A New Doctor for Swindon

Big “awwwww” of the week moment goes to a versatile and talented group of youngsters in Swindon who have staged a Doctor Who themed history play for the town to enjoy.

The street theatre project, run by Swindon charity Reach Inclusive Arts and the Shop, oversaw the children write a script, design and make props and then act out their own show, based on Doctor Who. It focussed on a journey through Swindon’s past and some of its areas of interest visted by the Doctor, played by Lydan Stevens and his assistant, played by Katie Wheaton (although we don’t know if she was playing Rose Tyler; Billie Piper is a Swindon lass!)

Lydan commented:

“I’ve loved it – trying to put it all together and making the TARDIS…anything to do with performing and I will do it. I do a lot of drama and dance at school.”

Project manager for the performance, Helen Whelehan, spoke a little about the idea behind the performance:

“We are about working within the community to support creative ideas and be a presence. We take the work that they have done outside to show people their skills…we actively promote engaging people with disabilities to mix with others. And it’s important for the community and the regeneration of the area.”

A hearty well done goes out to the children who put in a massive effort to make all this happen. Now the only question left to answer is: is it canon?

(Via Swindon Advertiser)


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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