To celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who, John Richards (creator/writer of the ABC1 sitcom Outland) and Ben McKenzie (Channel 31′s Planet Nerd, Dungeon Crawl) have joined forces to host a year-long performance/podcast project, entitled ‘Splendid Chaps‘, in Melbourne.
Each month from January to November 2013 John and Ben will record a live Doctor Who panel discussion – one for each of the eleven Doctors – with a different theme, special guests, musical and comedy performances and general loveliness. These will also be edited into podcast episodes, released on the 23rd of each month.
The first event (13 January) has the theme of ‘Authority’ and will discuss the first Doctor. The panel features special guest Alexandra Tynan (nee Sandra Reid), designer of the original Cybermen back in 1966. She’ll be joined by writer and filmmaker Lee Zachariah (ABC2′s The Bazura Project, Hell Is For Hyphenates podcast); broadcaster and host of 3RRR FM’s LiveWire, Nerida Haycock; announcer Petra Elliot; plus Ben and John as hosts. The musical guest (singing a Who-related number) will be comedian and cabaret artiste Geraldine Quinn.
The first forum is on Sunday, 13 January 2013 from 5pm at the Annexe, Bella Union, Trades Hall, corner of Victoria and Lygon Streets, Melbourne. Tickets ($13 full; $10 concession + $2 booking fee) will be available at the door (subject to availability) or on the web. Doors open 4pm, the forum commences at 5pm and will run for approximately 2 hours.