I think we can all happily agree that Doctor Who is about four minutes away from full fledged being turned into a musical – at least, if the two clips released online this past week are any indication. Okay, to be fair, the two YouTube only videos were made by the cast BEFORE Matt Smith and Karen Gillan took over the show, but there seems to be a pervasive amount of singin’ and dancin’ and generally being triple threats that comes with being involved with the Timelord.
The first clip is a doozy, a musical tribute to departing show runner, and the guy who rebooted Doctor Who for a new generation, Russell T. Davies – as well as his fellow Executive Producer Julie Gardner. The song, a parody of “The Ballad of Barry and Freda (Let’s Do It)” from the BBC sketch comedy show ‘Victoria Wood As Seen on TV’ features David Tennant, Catherine Tate, and John Barrowman telling the full story of how they put the show together over the previous five years:
The other video features, well, everybody involved in making Doctor Who, from the stand-bys, to the stars. It’s everybody singing (poorly) along with The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” And it’s adorable, too! I’ve actually seen some talk online saying that it’s embarrassing, but this sort of thing is done pretty much all the time for wrap parties, and it’s a chance to honor the people behind the camera who don’t normally get time in front. Plus? Dancing Ood. How can you not love dancing Ood?
A couple of other favorite bits from that vid? Timothy Dalton clearly not knowing the words to the song; and Freema Agyeman’s ridiculous hip swaggering dance. Oh, and how pleasantly into it David Tennant is. So nice job, everyone.
Doctor Who is back with the new(ish) cast this Christmas, followed, we assume, by video of Christopher Eccleston doing a cover of ‘The Evolution of Dance.’