Former star of The Young Ones
, Nigel Planer
is to take a lead role in the upcoming Doctor Who Live
Planer is best known for his role as TV hippy Neil in the classic comedy series but he has also appeared in many West End musicals, including Evita
, We Will Rock You
The live show, first announced
in May, is touring nine UK cities this Autumn and will feature Daleks, Cybermen, Clockwork Droids, Silurians and Weeping Angels.
Planer will act as the production's lynchpin, starring as travelling showman Vorgensen
who journeys the galaxy spreading tales of the Doctor's exploits and using his 'minimiser' gadget he can conjure up any of the Time Lord's foes for his audience.
Looking forward to the production Planer said
I'm incredibly excited to be joining Doctor Who Live and this role is something of a boyhood dream come true. My character Vorgenson, who has been developed specially for the show by Steven Moffat, is the Greatest Showman in the Galaxy and using his incredible invention, The Minimiser, he can make any Doctor Who character appear on stage as part of his travelling show dedicated to his hero.Matt Smith
will appear via filmed sequences which have been made just for the stage show and renowned illusionists The Twins
have devised stunts which will enable a Dalek to be seen flying during the performances.
Actor Nick Briggs
, who has voiced numerous monsters for the series including Daleks and Cybermen, will also be in the live cast, playing Winston Churchill in addition to some of the villains.
The tour begins at London's Wembley Arena on October 8 with further details at www.doctorwholive.com