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Published on June 24th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

MacRae’s “Big Surprise”

Ahead of the release of Series 2 writer Tom MacRae’s new Doctor Who stage play The Crash of the Elysium, the man himself has given some insight into what we can expect from the stage production and also a little trickle of information regarding his new Doctor Who episode that airs as the second half of series six.

Tom was last involved in Doctor Who when he wrote Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel for David Tennant’s first series as the Doctor. Since then he’s been missing in action (largely) until suddenly this year, he’s back and eager to offer us more Who, as can be seen in his recent interview in The Telegraph!

The Crash of the Elysium is still to reveal more details but it seems that it will be an interactive adventure for children to participate in, MacRae stated:

“The instruction to the actors is – here’s the information, if the kids ask you questions you’ve got everything you need. If all they want to do is press the buttons let them do that!”

Talking about his episode written for the Eleventh Doctor which will air later this year on BBC One, the writer was cryptic but reveals enough to make it a must see:

“We didn’t do much location filming, and the way the guest characters work is unusual, so no one knows anything about my episode…I’m amazed we’ve kept it this secret because there’s a really big surprise in it. All I will say is that it’s an unusual episode and it’s really great.”

A really big surprise eh? Now what could be more surprising than all the surprises that we’ve already had this year?

Guess we’ll have to wait a few months to see…

The Crash of the Elysium will begin its run at MediaCityUK Studios, Salford Quays (0161 876 2198), from June 30 to July.

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