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Dr Who fans are alive in Wellington - believe it.
They say things like "ah" and "oh my god" when they see a dalek.
Some actually stifle screams.
The proof was on the Wellington waterfront today when three baddies - a dalek, Cyberman, and The Silence - from the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular paraded in front of Frank Kitts Park.
To those who know little of Dr Who, and to those who would scoff, it would seem incomprehensible that any would turn out.
Wellington Girls students Ellen Scott, 15, and Kate Johnston, 16, were there today among the crowd of about 50 who did.
Asked about the appeal of Dr Who, Kate explained: "It's just so intense."
She knows all the characters. She says The Silence, for example, "like you were sleeping in bed and someone was walking towards you".
For others, like Max Field, 3, who had his windmill temporarily taken by Cyberman, the Dr Who legend was less daunting.
"He is a fan of the costumes," his mother, Linda Wang, said.
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular opens tomorrow at TSB Bank Arena on the Wellington waterfront for a three-show season.
Made with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performing music from the BBC television show, it features scenes from Matt Smith's performance as the Doctor.
According to publicity: "Iconic Doctor Who monsters roam the aisles!
"Beware of appearances from the spine-chilling Silence, awe-inspiring Cybermen and the famous daleks."
Sadly, Ellen and Kate won't be attending. They can't afford tickets.
- The Wellingtonian