Published on November 22nd, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds
The Days Of The Doctor at Cheltenham Christmas Lights Switch-On
Mere hours before The Day of the Doctor airs across the global comes The Days of the Doctor, a 50th Anniversary parody play about a special that’s yet to air (altogether: “Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey”)
The play, taking place at the Cheltenham Christmas Lights Switch-On, The Main Stage, The Brewery Complex, Cheltenham, is written and produced by Barnaby Eaton-Jones (author of Who’s Playing Who and Lemon) and sees The Offstage Theatre Group spin forward in time to watch the special and then spiralling back with enough jokes to make the familiarly strange strangely familiar.
This fast-paced comedy, featuring the mysterious John Hurt Doctor as ‘The Storyteller’, telling a Christmas Carol of a tale featuring a wicked old man and his time-travelling blue box, will entertain and delight children and adults alike – focussing on the new series of ‘Doctor Who’ (featuring the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctor, with respective companions) with a few ‘classic’ era references; including an appearance by the Doctor’s trusty robot dog, K9, and Captain Jack Harkness.
The play completes a ten-year mission for the travelling theatre troupe which has seen them travel to Los Angeles to perform at ‘Gallifrey’ – the biggest Doctor Who convention in the world; where over 600 fans saw their final production, which featured Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker.
This nice ‘coda’ brings it back to how it started out – a small cast, a funny script, and a celebration of the show we all love.
Writer (and occasional Kasterborous reviewer) Barnaby Eaton-Jones said:
Having headlined the Christmas Lights Switch-On with my Blues Brothers Reloaded show a few years ago, we’re delighted to be asked back to perform our tribute to ‘Doctor Who’ just before the BBC’s anniversary show gets simultaneously broadcast around the entire world!
It’s a Christmas story with a time-travelling twist, that will see the mysterious Doctor (as played by John Hurt) reveal who he is and what he’s planning to do to disrupt Christmas.
The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group have been brought out of our retirement from all things ‘Doctor Who’ to regenerate again and to take hold of the TARDIS controls once more. So, come with us on a silly journey to Gallifrey and beyond. We’re back and it’s about time-wimey.
This production was first commissioned by Fantom Films for the Avoncroft Museum’s ‘Time-Travelling Family Fun Day’ in Worcestershire, earlier in November, but this new version features a Christmas theme, Cheltenham-centric jokes and a comedy song to end proceedings, which the audience can participate in.
Demelsa Coleman, Marketing Manager, The Brewery, commented:
We are delighted to be celebrating the 50 anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’, especially on the actual day of the anniversary itself, with ‘The Days of the Doctor’ spoof from The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group.
It will be part of a spectacular line-up of entertainment, which includes music and dance from a diverse range of performers (before and after the Christmas Lights make their debut across Cheltenham, with Father Christmas arriving to switch on the magical display).
You can arrive in a TARDIS or just on foot but, however you choose to get here, it’s all totally free and will be the perfect way to begin your Christmas festivities.
It will also feature as the end to the ‘Who’s Playing Who?’ book, by Miwk Publishing, that tells the story of the theatre group’s amazing journey through the world of Doctor Who conventions.
The Days of the Doctor, a 50th anniversary parody play, written by Barnaby Eaton-Jones and directed by Kim Jones, takes place at the Main Stage, The Brewery Complex, Cheltenham, UK on Saturday 23rd November at 16:40pm – with free entry.