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part of a small rebellion | 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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  • stegmi

    Makes commercial sense if nothing else.We’ve already had the introduction to classical music via Dr Who concerts so an introduction to the theatre seems a no-brainer.The fine art and calligraphy seasons may yet be some way off…

  • Orangutan

    It should be a musical. Cybermen would be perfect for a kick-line, a la the Rockettes! And who wouldn’t want to hear the haunting Lament of the Daleks aria? Get Lloyd Webber on this!

  • Mo

    Aw, it’s meant for little kids, not us (relatively) grown-up fans. It sounds to me like an extended version of what they did for the proms.

    I bet you I would have loved it when I was seven if I had had any idea what Doctor Who was then… (“whaddya mean this isn’t Star Twek? Where’s Worf?”) Now, *meh*.

  • There are sometimes “Music from Dr. Who” concerts in England, featuring music and video, usually for charity. But the ad looks a little more deceiving.

  • “Hello, Dalek. Say hello, Dalek. It’s so nice to see you back where you belong…”

    I’ll get my coat…

  • MaryAnn

    Yes, I’m sure it’ll be fun for the kiddies…

    So I guess Queen Elizabeth I won’t be making an appearance to comment on her relationship with the Doctor, then?

  • Weimlady

    Umm…who said something about a musical? Maybe with dancing Doctors?


    Too funny!

  • Well, Doctor Who stage plays are nothing that new:

  • NorthernStar

    Well as awful as the prospect of Who on Tour sounds, if it gets kids interested in going to the theatre then it’s not a bad thing.

    While a family show like Arabian Nights or Matilda at the RSC is much better introduction,this might be a worthwhile first step.

  • Jim Mann

    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.

    Murray Gold has been responsible for all the great music in Doctor Who since the show was restarted, and all they note in the article is that he wrote the new theme?

    Also, while I wasn’t sure what to think of the new rendition of the theme when I first heard it, it’s grown on me. I wonder if every time the theme is redone a bit (which has happened quite a few times over the years), those who are big fans of the theme they’ve gotten used to have a negative reaction, at least for a while.

  • Brian

    Is Troy McClure involved? I loved him in Planet of the Apes: The Musical.

    “I hate every ape I see, from Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z!”

  • Isobel

    Still don’t like the new theme or the new credits, myself.

  • MaryAnn

    if it gets kids interested in going to the theatre then it’s not a bad thing.

    Will it, though? Or will it only make kiddies want to see Daleks onstage?

  • i took a niece to see Dora the Explorer theatrical live performance when she was little. she’s almost 20 and has no interest in going to the theatre.

  • Dora the Explorer has been around that long, Bronxbee, that kids who saw it when they were little are now in their 20s? Who knew?

    I must admit that I’ve always loved live theatre on the rare occasions I’ve been able to go but unfortunately, I suspect I’m in the minority as far as my family is concerned. Of course, my siblings’ main exposure to plays has been through dinner theatre and that seems virtually obsolete nowadays. (And yes, I know I’ll lose serious cool points by admitting I’ve been to a dinner theatre but we all have to start our theatrical experiences somewhere.)

    I do have a few friends–including an ex-co-worker and an ex-supervisor–who are into live musicals but, alas, they’re outnumbered by the many people I know who aren’t.

  • I don’t think a new cast will prohibit anyone from enjoying the Doctor Who live show. If there’s one thing these last few years have taught us about Who: it’s not the actors who matter, it’s the characters.

    Hey… but what if they got David Tennant to do it?


  • Plus, how cool would it be to see the Weeping Angels live on stage? I can imagine a bunch of creepy ways to do it and make it really fun (and scary).

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