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  • Publication: The Age
  • Date: 2013-08-05
  • Author: Annabel Ross
  • Page: 37
  • Language: English

In January, two months after the 50th-anniversary episode of the world's most enduring sci-fi series goes to air, Melbourne will play host to what is being dubbed the world premiere of the latest Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.

It's not the first time the Symphonic Spectacular has travelled to Australian shores - in 2012, the show had nine Australian dates, including seven nights at the Opera House - but following a 50th-anniversary Proms concert in London last month, the 2014 incarnation seems likely to deliver on the bigger and better claims.

Two Melbourne concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and one Brisbane show, with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, have been announced. Composer Murray Gold says the 2014 spectacular will borrow from the Proms program.

"Because Doctor Who is an ongoing show, we like to play music from the most recent episodes," he says. "Matt Smith's tenure [as Doctor Who] in the role is going to end and the 50th-anniversary episode is going to happen so there's bound to be a focus on that."

The new Doctor Who was due to be announced in Britain on Sunday night (5am Monday Australian time). Peter Capaldi, seen in TV's The Thick of It and The Hour, is considered a frontrunner for the role.

Gold, who occasionally plays piano during the performances, has been Doctor Who musical director since 2005, when the series was relaunched for the first time in 15 years.

Writer Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk) was charged with garnering interest among a new generation of viewers who were more likely to be spending time on the internet than in front of the TV, and Gold's score had to match the melodrama of the new scripts.

"The music became very grand, eventually it became fully orchestral, a kind of filmic soundtrack, and each of the characters developed their own story in musical terms," Gold says. I Am the Doctor, the theme he wrote for Smith as the latest Doctor, is a personal favourite.

"I write music for drama. The success or failure of it is how much it encapsulates a moment in the show, or how much it encapsulates the character, and I thought that did a pretty good job," he says. "Sometimes I'll hear it on the train, because someone might have it as their ringtone, and that makes me smile."

Smith hosted the Doctor Who Proms last month, and while the presence of some of the show's monsters, including the Daleks and Cybermen and the more recent, super-sinister Silence,has been confirmed at next year's Australian Spectacular, it's unsure if we'll be graced with special guests.

Former Doctor David Tennant made a popular appearance here last year, but Gold says even he was surprised by the cameo of the Doctor's first screen companion, played by Carole Ann Ford, now 73, at the Proms this year.

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will be held at Plenary Hall, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, on January 31 and February 1.

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