Conductor Ben Foster in a scene from the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in the UK.
Conductor Ben Foster in a scene from the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in the UK. Chris Christodoulou.

A night out with Daleks and the QLD Symphony Orchestra

WITH Daleks and Cybermen roaming the aisles, the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is not your typical night out.

The concert, which was performed in the UK during last year's 50th anniversary celebrations of the long-running sci-fi

TV series, will be performed in Brisbane by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Making the long journey Down Under to host the live shows is Peter Davison, the fifth actor to play the Time Lord.

"I love the event because I did music at school and I'm a big fan of classical music," Davison told APN.

"It's a wonderful way to introduce children to live classical music."

A scene from the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in the UK. Supplied by Kath Rose Publicity. Please credit photo to Chris Christodoulou.
A scene from the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in the UK. Supplied by Kath Rose Publicity. Please credit photo to Chris Christodoulou.

The show will also feature specially filmed links from the fourth Doctor Tom Baker and will be conducted by Ben

Foster, who has conducted Murray Gold's music for Doctor Who since 2005.

Davison still finds it hard to believe the show is as popular as ever after half a century on the small screen.

"When I was the Doctor we did the 20th anniversary and I thought that was pretty good going," he said.

"I never thought it would get to 50 years. Obviously it had a little hiatus in the middle which breathed new life into it."

In between songs, Davison will share anecdotes from the show and specially edited sequences of Matt Smith's performance as the 11th Doctor will be projected on large screens.

Davison and the other actors who have played the Doctor over the years devoted much of last year to the various events and press surrounding the show's 50th anniversary.

It's a landmark role for any actor, Davison said, because the association with the show carries on long after any one actor's time in the Tardis has finished.

"It is the longest running job in show business, being Doctor Who," he said.

"You're always the Doctor you were; I will always be Doctor No 5. That surprised me. I thought when I left it would carry on for a couple of years and then the interest would wane and then I would have a successor.

"I didn't anticipate the interest would keep up for so long."

The show has a particular significance for Davison's family, with his daughter Georgia Moffett marrying the 10th Doctor David Tennant.

"When the series came back (from hiatus) the Doctors were younger and I was a younger doctor in the old series. I like to think I started a trend," he laughed.

Actor Peter Davison, pictured in a scene from the TV series Doctor Who, will host the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. Supplied by Kath Rose Publicity.
Actor Peter Davison, pictured in a scene from the TV series Doctor Who, will host the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. Supplied by Kath Rose Publicity.

"My son of course has grown up with younger Doctors and he was rather concerned (about an older actor being cast)," he said.

"I was reassuring him he'll love the new Doctor.

"I was talking to (executive producer) Steven Moffat about casting Peter and he said it was just so wonderful to meet someone that happy (about auditioning) that he offered him the part.

He (Peter) was a fan of the Doctor and he couldn't quite believe he'd been offered it."

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular plays the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on February 8.



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