BBC Worldwide has announced that Nigel Planer (The Young Ones, We Will Rock You, Evita, Chicago) will be joining the cast for the forthcoming audio/visual spectacular – Doctor Who Live.

Planer will play the part of Vorgenson, a character exclusively adapted for the tour by the television programme’s Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat.  The new character is described as an ‘inter-galactic showman’ who is the Doctor’s biggest fan. 

Nigel Planer comments:  “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Doctor Who Live and this role is something of a boyhood dream come true. My character Vorgenson, who has been developed specially for the show by Steven Moffat, is the Greatest Showman in the Galaxy and using his incredible invention, ‘The Minimiser’, he can make any Doctor Who character appear on stage as part of his travelling show dedicated to his hero.   This live tour brings all the magic of the TV show together with a host of incredible effects. I hope that I can survive visiting nine cities in October sharing a stage with eleven Doctor Who Monsters and a flying Dalek in tow!”

The stage show will follow Vorgenson on an inter-galactic journey as he summons monsters in his Minimiser for the audience to see. Matt Smith will appear as the Doctor in specially filmed sequences to be shown on a giant screen on stage.

Craig Stanley, Doctor Who Live’s Producer says: “This show has something for everyone – Doctor Who fans, of course – but also anyone with a love of incredible illusions, immersive storytelling, magical music, scary monsters, and intergalactic heroes.”

In a further announcement, the producers have revealed that Nick Briggs, famous for voicing some of the scariest Doctor Who monsters including the Daleks and Cybermen, is onboard to replicate his voice talents live on stage every night. Briggs will also portray Winston Churchill, who is summoned by Vorgenson through his Minimiser.

Doctor Who Live will also feature a spectacular array of stunts and illusions designed by Britain’s premiere illusionists, The Twins. Audiences will be in for a treat as they witness a flying Dalek. The Twins have come to prominence in the last few years by designing the illusion of flying without wires, and they have a reputation for large scale stunts including making an elephant disappear live on stage. They have taught magic tricks to the likes of Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The new stage show, based upon the BBC’s smash-hit, award-winning series Doctor Who, promises to deliver a spectacular audio/visual experience featuring live music, special effects and appearances from the show’s most popular monsters including Daleks, Cybermen, Scarecrows, Oods and Silurian.

Taking in nine cities and 25 dates, Doctor Who Live kicks off in London at Wembley Arena on 8th October, and will visit Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff and Liverpool, culminating in Belfast on the 7th November.

With an out-of-this-world set, Doctor Who Live will feature special FX, optical illusions and spectacular pyrotechnics building to an epic finale. Specially edited video clips, drawn from the TV programme will be shown on a massive screen and accompanied by the music of longtime Doctor Who composer Murray Gold. These iconic scores will be brought to life by a live band on stage.

Doctor Who Live has been conceived as a fully immersive music and monsters spectacular and promises the same excitement, adventure and suspense that viewers have come to expect from the TV programme.  Please note that actors from the TV series will not be appearing live on stage.

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Entertainment Has Gone to the Dogz, ‘The Wizard of Dogz’

If you’re watching the new show ‘Over the Rainbow’ – the search for Dorothy – you might be interested in ‘Wizard of Dogz’Andrew Lloyd Webber is looking for Dorothy’s Toto.

To highlight the search for Toto, BBC has created a short Wizard of Oz film where all the good characters are played by dogs and the baddies played by cats. 

Toto Open Auditions were scheduled to take place on 6th and 7th April at The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire where 10 dogs were to have been selected (5 of the 10 to be selected by the panel to continue into the competition).  The panel of judges working with Lloyd Webber include Jodie Prenger (winner of I’d Do Anything and Nancy in Oliver), Gerry Cott (animal trainer to the stars) and Sarah Fisher (animal behaviour expert).  Viewers won’t be able to vote for the cute little four-legged stars. The winner will appear in a one-off gala performance of The Wizard of Oz in the West End next year.

This is a time when we won’t mind entertainment going to the Dogz!

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Could you be Webber’s Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz?

Really Useful Group has announced their search to start looking for Dorothy in a BBC TV series. Andrew Lloyd Webber who had solved the problem to find Maria, Joseph his dreamcoat and Nancy.

Now he’s searching for a Dorothy to star in his new West End stage production of The Wizard of Oz.

Auditions are open to everyone, no matter how much or how little experience you have. What they looking for is the potential to make the part of Dorothy your own.

Nationwide auditions for Dorothy begin in January 2010. All applicants must have been aged 16 or over by
26 June 2009.

If you think you are the girl for the role, were aged 16 or over on 26 June this year, and would like to take part in a BBC TV series to find Dorothy, log on to find out more.