MONDAY 26 AUGUST at 16.00 on BBC1 and BBC1 HD
DR WHO AT THE PROMS
Highlights from the concert first broadcast in July
According to the Radio Times:
The BBC and the Albert Hall put on a truly fabulous show for lucky fans of all ages who jammed into the building back in July. There have been two Doctor Who Proms in recent years, but all the stops are pulled out for this, the golden anniversary concert. The immensely likeable Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman playfully interrupt the proceedings, as do Carole Ann Ford (the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan way back in 1963), fifth Doctor Peter Davison and a menagerie of monsters from Daleks to Vampires.
The musical choices are, in the main, a showcase for composer Murray Gold, whose stirring themes since 2005 can certainly energise a vast hall and are well matched by clips packages. But the highlight for die-hards is the all-too-brief “classic medley” from the early years. On the night, the great Dudley Simpson, now 90, had flown in from Australia especially to hear his work performed in the Albert Hall. Long ago, I spent an afternoon with him playing over his Who oeuvre (1964–80) so I know how much this honour means to him.
The other heroes of the evening, though, are Neve McIntosh and Dan Starkey who, as the main hosts, braved a baking auditorium in latex masks as the Time Lord’s monster-buddies Vastra and Strax.
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