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Season 8 Premiere/Welcome Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor Party- Lion & Rose

  • Aug 23, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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It's Official- The BBC has made public the premiere date for Season 8.  Let's get together to welcome our newest Doctor, Peter Capaldi at The Lion and Rose!  The Lion and Rose is hosting this as a private party for us, and the link to the menu is below.   I did ask them to include one more vegetarian offering and there will be a few posted drink specials for the adults as well. https://www.dropbox.com/s/fsgfnz5irafj3ro/Dr%20Who%20special%20menu.doc

I've added a link to the Lion and Rose's private room below, but they're closing down the location specifically for us. They have several TVs and will turn them all on and give us control over the sound system as well. If the weather is decent, we can even watch on the patio outside. Let's go decked out in our Whovian finest and have a great evening welcoming Peter Capaldi (back) to the Whovian family.

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NOTE: I have updated the Meetup to allow you to include 4 guests and to have a seating limit of 215, which is the capacity of the Lion and Rose.  If you find that you'll be unable to attend, please update your status so others can sign up.  If you need to add another member to your party and there isn't a slot available, the system will AUTOMATICALLY remove your entire party and place you on the wait list!  This is not something I have any control over once the Meetup is reopened.You all have been simply brilliant about updating and letting others from the waiting list move to the confirmed list and I thank you.

UPDATE: Thanks to David J., the Lion and Rose at the Forum (8211 Agora Pkwy #112, San Antonio, TX 78148 (210)[masked] ) has agreed to be our overflow location.  If you are on the waitlist, you can go to the Agora Parkway location and view the show in their private room, the Dungeon, from 6:00 to 9:30.  Thanks again, David!

UPDATE 2:

Our scheduled Premiere Party is officially from 5:00 to 10:00 at the Lion and Rose on Sonterra. The restaurant is closing down to the public at 4:30 for our private event and we'll be there at that time setting up a few things for our party.  Although there will be a sign up sheet at the bar so we can keep track of the number of attendees, seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.  Please arrive early to ensure a good seat and to give you time to place your order if you want anything.  Also, if you have any room at your table and see someone wandering around, help a Whovian out and invite them to sit with you.  This is the only event we have any control over.  We will have every TV in the place tuned to BBC America from the time we start and we will be the only patrons at this location.  We will be taking our picture in front of the restaurant to post to our Facebook page and Meetup and we encourage you to come in costume. 

The Lion and Rose at the Forum shops and they will be showing Season 8, Episode One: Deep Breath in their Dungeon room, which seats approximately 35 people. They are also willing to show it on their patio that night, from 6:00 on. I called today and spoke to Michelle.  She said they would be happy to start a RSVP list there.  You can let them know you're coming so they can make the proper arrangements to accommodate you by calling (210)[masked] and asking for either Michelle or Steven.  Please let them know you're part of Doctor Who Fans Unite when making your reservation.  This is NOT a private showing and you can order anything off of the menu, but they will not be offering any drink specials that I know of.
Forum Lion and Rose
8211 Agora Pkwy, Suite 112
Live Oak, TX 78154


I also received email today from the Lion and Rose in Alamo Heights on Broadway, and they will be hosting a Doctor Who Premiere Showing of their own. Text from the email is provided below:


Dr. Who Season Premiere Watch Party
The Lion & Rose in Alamo Heights is hosting a Dr. Who Season Premier Watch Party this Saturday night, August 23rd! We've got some great Dr. Who inspired drink specials including Dr. Grace's First Kiss: A mix of Champagne and Blue Curacao and The 8th Doctor: A blend of Whiskey, Rum, lemon/lime & Blue Curacao with a dash of Bitters for a short lived star.
Show starts at 7!


When I spoke to Mike, the manager there, he said they were playing it by ear and would be happy to host as many people as would like to come.  If you would like to RSVP to this location, please contact them at the number below and let them know you're coming.  Please tell them you're a member of Doctor Who Fans Unite.  

A note from Paulina, Shane's wife: I thought you might want to add that the L&R Alamo Heights location allows smoking inside, so people who've not been there before might want to keep that in mind.


Alamo Heights Lion & Rose
5148 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210)[masked]


Whichever site you decide to attend, I suggest arriving early for the best selection of seating and if you're at one of the alternate sites, be an Ambassador for Doctor Who Fans Unite and tell people about us and help us grow.  I'm also going to start looking into having one or more of these sites host us for the Christmas Special, so let me know after the showings what your impressions of the sites were.


Regardless of where you end up watching, I hope you enjoy the Premiere and our real introduction to Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor!

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  • Elena B.

    it was so much fun

    September 14, 2014

  • Debra E.

    What a blast!

    August 25, 2014

  • David

    A great place with great people.

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Simon B.

    I had a blast! So much fun being around fellow Whovians, and the premiere exceeded all expectations! :-)

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Emily C.

    So much fun! Great seats, we had three screens in view! :D

    August 24, 2014

  • Emily C.

    So much fun! Great seats, we had three screens in view! :D

    August 24, 2014

  • Jose

    Great show and so amazing to see how evolved and involved this group is!

    August 24, 2014

  • Jose

    Great show and so amazing to see how evolved and involved this group is!

    August 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun

    August 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun

    August 24, 2014

  • Teresa G.

    Jeff and I had a wonderful time! Thank you for organizing this event!

    August 23, 2014

  • Sonja

    Have fun. I have a migraine so I'll be watching at home. Wish I could be there with you though.

    August 23, 2014

    • Tamara

      Sorry you weren't able to attend and I hope you're feeling better soon.

      August 23, 2014

  • James M. L.

    Amy chance to add a few late goers or is the place packed by now???

    August 23, 2014

    • James M. L.

      We were a write in and welcomed with open arms. It was a great night

      August 23, 2014

    • Tamara

      I'm glad you had a good time. We had a great time sharing the experience of meeting the new Doctor together as a group. I'm glad to hear everyone made you feel welcome as well.

      August 23, 2014

  • badwolf

    Sorry guys, something has come up last minute, hope someone else on waiting list can take our spots.

    August 23, 2014

    • Tamara

      Thanks for updating your RSVP, and hopefully you'll be able to attend future events.

      1 · August 23, 2014

  • Richard G.

    Watching it with my Dad this time. Opened a spot for someone else.

    August 23, 2014

    • Tamara

      Thanks for updating your RSVP.

      August 23, 2014

  • Michael Z.

    On my way

    1 · August 23, 2014

    • Tamara

      Hope you had a good time! I didn't get a chance to find you.

      August 23, 2014

  • Luke

    Absolute blast.

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • Michael Z.

    Awsome time :)

    2 · August 23, 2014

  • Candiss N.

    I'm going to try. I had the hotel picked and everything for this time. That may be a Christmas / Thanksgiving gift to myself. It's been too long since I've seen you guys. My other friends were all like .... You were gonna drive almost 8 hours to watch Doctor Who... I was all.,, you don't understand.... We are a dedicated, special and amazing group of people on a level of awesome that you couldn't even begin to comprehend.

    4 · August 23, 2014

    • Tamara

      And we lost a bit of luster when we lost you. :-(

      August 23, 2014

    • Candiss N.

      One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine........( I had too).

      3 · August 23, 2014

  • Candiss N.

    Tamara, I planned to drive down and everything but we had an unplanned mandatory overtime Wed & Friday. My spot is open and I'm so bummed I can't make it... Don't even know where I'm going to be able to watch it now. Hope you guys have a blast.... I miss you guys so much.

    August 23, 2014

    • Lisa C

      Oh man!!! I was looking forward to seeing you! Think you can make it for Christmas?

      1 · August 23, 2014

    • Tamara

      Sorry you're not here. It's not the same without you.

      August 23, 2014

  • Lisa S.

    Can you hear that? That is the sound of my young Whovian squealing with delight that we got in to the big soiree tonight. She is no less excited than she was when we were at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff a few weeks ago. Bringing her Jelly Babies and Jammie Dodgers! See you tonight!

    3 · August 23, 2014

    • Jenna

      LOL. That is great! Enjoy! Jealous of the Cardiff experience.

      August 23, 2014

  • Richard W.

    Oh another question...Who did the video with the interviews for when we were at the Lion and Rose for the 50th Anniversary? My wife AND I were interviewed and we still have not gotten any information on obtaining a copy of the video presentation this girl did for her class. PLEASE contact me on what is going on.

    August 16, 2014

    • Tamara

      Make sure to call them so they know you're coming and can make arrangements.

      August 23, 2014

    • Lisa S.

      If they are full, Richard can take our 4 spots. They are under my name, Lisa Stuart. If not, I will call and cancel.

      August 23, 2014

  • Michael Z.

    The show starts at 715 ? I'm on a 24 hour shift and I get a 3 hr brake so I'll half to plan my show up time to the minute

    August 22, 2014

    • Marjorie

      Dedicated! See you there. :-)

      2 · August 22, 2014

  • Jenna

    Hey guys, I hope someone can take advantage of me not being able to go. I am on-call for work, and that is a bit far for me to drive. Plus, if I get an emergency call in the middle of any of the festivities, I don't want to ruin everyone else's viewing by having to answer the phone and walking out. I will be watching from a friend's house, who agreed to pause if need be. Hope you guys have a blast, and I can't wait to see pictures!

    August 22, 2014

    • Lisa S.

      Thanks for taking the time to cancel. This bumps us up on the waiting list. :) Enjoy!

      3 · August 22, 2014

  • Simon B.

    Just checking, but do those of us RSVP'd for the Stone Oak location have to show proof we're on the list when we get there?

    August 22, 2014

    • Tamara

      Just sign in when you get there. I'm not a bouncer and I don't want to get stuck checking IDs at the door. I'm there to have a good time, too.

      3 · August 22, 2014

    • Simon B.

      Cool :-)

      August 22, 2014

  • Danny A.

    I have a question. Since the main location is booked solid, how do we confirm that we have reservations when we arrive? Do I need to print some sort of confirmation? Thanks! My family is REALLY looking forward to this!

    1 · August 21, 2014

    • Lisa S.

      Nevermind, just saw the update above. I made a reservation. I did not think to ask if all ages were welcome. I will have a few teens with me. Hope that's okay.

      August 22, 2014

    • Tamara

      You should be fine. I take my 9 year old often, and have since he was very little. Some of the waitresses know him on sight. I don't know about the Broadway location, though, since they allow smoking indoors.

      August 22, 2014

  • Debra E.

    I also RSVP'd weeks ago w/+3 but my RSVP only shows+2. What do I do now? I don't want to change it and take the chance it will kick me out.

    August 21, 2014

    • Barbara

      Debra, I'm just a member, and I see you as a +3. Are you viewing this on your phone or a PC? I'm viewing it on PC. the meet up app (on my phone) is screwy sometimes.

      August 21, 2014

    • Debra E.

      OMG - Thank You! My BFF is bringing her 22 year-old son, who has Asperger’s. He is just the sweetest young man and is totally into Doctor Who. He is sooo excited about going to this premier. I was going to beg y'all to let them attend and then I would leave so he could be there. This is just so wonderful it’s making me cry. See you soon.
      Warm Wishes

      1 · August 22, 2014

  • Simon B.

    Ok, I've got my rides to and from the Stone Oak location scheduled. Wasn't sure about exact times so I just went with the times listed here on the site, so I'll probably be the first one there and the last one to leave ;-)

    3 · August 21, 2014

  • Teresa G.

    I was checking my RSVP and it only showed me and not my +1. Do I went in to change that and it kicked me off of the Accepted list and into the waiting list. What gives?!!!!

    I RSVP'd WEEKS ago and now I got kicked of the main list onto the waiting list just DAYS before the event? I'm coming in from Kerrville to do this! I want my spot back please. It's not fair to be bumped down to the waiting list.

    August 21, 2014

    • Gina G.

      Same here. :/

      August 21, 2014

    • Tamara

      The reason the system does this is that if you RSVP and add someone when there aren't spots available, it assumes you're not going without that person and moves you to the waiting list. If you update an RSVP to say one if your party isn't going, it would leave you in place and add someone from the wait list. It wouldn't be fair for someone with a spot to add another person to their reservation and have to bump someone else out of their spot. Contact me if this happens and I'll see if something can be done.

      1 · August 21, 2014

  • Richard W.

    With the overflow we just show up and ask for the Dungeon location. Is it during the show times or are they repeating the broadcast? How is it going to be done?

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • Barbara

      Tamara, perhaps another event could be posted for the FORUM location (is there a seating limit in the Dungeon Room?). Those that live closer could sign up there, leaving space at the 1st location.

      2 · August 20, 2014

    • Tamara

      Barbara, thanks for the suggestion. I had thought about that, but our relationship with the Forum isn't well-established. Also, since we don't have Ganger clones of the event organizers, won't be decorating out there or doing any little pre-show activities we might be able to pull off for the group. For that reason, I hesitated to set up a separate event. If the difference in the situations doesn't bother you, I'll call the Forum manager today and get the go-ahead to set up a separate Meetup, along with a formal RSVP list. If I do, this will be listed as a Alternate Viewing Location and not a Premiere Party. At this time, the showing is open to the public, so I'd advise arriving early to ensure a seat, but let me see what I can do. Thanks again, and don't hesitate to message me if you don't hear from me by tomorrow morning.

      1 · August 21, 2014

  • William C.

    Any luck with the fish fingers and custard this time?

    1 · July 26, 2014

    • Tamara

      No on the fish fingers and custard- just quite a bit of their regular menu. They have offered to make Sonic Screwdrivers and TARDIS-tinis for us, though.

      1 · August 20, 2014

  • Richard G.

    I look forward to it. Love Lion & Rose. Way better than Mancinis.

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • Jose S.

    Hi Everyone, I am looking forward to the premiere and to meet all of you. I have not been able to attend the meet and greets since I joined. I have a crazy schedule. But I can wait to meet all my fellow Whovians, see you all on Saturday.

    August 20, 2014

  • Lisa S.

    Hello! We would like to attend at the Forum location, but we would like to get on the waiting list for Sonterra. Is it still possible to get on that list? We have four in our group. Thanks!

    August 20, 2014

  • Taylor

    Is this going to be 21+?

    1 · July 26, 2014

    • Gina D.

      Good because it's just me and my five year old, lol!

      1 · August 18, 2014

    • Paul P.

      He'll like it.

      1 · August 18, 2014

  • Mel

    Hello all, I'm new here, and missed getting to RSVP the big gathering for the premier. maybe next time. :(

    August 16, 2014

  • Amanda

    Does anyone know which theatre's are showing the screening the next day?

    July 31, 2014

    • Tamara

      That information hasn't been released yet. I'm checking daily so as soon as I hear, I'll post it.

      1 · July 31, 2014

  • Tamara

    Nope- it's all ages. Come on in!

    2 · July 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    News is that this Ep will be also shown in some theaters (ala "Day of the Doctor"). If SA gets a screening might that change plans for this group?
    http://www.nerdist.com/2014/07/doctor-who-series-8-premiere-to-screen-in-cinemas-worldwide/

    July 25, 2014

    • Amanda

      That's so awesome!

      July 25, 2014

    • Amanda

      You're the best Tamara!

      July 25, 2014

  • Jason C.

    I would rather see it for free

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • William C.

    I might be living in Dallas, but I'm definitely coming for this!

    July 11, 2014

    • Tamara

      William, not that we wouldn't be thrilled to have you, but there's a huge contingent of Whovians in Dallas. Check and see if they're hosting an event and spend 8 hours partying instead of on the road. If they're not, by all means, please join us!

      July 12, 2014

    • William C.

      They don't have anything scheduled. And I just made some friends apply to the group. Probably meet up with them there.

      July 14, 2014

  • Debra E.

    BBC has been running teasers all weekend announcing the season premier of Doctor Who on Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 PM.

    2 · July 8, 2014

    • Tamara

      Debra, sorry for the delay. I meant to tell you thank you sooner. Some reports are coming out that BBC America will run Matt's last ep just prior to the 75 minute premiere, but it's not been officially posted yet, hence the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey nature of the hours of this meetup. But it does look as though Deep Breath will air at 8:00.

      July 12, 2014

    • Tamara

      And thanks again for the info!

      July 12, 2014

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