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First Friday: Doctor Who

  • Science Center 5050 Oakland Avenue St. Louis, MO, 63110 United States (map)

Join us for our next First Friday. Whether you’re a long-time Whovian or just curious about the popular time traveler, you will find plenty to entertain and intrigue you at this First Friday! 

Hear from special guest, actor Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar) about what it was like to work on Doctor Who, enter the Doctor Who costume contest, and browse Doctor Who-inspired arts and crafts. Be sure to get your free tickets the night of the event for the Doctor Who episodes which will screen throughout the evening. #FridayGeekOut

Schedule
Unless otherwise noted $, all activities are FREE! Free parking on First Fridays! All items marked with a TR require tickets. Tickets for free screenings available at any box office, starting at 6pm.

Not to Be Missed!

8pm, OMNIMAX Theater
Special Presentation -- A Conversation with Simon Fisher-Becker. Join in this conversation with the actor who played Dorium Maldovar in Series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who! Learn more about this notable stage, television and film actor, and get a behind the scenes look at his time on the set of Doctor Who. Did you know that Mr. Fisher-Becker also appeared in the Fat Friar in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

9pm, Center Stage
Archon Mini Masquerade: Doctor Who
Calling all Whovians! This is a costume contest featuring costumes created by you! Sign up by 8:30pm at the Archon table on the 1st floor of the Science Center’s main building. At 9pm, participate in the contest at Center Stage, on the lower level of the main building. 

Ongoing Activities, 6-9pm 

Lower Level-LL
See Doctor Who creations from local crafters!

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Visit with The St. Louis Celestial Intervention Agency to learn more about this club that centers on the best in science-fiction and fantasy media, like Doctor Who!

Look for the photo op, but watch out for the Headless Monks!

At the Archon table, sign up to show off your best Doctor, companion or character for the Doctor Who Mini Masquerade! 

Connect with a universe of games, in the new exhibition GameXPloration. This free, interactive exhibition showcase games and gaming, from board games to video games to virtual reality. 

Visit the Life Science Lab and learn to write in ancient Gallifreyan! 

Try out games from Game Nite, in the Life Science Lab Classroom.

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Visit Science Illuminated to discover a universe of lights. 

The Loft-2
Look for food and drink specials at The Loft!

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Create an origami TARDIS, Dalek, or Bow Tie in the Makerspace Classroom. Because Bow Ties are cool.

Planetarium
Test out the Blue Motion Simulators ($5 for Non-Members and Members) the I-360 Interactive Flight Simulators ($7/$6 for Members) and our new Virtual Reality Transporter ($10/$9 for Members).

Public Telescope Viewing – weather permitting (Archery Field) –night sky viewing beginning at 7pm, with the St. Louis Astronomical Society.

Discover more about space exploration with St. Louis Space Frontier and The Moon Society. 

Engage in citizen science research with CosmoQuest.

Scheduled Activities

6:30pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR $
Australia’s Great Wild North 
(43 minutes, 2017) All tickets $6, $5 for college students with valid id 

6:30pm, Center Stage/LL
Amazing Science Demonstration: It’s Sonic! Totally Sonic! Sonicked Up!

7pm, Planetarium/2 TR
Planetarium Show: Live Sky Tonight
Free! (45 minutes)

7pm, May Hall/LL
First Friday Trivia 

7pm, T. Rex Meeting Room, TR
Geek Universe Live! Radio Show with host Jim Yelton
Discuss the emergence of the new Doctor and how a female Doctor is shaping the role.
7:30pm, Center Stage/LL
Amazing Science Demonstration: It’s Sonic! Totally Sonic! Sonicked Up!

8pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
Special Presentation -- A Conversation with Simon Fisher-Becker. Join in this conversation with the actor who played Dorium Maldovar in Series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who!
9pm, Planetarium/2 TR
Doctor Who episodes
“The Pandorica Opens” (2010, PG, regular screen format, 49 minutes)
“The Big Bang” (2010, PG, regular screen format, 54 minutes)

9pm, CenterStage/LL
Archon Presents: Doctor Who Mini Masquerade
A costume contest featuring costumes created by you! Sign up by 8:30pm at the Archon table on the first floor of the Main Building.

9:15pm, CenterStage/LL
Sonic Fire!!!
While the costume contest judges deliberate, enjoy the Doctor Who theme played on our Rubens Tube!

10pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR 
Doctor Who episodes
“Prequel to a Good Man Goes to War” (2011, PG, regular screen format, 2 minutes)
“A Good Man Goes to War” (2011, PG, regular screen format, 49 minutes)
“The Wedding of River Song” (2011, PG, regular screen format, 46 minutes)

Answers to Your First Friday Questions

Tell me more about the 8pm presentation, A Conversation with Simon Fisher-Becker
Simon Fisher-Becker, Viscount of William & Mona, is an English stage, television and film actor, specializing in comedy and character parts. His more notable roles include Tony Fazackerley in Puppy Love for the BBC, The Fat Friar in the Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and Dorium Maldovar in series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who. This moderated conversation will explore more about Mr. Fisher-Becker’s career, and take a behind the scenes look at the set of Doctor Who.

How does First Friday Trivia work?
To play, register as an individual or with a team in May Hall on the Lower Level of the Main Building. Registration begins at 6pm and we can accommodate up to 25 teams with a maximum of 6 people per team. There will be five rounds of trivia, with five questions each round. Prizes for the winners of each round!

How do I get free tickets? (for shows, presentations, activities, etc.)
Get your tickets at any box office, starting at 6pm. Science Center Members may use the Member-Only Ticket Line, at the Membership Desk. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is allowed up to four tickets for your group. Once you have a ticket, you must be in the theater by show time to claim your seat. If you decide not to use your ticket, please return it to the Membership Desk in the Main Building Lobby. Tickets turned in for sold-out shows will be redistributed at the Membership Desk until 30 minutes prior to show time. After this, visitors without tickets may wait in a standby line outside of the show’s venue. We will let in those standing by to fill all seats not claimed by show time.

What are the costume guidelines?
We encourage guests to wear costumes! Thanks to our partner Johnnie Brock's Dungeon for providing costumes for Science Center staff. 
We ask that your costume not interfere with your safety or the safety of others. You may use face paint and partial face-masks. We ask that you carry any full-face masks or helmets while entering and when you are walking through the Science Center. You may wear your headgear while being photographed. 
Weapons as part of costumes are subject to the approval of Saint Louis Science Center Security. No firearms or illegal weapons are allowed and if the weapon has a blade, you must have a covering for it. 

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

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Later Event: December 8
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