RiAus, Australia’s national science hub, in collaboration with BBC Worldwide, is to bring a live stage event exploring scientific mysteries raised by Doctor Who, to the five main cities of Australia later this year.
The show will use scenes from the series and look at time travel, regeneration, teleportation and just why the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. Hosted by comedian Rob Lloyd, it features eminent scientists, who also happen to be Doctor Who fans, exploring some of the science-reality behind the fiction.
On the team is Dr Martin White, a particle astrophysicist at the University of Adelaide, Dr Allie Ford, a science communicator at Monash University, Dr Alan Duffy, an astrophysicist at the University of Melbourne and David Jennens, a physicist from the University of Melbourne working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Audiences are encouraged to bring along their smartphones and join in the fun and will get an opportunity to decide which Doctor Who alien will take over the universe.
Helen Pendlebury, head of Entertainment for BBC Worldwide ANZ comments
2013 was a huge year for Doctor Who fans with the 50th Anniversary celebrations. We're excited to be working with RiAus in bringing this new interactive and educational live show to audiences around the country. We're hoping fans will come away, not only entertained, but also informed by some of the scientific theories explored in Doctor Who storylines
RiAus is dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of science in Australia. The director, Dr Paul Willis, said
This will give everyone something to talk about for a long time to come. As well as showcasing the famous Time Lord through clips of his memorable moments, it will also take a look at the aliens and monsters made famous by the series. the audience will learn some interesting science facts and learn what the fiction behind Doctor Who is all about.
Tickets go on exclusive pre-sale for RiAus members and Doctor Who Club Australia Members on 7 February 2014, with general ticket sales opening at 10am on 11 February 2014
•Perth - 26 April - Octagon Theatre, University of Western Australia
•Brisbane - 10 May - Plaza Auditorium, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
•Sydney - 23, 24, 25 May - Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre
•Adelaide - 31 May - Norwood Concert Hall, Norwood Town Hall
•Melbourne - 13, 14, 15 June - Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse
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