Published on October 22nd, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
Doctor Who Live Reviews Roundup
Opinion appears to be mixed about the live show, while the general consensus appears to be that the show is great, the matter is divided as to whether all age groups can enjoy it.
One fan, Daniel Wainwright commented:
â€œThe only way to enjoy this show properly is to take children. For a lifelong superfan like me it doesnâ€™t really workâ€¦the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, only appears on the giant video screen and the rest of the performance is taken up mainly by Nigel Planer (Neil from The Young Ones) prancing around like a panto villain while a bunch of people dressed up as the monsters from Doctor Who wander around and glare up close at a few childrenâ€¦going as an adult with no child companion, itâ€™s an expensive let-down.â€
But whilst he may have been disappointed in one aspect, there was some light at the end of the tunnel:
â€œThe live orchestra, however, is wonderful and really brings out the power of Murray Goldâ€™s incredible soundtrackâ€¦to the youngsters this is one of the most exciting nights they will have all year.â€
A report by the Kirkintilloch Herald gave the show a much more positive review, claiming that the live show was the culmination of five years of the revived series showing off its best aspects.
Despite the lack of Matt Smith, who pre-recorded his parts, the story manages to engage its audience who must save the Doctor from Vorgenson, fantastically played by Nigel Planner, and the clutches of his most famous adversaries, the Daleks. The show even managed to do something which the new series has often failed to do.
It naturally combined the original Doctor Who of old with the new show, causing Cybermen and Daleks to spout lines which they had not said since the 1970s, much to the delight of older fans in the audience, who were also quick to pick up on a cameo appearance by Nick Briggs, the voice of the Daleks, as Winston Churchill… the chance to help stop an alien invasion of Earth and rescue a man who thinks fezzes are cool is an opportunity that should not be missed.