7 Aug - Dr Who "Premiere" / Launch

So merely half an hour after photographing the lovely Marion Cotillard across the other side of the Thames, I found myself in a circular stairwell off a disregarded access-road leading to an almost hidden side-entrance of BFI Southbank, and why? Well, firstly because I didn't want to go home. Only loneliness and pain lay there. But secondly because despite not being a Dr Who fan, I had no reservation in photographing the two main stars walking from their cars to the door, stopping to sign for fans who'd located the hidden BFI entrance. I don't need to watch a show to go to an event... don't you remember I went to the Inbetweeners 2 premiere just two days earlier?

Here's how it went down.

And I bet when I said 'hidden' and 'disregarded' and 'side-entrance' you thought that it was some kind of metaphor....

And I bet when I said 'hidden' and 'disregarded' and 'side-entrance' you thought that it was some kind of metaphor....

"No Alex Zane? No carpet? No giant TV screen? What kind of premiere is this??" It's hard to say. The definition of 'premiere' and 'event' can be a fluid one sometimes.

"No Alex Zane? No carpet? No giant TV screen? What kind of premiere is this??" It's hard to say. The definition of 'premiere' and 'event' can be a fluid one sometimes.

"Me? A Doctor Who fan? I dress like this to go bowling. And you should see what I wear to go grocery shopping"

"Me? A Doctor Who fan? I dress like this to go bowling. And you should see what I wear to go grocery shopping"

"Me? A Doctor? Don't ask me to perform an emergency tracheotomy or anything, but yes." Peter Capaldi is (checks) the twelfth incarnation of The Doctor, wikipedia informs me.

"Me? A Doctor? Don't ask me to perform an emergency tracheotomy or anything, but yes." Peter Capaldi is (checks) the twelfth incarnation of The Doctor, wikipedia informs me.

A swarm of autograph dealers, fans and perhaps even the odd afficionado of neat barricade kettling waits patiently as Peter Capaldi signs.

A swarm of autograph dealers, fans and perhaps even the odd afficionado of neat barricade kettling waits patiently as Peter Capaldi signs.

Peter Capaldi, in case you don't know (and I certainly didn't) is not merely an accomplished actor, he's won an OSCAR for Best Short film. It was in 1995, but I don't think that's ever an easy category to win an Academy Award in. (I've got my eye on one of those Best Costume Design ones if I can ever get around to writing a script. Or, you know.. learning how to sew)

Peter Capaldi, in case you don't know (and I certainly didn't) is not merely an accomplished actor, he's won an OSCAR for Best Short film. It was in 1995, but I don't think that's ever an easy category to win an Academy Award in. (I've got my eye on one of those Best Costume Design ones if I can ever get around to writing a script. Or, you know.. learning how to sew)

But wait. What light through yonder car door emerges? It is the East, and Jenna Coleman brings a bodyguard in a polo shirt.

But wait. What light through yonder car door emerges? It is the East, and Jenna Coleman brings a bodyguard in a polo shirt.

"Peter didn't sign for you ? Well, I stole his wallet earlier and I can forge his signature like nobody's business....". Damnit...  I already know that this comment is dated. In Australia, you can no longer sign a credit card receipt. You need a pin. Stealing wallets is still wrong, though, people.

"Peter didn't sign for you ? Well, I stole his wallet earlier and I can forge his signature like nobody's business....". Damnit...  I already know that this comment is dated. In Australia, you can no longer sign a credit card receipt. You need a pin. Stealing wallets is still wrong, though, people.

"Yes, yes, I was a doctor for the W.H.O. in Brad Pitt's World War Z. But I think we can all agree I've moved on from there. Good movie though". And just for a bit of variety, I've flipped the orientation on this photo 180 degrees. All those right-to-left images were giving me a neck-ache.

"Yes, yes, I was a doctor for the W.H.O. in Brad Pitt's World War Z. But I think we can all agree I've moved on from there. Good movie though". And just for a bit of variety, I've flipped the orientation on this photo 180 degrees. All those right-to-left images were giving me a neck-ache.

Jenna Coleman had a small role in Captain America, was in the TV Mini-Series Titanic (and conveniently showed up at the premiere of the 3D rerelease of James Cameron's Titanic) and back in the day was in 170 episodes of "Emmerdale", which I'm given to understand is a TV Soap in the UK, and not some kind of cheese.As for her bodyguard? I like to think he's defended Democracy several times over, but retired from such mundane duties to do something really important.

Jenna Coleman had a small role in Captain America, was in the TV Mini-Series Titanic (and conveniently showed up at the premiere of the 3D rerelease of James Cameron's Titanic) and back in the day was in 170 episodes of "Emmerdale", which I'm given to understand is a TV Soap in the UK, and not some kind of cheese.As for her bodyguard? I like to think he's defended Democracy several times over, but retired from such mundane duties to do something really important.

Jenna Coleman keeps signing, and her bodyguard keeps guarding her..... body.

Jenna Coleman keeps signing, and her bodyguard keeps guarding her..... body.

Here be signing.

Here be signing.

"Daleks? Terrible signers. Have arms like T-Rexes. Plus they're unspeakably rude". As a non-Whovian, I've got this joke and something about a Sonic Screwdriver I'm working on.

"Daleks? Terrible signers. Have arms like T-Rexes. Plus they're unspeakably rude". As a non-Whovian, I've got this joke and something about a Sonic Screwdriver I'm working on.

A photographer takes a photo of a woman taking a photograph of herself with Peter Capaldi. And I am taking a photograph. It's so meta, I kind of want to take a photograph of this photograph and upload it.

A photographer takes a photo of a woman taking a photograph of herself with Peter Capaldi. And I am taking a photograph. It's so meta, I kind of want to take a photograph of this photograph and upload it.

"Something something..... Sonic Screwdriver!!!". I'm going to be honest and say I have no idea what a Sonic Screwdriver looks like or what it does.

"Something something..... Sonic Screwdriver!!!". I'm going to be honest and say I have no idea what a Sonic Screwdriver looks like or what it does.

I have nothing to say, except a general dismay that this might not be my Photo For The Day.

I have nothing to say, except a general dismay that this might not be my Photo For The Day.

That's a lot of autographs. But did Jenna Coleman sign as herself or as Peter Capaldi... and which signature is which?

That's a lot of autographs. But did Jenna Coleman sign as herself or as Peter Capaldi... and which signature is which?

So... that was a premiere. Of sorts. Technically. I can't say I came away much the wiser, and I'm still intimidated by the some 800 episode (97 missing????) and 50+ years of history I'd need to digest in order to catch up on everything I've missed in this particular SciFi Institution. I've been assured that it's quite accessible.... but I have my doubts. I came away from Guardians of the Galaxy having somewhat enjoyed it but been reminded that comic books have pretzel-like interconnectedness and constant regenerations, revisions, reboots and retcons.

But if an Oscar Winner and a beautiful Actress can't make me start, who can?

Until next time!