Live Doctor Who show to go on tour
TV hit Doctor Who is to regenerate into a live action arena tour complete with Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels, it was announced today.
After spinning through the universe for hundreds of years, the Tardis will materialise in nine cities on 25 dates for the all-action, musical spectacular.
The latest spin-off will see on-stage battles, pyrotechnics and special effects.
Stars such as Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will not appear live on the stage but Smith will be filming new scenes which will be seen for the first time during the shows, being developed by TV show supremo Steven Moffatt.
Moffatt, who runs the series and is executive producer, said he wanted the live events to have the same excitement as the TV version.
"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," he said.
"I'll be writing scenes for it, and probably attending every single night."
Doctor Who Live will open in wartime London and finishes with what is billed as "an epic onstage battle".
Other creatures from the menagerie of monsters which will appear live are the Judoon and Oods.
The action will be set to a live soundtrack by TV show composer Murray Gold, with a 16 piece orchestra live on stage.
Audiences have already had a chance to revel in the programme's music at a special Doctor Who prom, which will return to the Albert Hall this year.
Gold said: "The live element always adds something extra, but these will also be brand new arrangements for a new band of very talented musicians. It's very exciting."
Further details about the shows are available from www.doctorwholive.com.
The tour dates are as follows:
:: October 8, 9, 10 - Wembley Arena, London.
:: October 12, 13 - Sheffield Arena, Sheffield.
:: October 14, 15, 16, 17 - Glasgow SECC, Glasgow.
:: October 18, 19, 20 - Birmingham NIA, Birmingham.
:: October 22, 23, 24, MEN Arena, Manchester
:: October 25, 26 - Nottingham Trent FM Arena, Nottingham.
:: October 28, 29, 30, 31 - Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff.
:: November 2, 3 - Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool.
:: November 6, 7 - Belfast Odyssey Arena, Belfast.