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.
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!
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
San Antonio, Texas 78209
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!