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Doctor Who Showcase Symphonic Spectacular

BBC Showcase paid tribute to fifty years of the Doctor in Liverpool last Tuesday night with the Doctor Who Showcase Symphonic Spectacular – a celebration of Murray Gold’s epic music with some very special guests from across the galaxy.

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Hosted by Mark Williams, who played Rory’s Dad Brian, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Sense of Sound choir, ably conducted by Ben Foster, took fans on a whistle-stop tour of the Eleventh Doctors emotional highs and lows with some of the most exhilarating, tear jerking moments provided by soloists Keating-Roberts and Elin Manahan Thomas who, in particular, lent her voice to particularly moving soprano renderings of “Madman with a Box” and the gorgeous “Abigail’s Song.”

But wasn’t all heartache; the Daleks once again showed up to accost conductor Ben Foster, while other notable villains such as the Saturnyne ladies from Vampires of Venice whose hissing and teeth-baring reduced one terrified audience member to shrieks.

However, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house come the devastating climax, “The Final Chapter of Amelia Pond”, where even the most hardened of Whovian’s were reaching for the Kleenex once again as this beautiful piece played over heart-breaking scenes from The Angels Take Manhattan.

And with that final grace note, fans were left to reflex on the history of the Doctor and the emotional highs to come.

(Via BBC America’s Anglophenia)


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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