Doctor Who News The cast of the live adaptation of Robots of Death

Published on July 18th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

A Female Commander Uvanov?!

The cast of the live adaptation of Robots of Death

Where in the world could you find a version of The Robots of Death in which most of the main characters have had gender swaps? Why, Manchester’s FAB Cafe, of course, where the classic serial is being given a fascinating adaptation from July 22nd.

Produced with the gracious approval of writer Chris Boucher, the Fourth Doctor and Leela adventure has been reimagined with the main characters from the spinoff Kaldor City audio series (for obvious reasons). Unlike the premier performance, Kaston Iago is this time played not by Paul Darrow but don’t let that put you off – the show is bound to be excellent.

Above, you can see the casting of Dask, Toos and Commander Uvanov. They all look rather impressive, don’t you think?

But wait, why the gender-specific recasting? Was this a conscious thing? Are their too few male actors prepared to wear eye makeup (unlikely in Manchester)?

Then again – who cares?! This is a classic Doctor Who serial, reimagined as a live show and you really shouldn’t think about missing it! Running from Sunday, July 22nd (three performances) until Tuesday 24th, tickets are £8 and available now from Quaytickets.

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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+.




2 Responses to A Female Commander Uvanov?!

  1. avatar Steve Gray says:

    Is there a cast list for this, as I think I may know the lovely lady centre in the picture shown? (But want to make sure).


    • There is, Steve, and it’s coming up in a new article later today…

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