BBC Worldwide has announced that actor Nigel Planer will join the Doctor Who Live tour and will play a character called Vorgenson. Nigel Planer said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Doctor Who Live and this role is something of a boyhood dream come true. My character Vorgenson, 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!”

A BBC press release reveals: The new stage show, based on the smash-hit 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. 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, imersive storytelling, magical music, scary monsters, and intergalactic heroes.”

The producers have also 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.

Doctor Who Live will also feature a spectacular array of stunts and illusions designed by Britain’s premiere illusionists, The Twins. The Twins have come to prominence 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’ve even taught magic tricks to the likes of Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow.

With an out-of-this-world set, Doctor Who Live will feature special FX, optical illusions and spectacular pyrotechnics building to an epic finale all accompanied by the music of long-time Doctor Who composer Murray Gold and brought to life by a live band.

Doctor Who Live is 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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