AFTER five decades of time travel, Doctor Who will enter a new dimension later this year with the first ever live stage show.
Giant Cybermen and Daleks will all do battle with the good Doctor during the multi-million pound tour that comes to the Trent FM Arena in the autumn.
It will feature special effects, optical illusions and pyrotechnics, plus video clips drawn from the TV series on a huge screen.
“This is everything I ever wanted since I was eleven,” says Steven Moffat, executive producer of the award-winning TV series, who has helped put the live show together.
“It’s a live show, with all the coolest Doctor Who monsters, a proper story and brand new screen material for Matt Smith's Doctor! I'll be writing scenes for it and probably attending every single night!”
Neither Smith, the 11th actor to play the Time Lord, nor his assistant Karen Gillan, will appear in person. They will record new footage exclusively for the show to be broadcast on screen.
The story will open in wartime London and conclude with “an epic onstage battle”. Other monsters from the TV series who will appear include Weeping Angels, Judoon and Oods.
The show is produced by the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.
A 16-piece orchestra, conducted by longtime Doctor Who composer Murray Gold, will soundtrack the two hour show.
Said Gold: “The live element always adds something extra, but these will also be brand new arrangements for a new band of very talented musicians. It's very exciting.”
Doctor Who Live will be the latest TV show to be developed for the stage, following The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice.
The tour comes to the Trent FM Arena for two performances October 25 and 26.
Nottingham is just one of nine cities on the tour which is expected to be seen by 400,000 people.
Geoff Huckstep, chief executive at the Trent FM Arena said: “This will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It'll be a real treat for the whole family – especially those big Doctor Who fans.
“We’re all excited to see exactly how the format will work as the show has never been performed live on stage - it’s definitely going to be this winter’s must see event.”
Tickets went on sale today (Friday) priced at £25, £34.50 and £38.50.
They are available from the venue box office, by calling 08444 124 624 and online atwww.trentfmarena.com.
More information about the show is available at www.doctorwholive.com
Doctor Who facts
Doctor Who first appeared on BBC on November 23 1963.
It is the longest running science fiction TV show in the world.
The 2007 Christmas special attracted 13.31 million viewers, its biggest ever audience.
The current series is broadcast in 42 countries.
More than seven million Doctor Who action figures have been sold.
The show won Most Popular Drama at the 2010 National Television Awards for the fifth year running.
Steven Spielberg is a fan saying: “The world would be a lesser place without Doctor Who.”