George Christensen, a member of the ruling Coalition, wore one of actor Tom Baker’s trademark scarves in the House of Representatives as he used the fiftieth anniversary of the show to insist it is an “Australian institution”. He said the theme song was composed by an Australian, Ron Grainer, but resisted calls from across the chamber to sing it because “we have only got ten minutes”. “Australia is pretty similar to the UK in terms of its settings but I have got to say, imagine the Tardis landing near the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, in the Australian outback, Uluru, Ayers Rock,” he told Parliament. “Think of all the exotic locations we could have.” The motion was supported by MPs and Doctor Who fans on both sides of the chamber, who were later photographed with a blow-up Dalek in the halls of Parliament. The motion has bipartisan support and is not expected to be put to a vote. Related Articles Are aliens really watching Doctor Who? 14 Nov 2013 Mr Christensen’s office told The Telegraph the MP attempted to bring a “real” Dalek a movable replica into Parliament House but security would not allow it. Instead, he flew his own blow-up Dalek to Canberra from the state of Queensland. “In the lead-up to this 50th anniversary of Doctor Who there are so many connections between this show and this nation that I think Doctor Who is as much an Australian institution as it has been a British institution,” Mr Christensen said. “In the lead-up to this debate there have been lots of MPs who have approached me telling me the same thing over and over, that when they were a kid they used to hide behind the couch and build cushion fortresses to protect themselves from whatever was on the screen, and they loved the show.” Mr Christensen said the show has been filmed abroad before and urged Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC, and other entertainment and tourism agencies to support the move. “It is great to have the Australian connection with it, but I think a greater Australian connection could come if a series were actually filmed down under,” he said.
Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 1 Australia
Cinema Screenings: Australia has become theguinea pig testing farm for Doctor Who episode screenings on the big screen. On two separate occasions, theyve had special events that have sold out in cinemas all over Australia with the first event showing The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon in one epic evening, and more recently Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan being screened a few weeks later. On both these occasions Village Cinemas (the organisation that hold the events) have invited fans to dress up in Doctor Who inspired decor with prize hampers donated by the ABC for the winners. Conventions: Australia in the last few months has played host to the biggest names in Doctor Who. Stars such as Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Alex Kingston, Eve Myles, Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey and many many more greeted our shores this year. Shopping: The ABC have pulled out all the strings this year merchandise-wise, with massive product launch parties for midnight releases of DVDs, Pop-Up Doctor Who shops in major cities and holding many in-store competitions for the most eager of fans. 50th Anniversary events: BBC Worldwide are also teaming up with the ABC to hold 3 major headline events for the 50th Anniversary. A few months ago, many of Doctor Who TVs regulars will have seen a video of the amazing Vivid Light Display that echoed through the Sydney streets when it made it to the highly popular Weird and Wonderful article. Currently, Australia has opened our own smaller version of Englands Doctor Who Experience with a 50th Anniversary museum featuring props and costumes lovingly loaned by the BBC open to the public until early next year. Also returning to Australia in the early months of 2014 is the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular with both the Melbourne and Brisbane Orchestras teaming up with Murray Gold to present something truly special. Doctor Who? Doctor Who, although not the most popular show in Australia, is still well-known and becoming increasingly so. Theres Doctor Who everywhere you look; sometimes you may have to look hard, but ultimately its there. Through the various different gimmicks and publicity parades hitting the Australian public in the face this year (in a good way), theres no doubt that it is becoming more popular by the second.