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Doctor Who's Symphonic Spectacular (Pic: BBC)
Doctor Who’s Symphonic Spectacular (Pic: BBC)

With the announcement of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular touring the U.K. next month, this week’s Who’s Day is devoted to the music of Doctor Who.

The Symphonic Spectacular is a chance for British Whovians to experience the music of Doctor Who live, as performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster. There will be appearances from all twelve Doctors, some of his deadliest foes and the master of ceremonies (who should really be called the doctor of ceremonies) will be Peter Davison:

Here’s a preview clip, “A Good Man” performed with footage of the Twelfth Doctor in action:

Here are Peter and Ben discussing the event with Graham Norton:

And the Doctor Who YouTube team have put together this compilation of favorite musical moments:

As well as this clip, explaining how the original Doctor Who theme was created, painstakingly using extensive editing and three tape machines playing at once:

Oh and if you’re unsure as to who is who (no pun intended) in the spoof Beatles album cover above, here’s the key:

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular Key

Here’s what else is going on in space and time this week:

• A glimpse at a new monster for Season Nine:


Peter Capaldi sent a message of thanks to everyone who remembered his birthday:

We have a message from Peter Capaldi…

Posted by Doctor Who on Thursday, April 16, 2015

But not before enjoying a spot of cake:

Thank you for all your birthday wishes for Peter. Here he is with a celebratory cake on location yesterday.

Posted by Doctor Who on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

• It was David Tennant’s birthday on Saturday (April 18), so we pulled together a list of his greatest moments as the Tenth Doctor.

• The first pictures of David from Marvel’s new Netflix epic A.K.A. Jessica Jones emerged (although he has yet to attain the purple hue of his character in the comics):

• And it was announced that the BBC is staging a theatrical event in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. It will take place in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on April 23, and David will be hosting. Possibly because he’ll be the only person at the event who has actually met the Bard of Avon in person:

• Don’t mess with Karen Gillan:

• These scrolls are a part of Season Nine, but how?

And finally, we’ve always been partial to a domino run, so this 34,000 piece Whovian delight from jojodrummer96 is worth all the applause you have to spare:


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By Fraser McAlpine