Current Adelaide resident studying a Bachelor of Meda (Journalism) at UoA. Also, has a replica Hobbit sword so there is that.
Monsters, music and fun, what's not to love?
It's back! The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is back with a brand new, never seen before show in 2015. The 2015 tour is hosted by the Fifth Doctor Peter Davison. Conductor Ben Foster returns once again to Australia to conduct local musicians. The first performance kicked of in Adelaide on the 24th of January. The tour will now move around Australia before heading over to New Zealand and then eventually back to the UK for a run there.
Remaining tour dates and locations
January 31 -Perth - Perth Arena February 7 - Sydney - Qantas Credit Union Arena February 15 - Auckland - Vector Arena
Now that we've covered the basics let's get into the nitty gritty of the review. Now this review may contain some spoilers so please be aware of that, but hopefully none that will ruin the show.
Ben Foster conducts local musicians in the works of Murray Gold the composer for Doctor Who. Foster's interactions with the various monsters and even Peter Davison are filled with sass and destroy the stereotype of the stuffy conductor. Foster's ability to conduct and orchestrate music is to be commended (even from the less musically inclined such as myself).
Ben Foster fends off the Dalek invasion with a sonic baton
Peter Davison made an amusing host. Peter Davison is well known by Doctor Who fans for playing the 5th Doctor. They chose well for the host with Davison as he encouraged the laughs. He included many local jokes and references into his monologues which is always important. He genuinely came across as glad to be in Australia and to be hosting the show. He was a delight the entire evening. I won't ruin his jokes, but let's just say Colin Baker (the 6th Doctor) may be mentioned.
The monsters are truly a delight. From the invasion of Daleks and the Silence, to the Cyberman who doesn't like flash photography and the various other monsters. The show includes many new and old favourites throughout the night. The monsters take a wander around the audience members and are greeted with laughs, screams or the odd squeaking sounds. The actors inside the costumes, except for a few, are all locally sourced talent. That means that in every city the majority will be local dancers and actors.
Cybermen standing guard
The music is obviously first rate. The majority of the music selection comes from the 12th Doctor's most recent season (season 8). Although there are a few old tunes in the mix. Some may recognise "Gallifrey" from The Day of the Doctor or "Pandorica Opens" from Matt Smith's time as the Doctor. There are even a few surprise scores thrown in from even earlier Doctor's and Companions, but I will leave those a surprise.
The monsters are here.....
Overall, the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is just that a spectacular. This night out will surely entertain the most die hard of Who fans, no matter their age. So don't miss out and get your tickets now before you miss out.