Have an immersive Doctor Who experience a The Crash of the Elysium

Introducing: The Crash of the Elysium

You’ve got until 8th July to see The Crash of the Elysium in Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre.

The live Doctor Who interactive theatre production is part of the London 2012 Olympics, and is different every single night. Don’t take our word for it though; here’s writer, Tom MacRae (Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel; The Girl Who Waited) to introduce you to the truly innovative experience:

(For more from Tom, see our recent podKast)

There are three performances on offer: the school performance (for ages 4-7 only); family performances (for ages 7- 12, and one accompanying adult per child); and, after many requests, After Dark performances (for ages 13+). The Crash of the Elysium is likely to blow you away.

Though the idea was formed by showrunner Steven Moffat, MacRae’s brought it to life, with a dedicated crew, video inserts from the Doctor, a lost Victorian streamer… Oh, and some statues that have a habit of moving whenever you blink.

Visiting the live adventure in Salford last year, The Guardian’s Alfred Hickling gave it five stars, and said:

“[It’s] not for the faint of heart or short of breath, as a fair amount of running, crouching and sweating is involved. The immediate impression of the stricken alien spacecraft is that it is very dark and ferociously hot, particularly in a plastic boiler suit. And the scale of the threat becomes clear when a video message from the Doctor reveals that the ship is a ‘high security art gallery’ from which some of the exhibits have escaped.”

But who cares what a critic thinks, eh? Let’s hear from the kids…

Oh, so that’s it. Something for the kids, right? Think again.

No one can reveal much about what goes on at the crash site under the Intergalactic Spoilers Act 2008, but Hickling teased:

“The military chaperones take charge without seeming to be in control; and when you slip through the space-time continuum to a fairground in the 188os, there is straw underfoot, a smell of manure in the air and a genuine frisson of anxiety about how you are going to get back again. As my nine-year-old companion Sam Curtis put it: ‘I think I was too excited to be scared. But it would be funny if we came out and found mum and dad had been sat around waiting for a hundred years.’”

And brief glimpses can be caught on the BBC Suffolk’s news report.

Following a brief server crash (there’s that word again!), tickets are back online, priced between £10 and £25, depending on the performance. You can find you more here, or go to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Let’s hope it tours the UK soon – or, at the very least, finds a permanent home at Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience. Because you don’t want to miss this.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion: http://thedoctorwhocompanion.com/

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