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Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Plenary Hall, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, February 4

2pm and 7pm (sold out)

Bookings, ph: 13 61 00 or visit

THE Daleks, the perennial nemesis of Doctor Who, are coming to Australia ... though, strictly speaking, it's not an invasion.

Not when they're flying Qantas. But do Daleks travel economy, business or first class?

"The Daleks," deadpans British actor Mark Sheppard, "travel in any class they like."

The Daleks, Cybermen, the Silence and other monsters, with Sheppard, are on their way here as part of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.

The concert is a celebration of Murray Gold's rousing soundtrack from the TV series, accompanied by highlights of Matt Smith's portrayal of the Time Lord on a screen behind the orchestra.

Sheppard acts as the show's MC. Fans will recognise him as FBI agent Canton Delaware from the most recent series of Doctor Who.

He has also appeared in cult TV shows such as Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, Dollhouse and Supernatural, among others.

"I've been connected with several shows that have had fabulous incidental music as well as score, and it's such an important part of the package as a whole," he says. "You watch a show like Doctor Who without music and there's a big difference. And what's amazing is when you isolate the music and hear it performed, it's even grander. It adds another dimension."

Australian composer Ron Grainer -- along with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop -- introduced the world to Doctor Who's swirling, spooky electronic theme in 1963.

When Doctor Who was rebooted in 2005, composer Murray Gold gave the show a bolder, more symphonic soundtrack.

Sheppard says he jumped at the chance to be involved in the Symphonic Spectacular, based on a successful Doctor Who Pops format from the UK.

"Seeing the music performed live at the Symphonic Spectacular is an incredible way to add yet another layer to the (Doctor Who) experience," he says. "It takes what is normally an inorganic event and makes it truly organic.

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