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Published on November 5th, 2013 | by Danny_Weasel

The Doctor and Dancing

When you think of Doctor Who, you could be excused if one of the first things to pop into your mind wasn’t dance, but this month’s issue of ‘Dance Today’ plans to change your mind about that.

The article, written by Zoë Anderson, gives a look at how dance has been a part of the show’s heritage since its inception, whether we have noticed it or not, from Terry Nation’s observations of dancers movements and its influence on the final design of everyone’s  favorite diabolical pepper pots through to the modern dancers like new series creature performer Paul Kasey who is interviewed in the issue and how their profession has played a big part in shaping many of the shows most iconic creatures and their movements.

Having thought about this for a while it does seem to be something that has been overlooked by fans for a long time, just like the need to have actors rather than extras in the costumes of the Daleks, so it would seem obvious that you would need people with practiced poise and balance you can count on to be able to master a specific walk or shamble, with possibly limited visibility if any at all and still hit stage marks.

As such this article could well be quite informative and eye-opening.

Do you think there is more room for investigation into this? Should Strictly have a Whovian themed episode? As always leave us a comment below and fill us with your thoughts.

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3 Responses to The Doctor and Dancing

  1. avatar Al says:

    I wonder if they’ll touch on how “dance” is used as a metaphor for another activity in the series.

  2. avatar Ryan Gross says:

    I used to really enjoy the segments in Confidential where they would show the choreographer (who’s name escapes me) training the actors on how to move as the particular monster they’re portraying.

    I remember being really fascinated by her choreography choices for the how the scarecrows from Family of Blood and the cybermen should walk. It’s very subtle, but it’s very effective in making the monsters their particular kind of scary. It’s very much like a dance, and it’s a very under appreciated part of the show.

  3. avatar stlshawn says:

    That choreographer and the special effects guy (Danny) became celebrities in my house during Confidential era

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