Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

February 22nd, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular debuted at the TSB Arena last night. I can’t think of a better word for it than spectacular, as it was. I had high expectations of a great night out, and they were exceeded. It was great on every level. For Dr who fans, it was a fantastic experience, and the arena was packed full of fans from kids to grandparents who have been watching it for 50 years. A fair few were even in costume.

The musical side was superb, with the led by Dr Who specialist conductor Ben Foster. Wellington’s Orpehus Choir provided backups and there were some stunning solos by Anna (?Pierard). The music alone was reason to go. But there was so much more.

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Each piece was accompanied with clips from the show. Some of them were episodes I had seen, and some were new to me. But for all of them, the music and visuals told a great story which made speech unnecessary. Most were of the 11th doctor, Matt Smith, but a couple were compilations of all 13 doctors, including a regeneration series.

Talking of Doctors, the show was narrated by a youthful looking Peter Davison (No 5) and a couple of video clips from a less youthful Tom Baker (No 4). Conductor Ben Foster also took to the microphone a bit, with a very funny scene in which the Dalek proclaimed he must be exterminated for over-acting.

Yes there were Daleks. They were on stage, and in the aisles along with Cybermen, the Silence,Silurians, Ood, Weeping Angels and a Jodoon.

The show has been going around the world for the last year or so, but it has been updated. This version included songs based on the the most recent specials such as the Day of the Doctor.

It was a great show. Everything worked. A very fitting homage to the 50th anniversary of an iconic show.

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9 Responses to “Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular”

  1. KathyS (17 comments) says:

    I was there too, last night, with my sons, aged 12 and 15, and we all had a blast. Particularly enjoyed the encore – the Doctor Who theme music, which is the show’s best tune of all. Though it is fair enough for an orchestral show, I’ve felt a lot of the rebooted Doctor Who has been over-orchestrated, to the extent that it drowns out the dialogue. That’s a big negative for a show with a garrulous brilliant hero and lots of witty byplay. Having some of the seasons on DVD means we can put on subtitles and pick up the words we missed when it was shown on TV.

    Davison did well. He’s looking very youthful – enjoyed his jokes about the cricket, and his wish to borrow our cricket team for England, or even just borrow McCullum who could score more than the English team put together. And his wee jest about Doctor no. 10, who is, of course, his son-in-law.

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  2. john (36 comments) says:

    Just about to walk down to the arena for tonights shown.

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  3. bc (1,334 comments) says:

    I though there would be a boycott of this show from everyone on the site since the NZSO is taxpayer funded??
    Taxes are evil, remember.

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  4. john (36 comments) says:

    Yeah Na this is real culture. Lol

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  5. bc (1,334 comments) says:

    Don’t give me culture …!

    http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/culture-1980

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  6. Left Right and Centre (2,823 comments) says:

    Tom Baker is pushing 80 – no wonder he doesn’t look youthful. A great Dr Who, he was working on a building site as a labourer when news arrived that he’d landed the part.

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  7. 3-coil (1,200 comments) says:

    bc @ 7:23pm – great link, thanks. Good shots of Wgtn 35yrs ago.

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  8. john (36 comments) says:

    Thanks for the tip on the show. Not something I would usually do but what a fantastic night and today wandering the waterfront in spectacular weather. Brings home what we have lost in Christchurch post earthquake.

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  9. ChardonnayGuy (1,136 comments) says:

    Q: What does one get when a Weeping Angel touches Winston Peters and tries to banish him to the Distant Past?

    A: Nothing whatsoever, given that (a) he is incredibly ancient anyway and (b) time is mysteriously warped and distorted in his vicinity anyway (frozen in the Muldoon Error, to be exact…)

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