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Published on December 13th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

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Alternative Who

Plenty of Doctor Who news to cover this morning, but to start with it’s the non-Christmas Invasion stuff…

The history of Doctor Who done “live” is one filled with all sorts of pitfalls and problems – expensive scripts, cast becoming ill, etc, so it was a bit of a shock to see Media Guardian report on BBC Worldwide’s list of “live version” candidates and include Doctor Who in the list, alongside “The Tweenies” and the fearsome “Balamory Live”.

The general manager of live events at BBC Worldwide is Craig Stanley, who says:

“Live shows return substantial revenues back to the BBC. Exploring other sides of familiar characters on stage deepens an audience’s interaction with the characters, and enhances their overall enjoyment. Which is why I am absolutely confident of the potential of live stage adaptation for all sorts of audiences – not just kids.”

“Now we are in development with a live dance show inspired by Strictly Come Dancing. And there is also the possibility of a Doctor Who live show at some point in the future,”

unitnews.co.uk have recalled a an article from the latest DWM which adds further texture to the future of such a project:

This echoes comments made by Ian Grutchfield, Doctor Who Brand Manager, in the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine. Grutchfield told the magazine “plus we hope to, when the time is right, go into new off-screen activities. Maybe something that tours the UK, maybe even a Doctor Who world!”.

Elsewhere, The Business Online reports on the Doctor’s future travels via X-box…

BRITISH Telecom (BT) entered a new world last week. It signed a content deal with the BBC that will let viewers use ordinary phone lines to access archive material. The library will include classic series such as Doctor Who and more recent shows like Little Britain.

What this means is: if you purchase an Xbox 360 – future versions of which will include software allowing access to BT’s new entertainment services – and a Philips set-top box, you can view BT’s on-demand entertainment content.

Yet more avenues open for the once-forgotten Time Lord…

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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