Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Peter Davison to Host Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular


18 December 2014

Peter Davison to Host Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular With special recorded contributions from Tom Baker

Click for big version.

Legendary Fifth Doctor Peter Davison is heading to New Zealand next year as the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular makes its New Zealand debut at the 2014 New Zealand Festival with a new show based on the UK’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Proms.  Davison will host the show, which will also feature specially filmed links from Fourth Doctor Tom Baker who recently had a cameo role in the 50th Anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.

Davison, who played the Doctor between 1981-1984 said: “I am really looking forward to coming to New Zealand as part of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour, as well as coming face to face with any Daleks or Cybermen who may turn up along the way. The music of Doctor Who is amazing and nothing can compare to hearing it performed ‘live’ by an orchestra the calibre of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.”

Also taking to the stage at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington is renowned conductor Ben Foster.   Foster has orchestrated and conducted Murray Gold's music for Doctor Who since 2005, comprising 83 episodes to date, as well as concerts at the BBC Proms, Doctor Who Live and previous performances of Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.

Foster said: “I am delighted to be back on tour with Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.  Doctor Who has been such a big part of my life for such a long time – it’s great to share this experience with so many fans.”

A musical celebration of the iconic BBC series, Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular features Murray Gold’s captivating music, accompanied by specially edited sequences of Matt Smith’s performance as the Eleventh Doctor on the big screen. A host of monsters including the spine-chilling Silence, awe-inspiring Daleks and Cybermen will add to the electric atmosphere. Inspired by the Doctor Who Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, the 2014 show contains all-new content including the latest music from the 50th Anniversary episode and forthcoming Christmas episode The Time of the Doctor, Smith’s final performance as The Doctor. The event will also feature a look back at some of the previous Doctors, music from the last five decades and performances of audience favourites from the 2012 show.

Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in November this year with the simultaneous broadcast of The Day of the Doctor in 94 countries across six continents, which achieved the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama. In addition to the TV broadcast, the episode was screened in over 1,500 cinemas worldwide, including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, UK, US, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. 

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will appear as part of the New Zealand Festival at the TSB Bank Arena, Wellington on21 and 22 February. Tickets are available from or Ticketek.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Christchurch: Fixing Town Hall Means Performing Arts Precinct Rethink

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $127.5 million fixing the Town Hall means not all the land currently designated for the city’s Performing Arts Precinct is required, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>


With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>


Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>


Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>


Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news