalek.
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Lookalikes!
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Mike trusts a Cyberman.
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Peter Davison mingles with the queues.
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Mike and Tardis.
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Mike and Sontaran.
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Shots from the Blackpool Doctor Who Exhibition.
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