AKA, The Only Time I’ll Ever Get To Use My Sonic Screwdriver and Not Feel Like a Total Jerk.
We had the sheer joy to experience the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special in 3D at the local theater. It was really difficult to avoid the spoilers present on the web these last 3 days since it was simulcasted in Europe. Two and half hours before the show I grabbed my sonic screwdriver and met Joanne at the Kamita restaurant, which is a 5 minute walk from the theater.
An hour before the show, tickets in hand, we joined the crowd before a shut door #19. “Is the door locked?” I asked. Screwdriver in hand I pointed it at the door activating the light and sound effect. Which generated a few laughs from the audience. And I was more surprised than anyone when the theater cleaning staff opened the door at that moment. The crowd didn't even hesitate to enter in the rush for seats. Not missing a beat, I called out to no one in particular, “You’re welcome.”
The theater filled quickly. At least half full before the commercials started. If you only saw it on TV, then you missed the introduction by Strax, the Sontaran who chained bandaged movie etiquette violators to the wall and explained he loved blowing up the corn creatures and stated that popcorn can feel pain.
The show was magnificent. The 3D was not over done to distraction and greatly enhanced of imagery of the 3D pictures within the film. The ending changes the history of the Doctor as we know it, and the closing shot of the 12 current doctors was worth the price of admission.
Afterwards, there was a short film on the making of the special, narrated by Colin Baker.
On the way out the door, we headed for the normally unused back exit. I gave it shot with the sonic screwdriver before opening it. I hope someone saw.