Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Monsters Are Coming!

This post is for my friend David (Hi, David!) who wanted a rundown on the Doctor Who Live show we went to see. Also, he steadfastly refuses to go on Facebook, so...

Ok, setting the scene. Matt and I went to Glasgow at lunchtime, pottered about a bit, and had some lunch.


Matt was drinking his Coke out of a semi-formed ice cube. Don't ask me why.


How swarthy do I look in comparison to Matt? We had stamped our hands to show the Judoon that we had already been categorised.

We were both wearing our Dalek t-shirts. A lady on the train had said to us "Are you going to the show?" When we said yes, she said "I went yesterday. It was amazing!" And then we looked around, and there did seem to be quite a few DW-themed clothing items on people in the carriage.

Now to the show!

The show's full title is Doctor Who Live: The Monsters Are Coming. Quick synopsis goes like this: our host, an intergalactic showman named Vorgenson, and the Doctor's biggest fan, has invented The Minimiser, in which he has trapped a range of the Doctor's enemies (and also the Judoon, who don't really count as enemies). He can keep them there, and bring them out during his shows to thrill his audiences. By pulling Winston Churchill forward in time, he manages to lure the Doctor to his show. Then he traps him in the Minimiser. The Doctor must escape the prison, and find out who is the shadowy force behind Vorgenson's plans.

I must admit that about 90% of my photos look something like this. But I've dug out what I can. I am sad to admit that I don't have any photos of the Silurians (last seen in The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood), Judoon (last seen in The End of Time / The Pandorica Opens), Smilers and Liz 10 (The Beast Below), or the Saturnyne Sisterhood (The Vampires of Venice),

There was a choir that sometimes turned up on stage along with the orchestra. And on the left in this picture is a woman who was playing the most awesome cello.

Very British. This is when Winston Churchill popped up.

When the Weeping Angels (Blink, The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone) appeared on stage, and on the screen as the video loop, there was a big commotion at the back of the arena, where some 'police' came bursting in. And of course, everyone turned to look. And that's when the Angels moved for the first time.

When the various species were introduced, they often entered from the back of the arena, and spent some time freaking out unsuspecting members of the audience. It was shown up on the big screen over the stage, so you could see small children (hopefully not literally) crapping themselves with fear. When the Smilers and Liz 10 showed up, I whispered to Matt "They'd better not come near me. I fucking HATE the Smilers." At which, Matt pointed to the one standing three rows behind us. *shudder*
The Scarecrows (Human Nature / Family of Blood) were very well done.

Accidentally arty-farty shot of the Clockwork Robots (The Girl in the Fireplace).

Cybermen! This was very nicely scripted. They are a lot scarier in the flesh... er... metal than they are on TV, and they were marching through the audience. Then they pulled a man from the audience (clearly he was part of the show), marched him up on to the stage, and shoved him through a doorway to be 'upgraded', at which point there were horrible screeching noises and showers of sparks. And then a new Cyberman marched out. Pretty damn cool.

SPOILER! It was the Daleks behind the plan all along! Surprise!

The Doctor showed up only in specially filmed video clips.

Strategist, Drone, Scientist, Eternal (Victory of the Daleks).

How do you stop the Daleks? Cybermen with Anti-Dalekanium plasma bolts!

Hooray! Everything's ok!

Aww, crap. Flying Supreme Dalek.

It was an awesome show. I don't think Matt even blinked or breathed throughout the first half, and not just because of the Weeping Angels.

Giant peacock on the way back to the station.

Vintage sewing machines!

WTF, phone? I realise I'd pressed the wrong button, but 'apesnod'?

All in all, it was the best day out we've had in ages. And the show was... well, the show was apesnod indeed.

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At 6:12 pm, Blogger DavePrime said...

Well Done!! i wish we could have been there with you, it looked like a WONDERFUL time!

Great "reporting", btw. :)

captcha= shemmil Whatever the heck THAT means! LOL

At 6:36 pm, Blogger Shawna said...

Looks like it was awesome! Wish I could have been there, too. :-)

At 7:28 pm, Blogger Hieronymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to say! There were loads of kids dressed as the Doctor. Highlights were 5-year old twins dressed identically as 11, but with different coloured bow ties. They even each had a fez!

That, and 'Finlay', who was in the queue for the cash machine behind us. He also seemed to be about 5 or 6, and hilarious. I first overheard him calling his mum 'Amy', then his dad asked him something, and he yelled "Don't call me Finlay! I'm the Doctor!" So his mum, trying to get his attention, was saying "Come on, Finlay... Doctor."

At 11:08 pm, Blogger Nettie said...

Sounds like the bestest day out! I'm so glad you guys had a great time, wish I could have been there *hugs*

At 6:31 am, Blogger Shawna said...

I forgot to mention that 1)Matt is drinking out of the ice cube because it's a perfect little cup, obviously, and 2)I have done that. :-)

Also, kids are awesome! lol

(word verification: ingst. Like angst, but less so!)


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