See Blue Box Messiah in Newcastle

Are you a Doctor Who fan who is ready to laugh… and think a little at the same time? Then Illumination Theatre has the show for you!

The Newcastle-based theatre company will be celebrating Doctor Who‘s 50th birthday with a comedic play about the show’s potential as a religion, entitled Blue Box Messiah. It features a cast of various vicars, aliens, policemen, an ex-Santa and a little girl called Susan, all of whom are played by two actors.

Sunderland-based actor Lee Shillito, who plays Matt, says:

“It’s quite a challenging play to perform, as we both play a dozen very different characters, and we’ve even had to learn puppeteering.”

The other half of the two-man show, Adam Lightfoot, who plays Luke, says:

“I’m a huge fan of the Doctor, so it’s been enormous fun to work on this show. Doing the research for the part has been particularly enjoyable, as I’ve been watching all the old episodes!”

Blue Box Messiah is an hour-long performance and “was written by Michael M Gilroy-Sinclair, who has previously written the Doctor Who astrology book Whostrology.  Michael, originally from Wallsend, is a life-long Doctor Who fan who is also the host of the popular Tin Dog Podcast.”

Laughs, the Doctor, puppetry, and religion all in one show? It’s not possible! But you can witness it for yourself on November 21st and 22nd in Newcastle and at a special performance at the Jam Jar Cinema in Whitley Bay on Tuesday, November 26. Tickets are only £5 and can be booked by visiting their site – and the transcript is available as an ebook on Amazon UK. Shakespeare only wishes he had a TARDIS!


Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

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