Doctor Who Festival comes to ExCeL

Peter Capaldi will be appearing next weekend (picture: BBC)

Peter Capaldi will be appearing next weekend (picture: BBC) - Credit: BBC

Grab your sonic screwdriver and set the Tardis to arrive at the ExCeL next weekend.

The Doctor Who Festival is heading to the Royal Docks for a three day extravaganza to celebrate the hit sci-fi show.

Fans are in for a treat as both Peter Capaldi, the current Time Lord and Jenna Coleman, who plays his companion Clara Oswald, will be making an appearance in a ‘meet the cast’ panel.

They will be joined by Michelle Gomez, who has a recurring role in the series as Missy, and Ingrid Oliver, who plays Osgood.

Thousands of fans are expected to dress up as their favourite doctors, companions and villains from the long-running series for the weekend.

They can find out what goes on behind the scenes, with areas of the ExCeL dedicated to showcasing costumes, sets and special effects.

Visitors can also take part in drama school sessions and try out some of the on-set jobs in the production village.

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It follows the successful Doctor Who 50th Celebration, which was held at the venue two years ago.

Peter Capaldi, who will also be posing for photographs with fans, said: “If having the world’s favourite Time Lord back on screen every week isn’t enough for you (and it’s not for me) then the Doctor Who Festival in London is the place to be.

“If it’s anything like the 50th anniversary event, then prepare yourself for total Time Lord mania.”

There will also be the chance to hear from the writers of all of the series nine episodes in a special writers’ panel.

Steven Moffat, who is the show’s executive producer and head writer, added: “I can’t believe we’re going to give away our secrets.

“This is the closest you could possibly get to finding out what happens on set and how this magical show is put together.”

The festival runs from Friday to Sunday, but tickets for Saturday have already sold out.

Tickets for the remaining two days can be purchased at, at £65 for adults and £30 for children.

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