Who’s in Panto?

Another year, another Christmas and therefore a whole load of pantomimes for you to enjoy! The thing about pantos is that to be a rip roaring success, they need to have a celebrity or two involved to draw in the crowds. And up step veteran thespians, children’s TV presenters, reality TV show winners and a whole load of others, all who’ve appeared in Doctor Who. You also get your veteran Doctor Who actors and actresses involved as well and so here’s a quick guide to some of your favourite pantomimes featuring well known Doctor Who faces.

First up is Frazer Hines who played Jamie McCrimmon and travelled with the Second Doctor. He’s appearing in Aladdin at the Kettering Lighthouse Theatre. He’ll be playing Wishy Washy and this his 28th year doing pantomime! Fraser commented:

“I love seeing the little kids’ faces, and panto audiences come ready to laugh,”

Aladdin will run until 26th December 2010.

Next up is young John “if it’s in front of people I’ll do it” Barrowman who’ll be appearing at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre where he plays the title role in another version of Aladdin but this one has a bit of a twist, certain parts are in 3D for the audience to enjoy, you put on your 3D specs at the relevant time and the suddenly it’s a whole different ball game! Barrowman is always good value for money and this looks set to be an extremely inventive take on a panto. Tickets are on sale now until Sunday 9th January 2011 and pricing starts from £14.00.

Finally Nigel Planer who recently played the titular lead character in the Doctor Who Live shows and was also in the Big Finish Eighth Doctor audio Hothouse is once again flexing his “live stage show” muscles this year with a stint with a stint as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, which will be showing at the Sheffield Theatre’s Lyceum Theatre until Sunday 9th January 2011.

So, that’s quite a few Who related characters in pantomime for one year but you never know; there may be more to be announced…


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