The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

August 27th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular

The NZ Festival has announced:

Wellington will be invaded by Daleks, Cybermen and a host of other Doctor Who monsters in February next year, as the BBC’s smash hit Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular takes the stage at the 2014 New Zealand Festival.

Touring with a new show based on the recent Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Proms in the UK, Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will play three performances at Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena on 21 and 22 February 2014. This is the first time the show has come to New Zealand, following sell-out seasons in Melbourne and Sydney last year.

A musical celebration of the iconic TV series, aisles will be overrun with Doctor Who characters as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performs composer Murray Gold’s captivating music from the Doctor Who series. Overhead specially edited sequences of Matt Smith’s performance as the Eleventh Doctor will appear on the big screen.

New Zealand Festival Artistic Director, Shelagh Magadza, is expecting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular to be one of the hottest tickets at next year’s Festival, which marks her first as Artistic Director. …

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will appear as part of the New Zealand Festival at the TSB Bank Arena, Wellington on 21 and 22 February. Tickets go on sale to the General Public on 30 August 2013 with pre-sales available from 26 August 2013 from Ticketek. 

The 50th anniversary of Dr Who is celebrated on 23 November 2013 with a special episode featuring Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, David Tennant, John Hurt and Billie Piper.

Kiwiblog readers who want to attend the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular can pre-register at Ticketek with the password “CYBERMAN”. The pre-sale lasts this week only.

I am very excited and can’t wait!

The best Dr Who

August 13th, 2013 at 4:15 pm by David Farrar

The Herald has the results of an online survey of whom readers thought was the best Dr Who. The results are:

  1. Jon Pertwee
  2. David Tennant
  3. Tom Baker
  4. Matt Smith
  5. William Hartnell
  6. Christoper Eccleston
  7. Patrick Troughton
  8. Peter Davison
  9. Paul McGann
  10. Sylvester McCoy
  11. Colin Baker

My personal rankings would be

  1. Jon Pertwee
  2. Patrick Troughton
  3. David Tennant
  4. Matt Smith
  5. Tom Baker
  6. William Hartnell
  7. Peter Davison
  8. Paul McGann
  9. Christoper Eccleston
  10. Colin Baker
  11. Sylvester McCoy

The 2nd to last Doctor?

August 6th, 2013 at 8:12 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Peter Capaldi is going from spin doctor to Doctor Who. The BBC yesterday announced that the Scottish actor, best known as venom-spitting political fixer Malcolm Tucker in the sitcom The Thick of It and its film spin-off, In the Loop, is the new star of Doctor Who, the famed science fiction series soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The identity of the new Doctor had been the subject of frantic speculation, and the revelation was made with fanfare befitting one of Britain’s best-known programmes – during a live television broadcast.

Capaldi is the 12th actor to play the Doctor, a galaxy-hopping Time Lord who travels in the Tardis, a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned British police telephone booth. At age 55, he’s also the oldest since the first Doctor, William Hartnell.

Doctors seem to last three to four years so probably around 2020, it will either be the end of Dr Who, or they will find a loophole for the only 12 regenerations rule!

Capaldi was awesome as Malcolm Tucker. I look forward to seeing him as the Doctor.

Yes please

September 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Kiwi director Peter Jackson says he’ll be there to direct it if an idea to film Dr Who in  New Zealand goes ahead.

Matt Smith, the 11th actor to play the time traveller in the hit BBC series, said today he would start a campaign to film an episode in New Zealand with Sir Peter Jackson directing.

”I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who,” Smith, on the phone from the UK to promote the latest series of the show, said.

”I’m told it’s glorious. I’m told it’s quite similar to England.

‘Let’s get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there,” Smith, who has never been to New Zealand, said.

”There’s clearly a great film industry out there. It’s something I would be very interested in it’s just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over.”

The idea is not as far fetched as one of the cult sci-fi series’ plots with Jackson telling the Waikato Times today he was keen to help out.

”I’m a huge Dr Who fan, and I think Matt’s fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!”

What a great idea. I’m equally excited by the possibility of having it filmed in NZ, and having Jackson direct an episode.