Liam Rudden: Dressing up for the occasion

Peter Davison  fifth Doctor Who. Pic: BBC
Peter Davison fifth Doctor Who. Pic: BBC
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COSPLAY, that’s what they call it, apparently. Short for ‘Costume Play’ I assume, or what we would have called ‘dressing up’ as kids. Which is fine. But adults? Really?

Popped over to the SSE Hydro on Friday for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, a celebration of music from the long-running BBC sci-fi series, gloriously brought to life by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, all under the sonic baton of Ben Foster and hosted by fifth Doctor, Peter Davison.

Naturally there were monsters galore to ‘provide a dramatic contrast to the evocative and thrilling music’ of Murray Gold. To be honest, Gold’s compositions are arguably too good for a TV series and soloist Elin Manahan Thomas’ crystalline vocals made for a performance far more mesmerising than the appearance of any Cyberman - although it was quite magical watching the delight on the faces of the wee ones when they appeared.

Talking of the wee ones, many were indeed dressed as their favourite Doctor, which, as I said, is fine, however, so were many of the adults. Adults who should really know better.

There is nothing quite as bizarre as the sight of a portly 40-something David Tennant or even older Matt Smith. I just don’t get the appeal... judging by the reaction by many of those around me I wasn’t the only one.

It was all a bit different last time I visited The Hydro, then it was for the record-breaking run of the Still Game stage show, which scored a massive box bffice return of £6million from 21 sell-out shows, that’s 210,000 bums on seats. Not bad, eh?

No dressing up there I tell you. That said, my next trip through to the 13,000-capacity venue will be for How Now Mrs Brown Cow, in September and I’m sure I saw someone dressed up as the famous Irish mammy last time I caught Mrs Brown at the Playhouse... actually, that sight was even scarier than Doctor Who’s cosplay monsters.