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August 27th, 2010

The BBC Press Office has announced that ’VIP access-all-areas’ footage from the Doctor Who Proms will be aired on the red button service next month!

From Monday 6th September, viewers will be able to access the exclusive material, offering backstage interviews with hosts Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, as well as music not featured in the concert. There will also be a look at the audience through the eyes of some of the monsters which appeared in the show.

On the same day, highlights of the concert will be airing on BBC Three at 8:30PM.

August 26th, 2010
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Matt Smith has told DigitalSpy that fans won’t be left disappointed by this year’s Christmas special, which recently finished filming in Cardiff.

He told the website: “I think it’s going to be brilliant. The Doctor meets this old Christmas miser, played by Michael Gambon. He was just brilliant. Perfect for Doctor Who. What a Doctor he’d have made in his day! I always wanted to do a Christmas episode. It’s a real milestone, so I’m very pleased to have got one in the can.”

In the interview, the actor also discusses last month’s Doctor Who Proms, which he describes as one of the “seminal moments” of his career. “It’s not like when you’re doing a play and it’s press night and you think ‘Oh God, what on Earth are they going to write?’,” he explained. ”The audience just wants you to be cool and Doctor-y. I loved it.”

August 25th, 2010

According to provisional TV listings from Radio Times, highlights of the Doctor Who Prom will be broadcast on BBC3 on Monday 6th September at 8:30PM!

With a running time of 60 minutes, the programme will relive the best bits of the concert, which took place last month at the Royal Albert Hall, and there will also be exclusive behind the scenes footage as hosts Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill prepare to take to the stage. It’s thought that it will air simultaneously on BBC HD.

These transmission details aren’t yet finalized, however we’ll let you know if there’s any changes when they’re made official. Are you looking forward to seeing it on TV?

July 24th, 2010
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Later tonight, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will be taking to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the first of this weekend’s Doctor Who Proms! 

Thousands of fans will join the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir as they peform music from the Doctor’s travels as well as classical pieces. There’s also guaranteed to be surprises in store, including appearances from some of the Doctor’s deadliest foes – but it wouldn’t be a celebration of the series without them!

The concert will be transmitted live on BBC Radio Three from 19:30 tonight, and we’ll be here throughout providing live updates as well as a place for you to chat to fellow fans as you listen! Feel free to contribute to this post over the course of the evening and let us know your thoughts about the show. Keep refreshing for the latest updates.

6:30pm: An hour to go until the concert begins! You can check out its running order here – are there any songs you’re looking forward to in particular?

Karen Gillan spoke to BBC Radio 3 earlier ahead of tonight’s show. She said: “It’s my first year playing Amy so my very first prom, but I heard the last one was a really special occasion. I’m hosting the event with appearances from the Doctor, Rory and some secret surprises.” We can’t wait!

6:55pm: You might want to avoid the rest of our updates if you’ll be watching the concert tomorrow…

7:00pm: Matt Smith has described the thought of presenting the concerts as ”utterly nerve-wracking”. We’d like to wish all involved the very best of luck! Don’t forget that iPlayer is broadcasting it live not just in the UK, but all over the world – sounds of the universe will soon be floating across all continents!

7:15pm: 15 minutes to go! Does everybody have their popcorn ready?

7:31pm: The moment has arrived! The audience applaude as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster, the London Philharmonic Choir and Yamit Mamo open the show with The Mad Man With A Box…

7:35pm: More cheers as Karen Gillan takes to the stage! “Hello, everyone! Wow – there’s a lot of you!” She beams: “I’m Karen Gillan, and I play Amy Pond in Doctor Who” - for anybody who didn’t know! ”Tonight,” she explains, ”we’re going to relive Amy’s adventures through the power of music…”

7:41pm: An Untimely Arrival brings with it sweet memories of fish fingers and custard…

7:42pm: Karen asks if any of the crowd have tried the Doctor’s homemade dish. And you thought you were the only one!

7:46pm: Time for a short break from Doctor Who now as the orchestra entertains the crowd with John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Amy’s had her fair share of them!

7:55pm: I Am The Doctor is a hit with the crowd! Arguably Series 5’s definitive theme, and, in our opinion, one of Murray Gold’s finest to date! Geronimo! During the performance, the Cybermen, the Judoon and the Silurians pop on stage for a quick hello. It was only a matter of time!

7:56pm: Karen’s back! After a quick reminder urging audience members not to blink, she introduces the next two pieces, William Walton’s Portsmouth Point followed by Gustav Holst’s Mars from The Planet…

8:12pm: Karen is interrupted by the Daleks, who order the orchestra to play Battle in the Skies from Victory of the Daleks. Those metal creatures are so demanding!

8:20pm: Part one draws to its close, but stay tuned on BBC Radio 3 as in the interval, Matthew Sweet will be investigating the weird and wonderful sound world of Doctor Who in the 20-minute documentary, Dance of the Daleks. What are your thoughts of the show so far?

8:44pm: Back to the Prom now, and the second half kicks off with O Fortuna – one of Karen Gillan’s personal favourites!

8:47pm: “Welcome back to the second half of this Doctor Who Prom,” Karen tells the buzzing crowd, before a message from the Doctor appears on the screen. The crowd chant “Hello Doctor!” as the Time Lord apologizes for not being there in person. The TARDIS has taken him to the Royal Albert Hall but in the wrong year – typical!

8:51pm: The Doctor’s arrived in the right year and is welcomed to the stage with an uproar of applause! He picks one lucky volunteer, Ellis, to help him save the world.

8:55pm: The Doctor bids the crowd farewell. “I’ll leave you in the capable hands of Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Matt Smith, whoever that is – what a dull name!”

8:57pm: Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) introduces Amy’s theme!

9:01pm: A beautiful peformance from the orchestra, the choir and Yamit Mamo, and one favoured by Karen Gillan (we wonder why!). Up next – a melody of themes from the series entitled Liz, Lizards, Vampires and Vincent, with a Weeping Angel rising onto the stage for good measure!

9:10pm: Karen and Arthur introduce the final classic musical performance of the night - The Ride of the Valkyries by acclaimed German composer Richard Wagner, which was also featured in the first Doctor Who Prom back in 2008.

9:19pm: Time for a blast from the past now as the orchestra peform This is Gallifrey, followed by the Tenth Doctor’s heartbreaking regeneration music, Vale decem. Tissues at the ready, folks!

9:23pm: The audience applause as Vale decem plays over a montage of the Doctor’s past regenerations. It only feels like yesterday we were saying our last goodbye to the Tenth Doctor…

9:25pm: “I don’t want to go…”

9:28pm: Matt Smith returns to the stage (this time as himself!) to introduce Pandorica Suite, music from the The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang finale…

9:40pm: The end is near, and Matt, Karen and Arthur thank the audience for their enthusiasm. Before they go though, there’s just time for two more pieces, the first of which, Song of Freedom, has become one of Doctor Who’s most iconic anthems.

9:45pm: What better way to end the show than with Doctor Who’s signature music? The atmosphere is electric as the newest arrangement of the iconic theme plays.

9:47pm: Matt, Karen and Arthur recieve a standing ovation as the Prom draws to a close. Congratulations to all involved for what’s been a marvellous show, and best of luck as they’ll be doing it all over again tomorrow afternoon!

Thanks for following our live updates tonight and we hope you enjoyed the show. Let us know what you thought of it in a comment below.

July 23rd, 2010

Karen Gillan appeared on Woman’s Hour earlier this week, where she spoke about this weekend’s anticipated Doctor Who Proms, which she’ll be co-presenting alongside Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill.

“It’s all the music from the show. Murray Gold is the composer, and he is really, really amazing,” she said. ”All the characters have a theme, so there’s The Doctor’s Theme and Amy’s Theme, and even Rory’s Theme, so they’re all going to be featured.”

She continued: “There’s also going to be some classic music that’s kind of related to time travel in some way. We’ve got Mars from The Planet and O Fortuna, one of my personal favourites. It’ll be amazing to hear it with a full choir.”

The actress also commented on what the last 12 months have been like, describing her first year as Amy Pond as ”completely mental”. ”Doctor Who’s like no other job,” she explained. “It just changes your life as soon as you’re announced in the role. Everyone’s very aware of Doctor Who, I think kids are born knowing about it. It wasn’t on television when I was growing up, yet if I saw a Dalek, I’d know it was from Doctor Who.”

July 22nd, 2010

With the Doctor Who Prom set to fill the Royal Albert Hall with the sounds and songs of the Universe this weekend, Matt Smith – who will be presenting the concerts alongside co-stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill – has revealed that he’s nervous about taking to the stage as its host.

“Utterly nerve-wracking,” he admitted, adding: ”I think that Murray Gold is incredible, totally incredibly – a genius - and to hear all that in the Royal Albert Hall will just be one of the most soaring experiences.”

Meanwhile, the BBC has confirmed that 1,000 standing tickets will be available to buy on the day, and that the show, which is broadcasting live on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday from 19:30, will also be aired on BBC3 and BBC HD in ‘early September’.

You can see details of its recently unveiled running order here. Not long to go now!

July 22nd, 2010
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The BBC Proms website has released the running order for the highly-anticipated Doctor Who concerts – hosted by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, with a special guest appearace from the Doctor himself, Matt Smith – taking place this weekend at the Royal Albert Hall.

The first concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday from 19:30, with the second taking place on Sunday at 11:00. You can view the running order below, but watch out as it may contain spoilers.

Doctor Who Proms 2010 Running Order

  • Murray Gold – The Mad Man With A Box (Prologue)
  • Murray Gold – An Untimely Arrival
  • John Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • Murray Gold – I Am The Doctor
  • William Walton – Overture (Portsmouth Point)
  • Gustav Holst – The Planet – ‘Mars’
  • Murray Gold – Battle in the Skies (Daleks vs. Spitfires)


  • Carl Orff – Carmina burana – ‘O Fortuna’
  • Murray Gold - Amy
  • Murray Gold -Liz, Lizards, Vampires and Vincent
  • Richard Wagner - Die Walküre – ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’
  • Murray Gold - This is Gallifrey/Vale decem
  • Murray Gold - Pandorica Suite
  • Murray Gold - Song of Freedom
  • Ron Grainer arr., Murray Gold - The Doctor Who Theme
July 15th, 2010

The BBC Press Office has confirmed that BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting the upcoming Doctor Who Prom LIVE from the Royal Albert Hall.

Taking place on Saturday 24th July from 19:30, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will join the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir as they peform both popular incidental music from Doctor Who, composed by Murray Gold, as well as other pieces of traditional and modern music.

In addition, during the interval, a 20-minute documentary, Dance of the Daleks, will air on the station, in which Matthew Sweet will investigate the weird and wonderful sound world of Doctor Who’s incidental music throughout its 47-year history.

April 22nd, 2010

The line up for the BBC Proms 2010 was unveiled today, with confirmation that, for the second time, Doctor Who will be included in the festivites!

This year’s events - taking place on 24th/25th July - will follow the same format as the successful 2008 concert, with the London Philharmonic Choir and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales peforming both popular incidental music from Doctor Who, composed by Murray Gold, as well as other pieces of traditional and modern music!

The two concerts, taking place inside the Royal Albert Hall, have the same running order, and both will be presented by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

Saturday 24th July
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Murray Gold -
 Music from the Doctor Who series
John Adams – Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Holst – The Planets – Mars
Orff – Carmina burana – ‘O Fortuna’
Wagner – Die Walküre – The Ride of the Valkyries

Sunday 25th July
11am – 1pm
Murray Gold
- Music from the Doctor Who series
John Adams – Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Holst – The Planets – Mars
Orff - Carmina burana – ‘O Fortuna’
Wagner – Die Walküre – The Ride of the Valkyries

There are also other Doctor Who related activites planned across the weekend, including the chance to play the Doctor Who theme tune (2:00PM Saturday/1:45PM Sunday), and an introduction with the sound team (5:45PM Saturday).

Tickets for the Proms will officially go on sale on Tuesday 4th May at 8:00AM.


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