Matt Smith introduces the Doctor Who Symphonic @ the Sydney Opera House

Happy Birthday, Peter Davison!

A very happy birthday to the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, who turns 64 today!

A longtime fan of orchestral music, Peter Davison has made a significant contribution to Doctor Who’s live music in recent years, starting from when he introduced a medley of incidental music from the Classic Series during the 2013 Doctor Who Prom. From there he went on to host the 2014 and 2015 Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tours in Australia and New Zealand, and will be doing so again when the show comes to the UK for the first time later this year! 

And that’s not all, as to join the UK tour Davison will be taking time off from his current role as Herbie in the West End revival of Gypsy! This follows his past success in several musicals including Chicago, Spamalot and as a member of the original West End cast of Legally Blonde - The Musical. To catch him in action in his latest role alongside Imelda Staunton at London’s Savoy Theatre check out tickets for Gypsy here, with the cast soundtrack available to pre-order now ahead of its release on 27th April 2015.

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular UK tour, meanwhile, will be visiting six cities in May for a limited run of thirteen performances. Music will be provided by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ben Foster (pictured above with Davison during last year’s DWSS) - for more details of venues, dates and where to buy tickets visit the tour’s official website.

Many happy returns once again to Peter Davison, and long may his involvement in the world of Doctor Who music continue!

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Will you be seeing Peter Davison either starring in Gypsy or hosting the UK DWSS later this year?


Went to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at the Perth Arena on Saturday, 31st January.  It’s called a Spectacular for a reason, my Tumblr friends - because it really is bloody spectacular.  The music! The monsters!  Peter Davison!

Had front row seats, too!  Got to high-five a Dalek!  Second best moment of my life! :-)

And the first show I’ve ever been where photography was not only allowed, but encouraged and we were told to plaster our photos all over twitter, facebook, instagram etc.

Music is key to the Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular – that’s what is bringing me to Australia. In my time as Dr Who we had the BBC Radiophonic Workshop doing our music. Since then it’s really developed and they’ve got Murray Gold who has composed fantastic music for the show; some of it’s very beautiful, very moving and very powerful. It has become a very important, if not essential part of the show. Some might say too important – but I don’t think that personally.
—  Peter Davison, Limelight Magazine

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular Sydney -*taken on iPhone4, 16 December 2012, 1900

This playlist includes: Brianosaurus, Abigail’s Song, The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe, Battle In The Skies, The Wedding Of River Song, The Final Chapter Of Amelia Pond, Murray’s speech, Song Of Freedom and the Doctor Who Theme.


For a review of the performance, click here.