30
May

The Davros Variety Hour: The Dark Lord of the Daleks Returns

Who in their right mind would give Davros – the creator of the Daleks, the mad genius who attempted to wipe out countless species across the universe – an hour of stage time at an event and then ask him to sing and dance?

That’d be us.

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Last year at (Re)Generation Who 2, the villainous mastermind took control of Main Events on Saturday night. And with his captive audience in the palm of his hand, he presented an evening of dance, music, stand-up, and sketch comedy. Which, admittedly, is probably a lot more fun than what you’d normally expect from Davros.

The Davros Variety Hour was the brainchild of actor Terry Molloy (Doctor Who’s Davros from 1984-1988 and with Big Finish) and musician/comedienne Cat Smith, something fun to entertain the crowd in the absence of the Saturday night masquerade. It was an evening of ukulele music, bellydancing monsters, and cosplay antics from Team Shenanigans, culminating in an epic sing-a-long.

This year, with our first masquerade ever on Saturday, Terry moved his act to Friday night in Main Programming… and the show was bigger, better, and evil-er than ever!

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Of course, the ukulele stylings of Dave Ross and the Dalettes opened things out, as well as leading the audience in a rousing rendition of “My Doctor Sylveste” (a slightly tweaked version of Sylvester McCoy’s old road show act). Antipode brought on the bellydancing, Cat Smith and Hannah Harkness brought the laughs, and Team Shenanigans was on hand to give their version of  the events of this year’s Oscars.

Things didn’t end there, though — this year, the stakes were higher as the Twelfth Doctor himself (… okay, Andy Hicks doing a really good Twelfth Doctor) challenged Davros to an Epic Rap Battle. Sound unmissable? Don’t worry, you can see it right here!

And of course, things ended with “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” with a little help from our amazing audience.

Still want more? Here’s a backstage video taken during rehearsal!

 

Practicing for the Davros Variety Hour at @regenerationwho — see us at 10 pm!

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Thanks so much to Dave Ross… er, Davros… er, Terry… for hosting an amazing night of entertainment, and to all of our performers for making it another unforgettable part of (Re)Gen 3!

Be sure not to miss next year’s main events — register now for (Re)Gen 4 and be there for every second of the fun!

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, illustrator, and presenter from Newport News, Virginia. She works as a blogger and interviewer for Onezumi Events, and as a news writer for Crunchyroll. Her work can be seen in “Associates of Sherlock Holmes” from Titan Books, various “Doctor Who” spinoffs from Obverse Books, and the light novel series “Owl’s Flower,” which she co-created with illustrator Ginger Hoesly. She works from a converted NASA lab, which she shares with four guinea pigs and a bass guitar.

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