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.