18th May 2010 • Blog Post by Jonathan Capps •

We’re quite behind the pace on this one, but the recent announcement of a Doctor Who stage show has been getting the Internet into a bit of a kerfuffle.   The jist after the jump, then.

The Tardis will materialise…


…in nine UK cities on a 25-date Doctor Who Live tour in a spin-off that will see epic on-stage battles and special effects.

I do wonder just how ‘epic’ it actually can be, but cool.

While Doctor Who Matt Smith will not appear live on stage, he and assistant Karen Gillan have filmed special scenes for the show.

Oooh, the kicker, there.  Obviously it’s unreasonable to think they’d actually be able to perform over the tour, but am I the only one quite keen on the idea of recasting?  It’d be more than a little cool to have a ‘stage’ Doctor and, more importantly, it would pretty much kill everyone on Gallifrey Base as their tiny brains pop contemplating the ‘canon’ implications.

“This is everything I ever wanted since I was 11,” he said. “A live show, with all the coolest Doctor Who monsters, a proper story, and brand new screen material for Matt Smith’s Doctor.

And I guess that’s the point, really, this is going to be pretty hugely awesome for the kiddies.  The disappointment of only seeing The Doctor and Amy on screen will only be fleeting when they see Daleks and Cybermen on stage.  Unfortunately there’ll be no sofas for them to hide behind, but since no child ever does this ever in the history of ever, it’s not much of an issue.

“I’ll be writing scenes for it…

Well, of course!  Although I’ll be very interested to see who’ll be helping him.  Someone Who or someone with some theatre experience?

…and probably attending every single night.”

Sure you will.

Doctor Who Live will open in wartime London…

Well, they say this but according to the schedule they’re actually opening at Wembley Arena on the 8th of… oh, I see.  WW2 does seem like a strange setting to start with, though, considering it’s already been covered in the show and by that point the Daleks had already fucked right off, so I’ll be keen to see what they do with this.  It’s possible it’ll be existing purely in it’s own continuity bubble, but it does suggest they’ll be doing some sort of continuation from VotD, although how they’d do that I have no idea.

Anyway, this is all very interesting, but it’s not something that particularly appeals to me, but I’ll look forward to the inevitable TV showing over the Christmas period.  One thing that is bothering me is a possible over saturation of Daleks and Cybermen as this is the second spin-off media that they’ll both feature heavily in that’s been announced in recent months.  Kids do get bored, you know.

Anyone who’s going along (I’m looking at you, si) be sure to report back.  Tickets go on sale just under three days, if that obnoxious countdown clock they’ve got dotted around various corners of the Internet is anything to go by.

Jonathan Capps‘ name translates in the old Draconian tongue as “The Oncoming Storm”. Curiously enough, when spelled out backwards, it translates in Kaled as “Gobby Northerner Who Likes Sandwiches”.


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