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Doctor Who Symphonic Down Under

10/11/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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One of interest for Australian Doctor Who fans, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has announced that Mark Sheppard, will host the Australian first – and only – performances of Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Melbourne in February 2012.

Sheppard, who appears as ex-FBI agent Canton Everett Delaware III in the two-part opener of season 6 of Doctor Who, will join the MSO on stage along with a host of live monsters such as Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon, Clockwork Robots, and the Doctor’s latest monstrous opponents, the Silence. d148

A long-standing fan of Doctor Who, Sheppard says he is very excited to be part of the live event.

“Doctor Who is such a fantastic show and the fans’ loyalty is incredible. The music has been a key component in the success of the show; it’s instantaneously identifiable and spine-tingling. I can't wait to hear the sounds of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - and the TARDIS - filling Plenary Hall,” Sheppard told SFcrowsnest.

Inspired by the BBC Doctor Who Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London, the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will see the MSO, conducted by Ben Foster, premiere Murray Gold’s music from the last two television series.

The performance will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments from the recent series and edited sequences showcasing Matt Smith’s performance as the Eleventh Doctor.

“We are delighted that Mark is able to join us as host for this musical celebration of the ever-popular BBC television series,” Matthew VanBesien, MSO Managing Director said. “Music is a huge part of the Doctor Who series and the MSO is excited to be able to share this unique concert experience with fans from Melbourne and all around Australia.”

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will perform Saturday 4th February 2012 at 2pm and 7pm, at the Plenary Hall, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Victoria, Australia.

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