Hayden and Matt’s recent visit to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular set them pondering as to whether Doctor Who works in a stage format. Therefore, in this week’s podcast, the Four Faces of Delusion look at the history of Doctor Who on stage – Curse of the Daleks, Seven Keys to Doomsday, The Ultimate Adventure, The Trial of Davros and Doctor Who Live: The Monsters are Coming.
Along the way we see C3PO and Princess Leia go toe to toe with Nick Briggs, Murray Gold “accidentally” bumps into Hayden and insists on a selfie with the noted podcaster, we learn of the Satanic message hidden within the Series 8 music when played backwards, Matt reveals his secret for getting Doctor Who Proms tickets, we explore the links between Peter Miles and Peter Gabriel and Doc explains the Rule of Seven in TV sci-fi. Arm yourself for future pub quizzes as we work out which was the first ever scene in which a Doctor kisses a companion – and it isn’t what you might think (Benton doesn’t count as a companion).
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“The Curse of the Daleks” was a Dalek stage play, written by David Whitaker and Terry Nation, which appeared for one month at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London beginning 21 December 1965. It was later adapted as a Big Finish audio play.
“(Doctor Who and the Daleks in the) Seven Keys to Doomsday” was a stage play which ran at the Adelphi Theatre in London for four weeks, beginning on 16 December 1974. It was later adapted as a Big Finish audio play.
Here is the episode of “Return of the Jedi – the Expanded Radio Dramatisation” which knocks Big Finish into a cocked hat when it comes to observational dialogue (a.k.a. shoehorning stage directions into a script). The scene Hayden mentions in the podcast can be found from 1 min 15 secs onwards.
“The Trial of Davros” is a theatrical production written by Kevin Taylor and Michael Wisher for Hyde Fundraisers, a group of science fiction fans who make and appear in replica costumes from TV series and films such as Doctor Who and Star Wars to raise funds for various charities. The play was performed twice, in 1993 and 2005.
“The Crash of the Elysium” is a one-hour theatrical work created originally for children by the British company Punchdrunk, centred on the unexplained disappearance of a Victorian steamer named the Elysium and its investigation by the Eleventh Doctor. It premiered at MediaCityUK in Salford from 1 to 17 July 2011 as part of the Manchester International Festival, with a central narrative idea from Steven Moffat and written by Tom MacRae.
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