Just like the stampeed for the BBC Prom tickets last year, I was waiting - poised - to get my order in.
Prior to the release, the BOOK TICKETS page simply read:
Tickets will go on sale 9am Monday 14th November.It got to 9am – and it still said it. Okay, I thought, maybe they are just getting geared up for the rush. 9.15am – still says the same thing – and again at 9.30am.
This was in-between the occasional Server Connection Failure and my browser not even being able to connect to the host domain.
It made one of the menus on the site take on a whole new meaning . . . WHAT’S GOING ON?!
It wasn’t until 10.30am that suddenly I go the connection needed and I was in. AT LAST!
Although it is over two days, both days are due to be identical, so the site openly encourages you to only book for ONE day. Fair enough - especially since a ticket for one day is £99!
The programme for the day consists of Meet The Stars, Creators & Directors and Doctor Who Uncut. Some of these play in parallel, and you choose to follow one running order or the other, known as Silurian or Ood tickets. Again, fair enough.
But what I wasn’t prepared for was that you can only book ONE of these per £99 Day Ticket. Which means you have to choose between Matt Smith’s autograph OR Matt Smith’s photocall OR Steven Moffat’s autograph OR Steven Moffat’s photocall - which I think is real mean.
It was then down to autograph or photograph. OR buy a second day pass (at £99) so I can get both.
It’s not unreasonable to ask for both, if not all. Since you are paying through the nose to just get through the door, I would want to tick all my boxes and say, yes, I WENT to that event and have everything to prove it.
There will be other guests there, for which you will no doubt have to pay for autographs, so the whole thing is rapidly adding up to an expensive weekend.
I am expecting something spectacular – they do after all have a budget of over £300,000 (based on 1,500 x £99 day passes on each day alone).
So come on BBC – impress me!