Doctor Who thing: popup shop in Brisbane


Anyone in Brisbane popped in here? From Brisbane Times:

Despite concerns during the week from the staff that nobody would show up, an estimated 200 Whovians lined up around the corner at the 9am opening time.

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand retail manager Rachael Hammond said she had her doubts the Brisbane pop-up store would be a success.

“When I drove up (at 6am) and saw people here I thought ‘this is going to be OK’, but up until then, when I woke up this morning, I wasn’t sure if people would come,” she said.

“But they never let me down, the Doctor Who fans. They’re such a passionate bunch.”
With Doctor Who merchandise available online, Ms Hammond said the pop-up shop was a chance to bring the fans together.

“We encouraged people to dress up – the first 20 people to arrive in costume would receive a small gift – but, as I was handing out tickets along the line, people didn’t even know that was an option, they just came dressed up because they love Doctor Who so much,” she said.

“They’re very passionate, very engaged group of people. And it’s hot today and they’re wearing scarfs and hot clothing, so I have to give them props for that.”

The shop will stay popped up for a bit:

The pop-up store, at 23 James Street Fortitude Valley, will remain on site for another three weeks [into early November], unless stock runs out first.

If it hard to find Doctor Who goodies Down Under? My Australian readers: How big a deal is this popup shop?

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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