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DUST off your cricket whites. The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will be hosted by fifth doctor Peter Davison.

Davison, who played the doctor between 1981 and 1984 in flannels, will host two Wellington shows in February based on the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in the UK.

He will share the stage with fourth Doctor Tom Baker (1974-1981), who will appear on screen in an especially filmed segment.

It will be the first time a doctor from the classic era of the series, which ceased production in 1989, has hosted such an event.

Earlier events have been hosted by recent Doctor Who companions, such as Freema Agyeman, who played Martha Jones, and Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond, with appearances from the 10th Doctor David Tennant and 11th Doctor Matt Smith.

Davison, who by some strange twist of the time vortex is now Tennant's father-in-law, made a surprise appearance in July at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Proms.

"I think they probably thought it went quite well," Davison said of him being picked to host the New Zealand event.

"I auditioned well so they gave me a large part. My career's on the up," he joked.

"It's a voyage of discovery for me really because I have not really done something like this before, but I am very excited about it because I think it's just a brilliant way of bringing orchestral music to people who maybe wouldn't usually go to a concert like that."

The February 21 and 22 concerts, at the TSB Bank Arena, will feature live music from Doctor Who's 50 years performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra accompanied by clips from the show and the appearance of some of the doctor's iconic foes such as the Daleks and the Cybermen.

"What really struck me when I went front of house at the Royal Albert Hall was how spectacular it is ... how fantastic it is to hear a live orchestra playing ... it's almost like having the best sound system in the world in your front room."

Davison, who will host two similar events in Australia before he lands in New Zealand, said there was little chance he would be accompanied by his daughter, Georgia Moffet, who played the doctor's daughter in the David Tennant era episode of the same name, or his son-in-law.

"David is busy filming and Georgia is busy looking after the family," he said.

People often ask if Davison and Tennant sit around the lunch table and discuss Doctor Who.

"We don't really, although we discuss lots of things that surround Doctor Who. You know, how it affects one's life."

Davison wrote and produced his own farcical 50th anniversary Doctor Who story, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, a 30-minute online special which includes five(ish) of the actors who played the doctor.

"At first it was going to be a very small affair, with hopefully the same people in it, with just me filming it on my video camera, but I knew I needed to film at the Doctor Who studios so I sent them a script to get clearance to do that and they said 'well, we like this and we'd like to give you a small camera crew to help you film it'," Davison said. The farce includes an appearance by Sir Peter Jackson on the hunt for Radagast the Wizard actor Sylvester McCoy, who played the seventh doctor.

"I just sent him (Sylvester) an email and asked him if he wouldn't mind doing it ... I got this email back from Peter Jackson ... It was fantastic of them to do it, it really was, because he was still in the thick of everything."

Davison said the studios would be "fools" not to take Jackson up on an offer he has made to "direct an episode of Doctor Who".

"I mean it would be amazing. Yeah, I think it would be a terrific idea. He might come down to Earth with a bump, after the epics ... Doctor Who is still fairly small-scale compared to a $500m picture." Fairfax NZ

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Time lord: Sir Peter Jackson gets the news Sylvester McCoy has done a bunk from The Hobbit in Peter Davison's online Doctor Who farce The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

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