- Doctor Who Live
Doctor Who Live Date premiered October 8, 2010 Place premiered Wembley Arena
Original language English Genre Science Fiction
The live show is an implied sequel to the 1973 Doctor Who television episode Carnival of Monsters. It centers around Vorgenson, the Greatest Showman in the Galaxy, who with the help of his incredible invention, 'The Minimiser', can make any Doctor Who character appear on stage as part of his traveling show dedicated to his hero. The show features Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor in pre-recorded video clips, with Nigel Planer as Vorgenson, The Inter-Galactic Showman. The show features 11 monsters from the show, the Judoon, Winders, Clockwork Robots, Silurians, Weeping Angels, Ood, Cybermen, Daleks, Scarcrows and Smilers.
After showing off the different monsters he has captured Vorgenson reveals that he plans to use his device to create a scenario in which the Doctor will believe that the audience is in peril, he does this by pulling Winston Churchill from World War II, causing a paradox and threatening the present. As Vorgenson leaves the stage, Churchill is able to take advantage of this moment by contacting the Doctor through a mobile phone, and the Doctor rushes on his way to save Winston and the audience. Once Vorgenson comes back, he manages to sends Winston back into the minimiser and then sends the Judoon into the audience to find the Doctor in case he has already arrived. The Judoon attempt to scan Voregenson (who is an alien) but he tricks them into thinking the Doctor is in the minimiser and they return to it. Vorgenson leaves. The Doctor contacts the audience and tells them that if he shouts "Geronimo!" at them they must shout it back as this will automactically bring the TARDIS to the Doctor. A beep on the TARDIS screen troubles the Doctor and he turns to the audience and warns them that a group of Weeping Angels have escaped from the minimiser and he warns the audience not to blink before leaving. A weeping angel appears on the big screen in a neutral position, staying there for a few minutes. Suddenly, the audience is distracted by a group of policemen entering from the back of the theatre, informing the audience to stay in their seats, and revealing that they were alerted by an anonymous tipoff. The police walk onto the stage and are picked off one-by-one by two new angels that have appeared next to the screen. Vorgenson comes back onscreen, and he sends the angels are sent back into the minimiser with Vorgenson joking that the police were collateral damage. The Doctor appears and tells Vorgenson that it is his last chance to shut down the minimiser and that if he doesn't, the Doctor will. Vorgenson, in a shock twist of events, manages to trap the Doctor himself inside of the minimiser. Before Vorgenson leaves, he yells to the audience that there is something else going on and someone else is behind all this but Vorgenson turns off the screen and leaves, ending the first act.
Some of the scarecrows entertain the audience during the interval.
The second act starts immediately with the Cybermen being released into the audience, which features a sequence that a man is thrown into the minimiser and is "upgraded" into a Cyberman himself. Afterwards, the Daleks appear, and they reveal that they were the ones that gave Vorgenson the concept for the minimiser by projecting the ideas into his dreams, and then they capture the Doctor, who was trapped in the Minimiser by Vorgenson in the first act, and they imprison him inside of a box on the stage. From the box, The Doctor manages to send out Cybermen from the Minimiser, and they engage in battle with the Daleks. At first, it seems that the Daleks have the upper hand, as they manage to destroy one of the Cybermen, but they then reveal that they had upgraded their own technology, which allowed them to overpower the Daleks. Realising that they can't win, the Daleks all retreat into the minimiser, and it seems that their evil plan has been stopped once and for all. The Doctor escapes from the box, and Vorgenson comes to apologize to the Doctor for everything he's done. The Doctor reveals that he's released all of the monsters that Vorgenson had trapped, with the exception of the Daleks themselves, and then offers to send Vorgenson back to his own planet. Suddenly, it is revealed that one of the Daleks managed to sneak away during the confrontation, and it threatens the Doctor and the audience. The Doctor then calls on the audience to shout out "Geranimo" with him, which allows for the Tardis to appear. The Tardis overpowers the lone Dalek, and it is sent far away. The show ends with the Doctor thanking the audience, and leaving on his Tardis.
Conception and development
After the success of the first Doctor Who Prom, BBC Worldwide decided to develop a live Doctor Who concert tour. Around Christmas 2009, Worldwide approached Will Brenton, creator of Tweenies, to direct the show. Brenton, who had experience with large arena-based shows (including a Thomas the Tank Engine live experience), decided that the performance would need more narrative thrust and live engagement with the audience. In discussions with Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat, Brenton proposed a "Jurassic Park kind of feel, with this character who's reeling out these characters"; Moffat suggested that the show could follow on from elements of the 1973 Doctor Who television serial Carnival of Monsters, which featured an interstellar showman who kept different monsters miniaturised for entertainment. Doctor Who writer Gareth Roberts was brought on to co-write the show's script with Brenton. Ben Foster, who orchestrates Murray Gold's compositions for the television programme, developed the musical component of the show, and conducts the 16-piece band.
The show is scheduled to visit arenas in 9 UK cities in October and November 2010:
Tour schedule City Venue Dates London Wembley Arena 8–10 October Sheffield Sheffield Arena 12–13 October Glasgow Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre 15–17 October Birmingham National Indoor Arena 18–20 October Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena 22–24 October Nottingham Trent FM Arena 25–26 October Cardiff Cardiff International Arena 28–31 October Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool 2–3 November Belfast Odyssey Arena 6–7 November
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