THRILLING news at ScyFi Love Towers – a Doctor Who Live show will be touring the UK this year – including Liverpool.
The show is described as a mixture of live action, music, monsters, special effects and film clips, like the Doctor Who Proms and Star Wars In Concert.
And I have known about this since Friday but had to keep quiet because of embargos, which nearly drove me mad!
I feel much better now though!
Doctor Who’s executive producer Steven Moffat, who developed the show concept and will be writing scenes for it, said: “This is everything I ever wanted since I was 11.
“A live show, with all the coolest Doctor Who monsters, a proper story, and brand new screen material for Matt Smith’s Doctor.”
Opening in wartime London and concluding in an epic onstage battle, audiences are being told to expect the unexpected as the Doctor’s arch-enemies the Daleks are joined by some of the best-loved and most terrifying monsters from the TV series, including the Cybermen, Weeping Angels, Judoon and Oods to name but a few.
It will visit London, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, and Belfast between October 8 and November 7, staying at each venue for a few nights.
Crucially for me, the Liverpool Echo Arena will play host to Who between November 1-3 and my tickets will be booked as soon as they go on sale at 9am on May 21. Prices are between £25 and £38.50. The ECHO Arena box office number is 0844 8000 400.
Two points though.
I went to see Star Wars in Concert which is a very similar idea and was nearly crushed by disappointment. Why?
The ‘specially-edited clips’ in that show made no sense whatsoever, and instead seemed to have been designed to piss off anyone who had watched the films, even in passing.
The people behind Who must strike that balance better by making them entertaining but true to their original form.
And secondly, the show and accompanying souvenirs were massively overpriced which led to a half-empty venue, echoey sound quality and real lack of atmosphere – a major damp squib.
Who’s tickets have to bring in families as well as fanboys, with realistic pricing for everyone and not an attempt to bilk people who it is assumed will pay whatever price because of their love for the show.
If those concerns are addressed, and the £20 ticket prices seem reasonable even if the £38.50 ones don’t, then it should be a hell of a night!