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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

because nothing says live thee-ay-tah like “Exterminate!”

Shakespeare it ain’t. Steven Moffat now presents us with Doctor Who: Live. On stage. From the Guardian:

Doctor Who is soon set to step out of his Tardis and onto a theatre stage near you.

The Doctor – plus assorted adversaries and creatures including Daleks, Cybermen and Oods – is to tour the UK this autumn with Doctor Who Live.

The show, produced by the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, will open in wartime London and conclude with “an epic onstage battle”. There will also be a live soundtrack, performed by a 16-piece orchestra, by Doctor Who composer Murray Gold, responsible for the programme’s controversial new theme tune.

Moffatt, who is also the executive producer of the TV series, said: “This is everything I ever wanted since I was eleven. A live show, with all the coolest Doctor Who monsters, a proper story, and brand new screen material for Matt Smith’s Doctor. I’ll be writing scenes for it, and probably attending every single night.”

The official site for the live show is, er, very colorful:

And there, in very teeny, tiny print, you’ll find this notice:

Actors from the TV series will not be appearing live on stage.

(To be fair, the Guardian article did note, as well, that “the new Doctor, Matt Smith, and assistant Karen Gillan, will not appear in the stage show.” How much you wanna bet, though, that angry fans who expected they’d see the Doctor fighting his enemies of old will be demanding their money back?)

Tickets go in sale on May 21.

Next up: Doctor Who on Ice!

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.



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