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The Crash of The Elysium was a live Doctor Who theatre adventure.

Created especially for children and families, it was conceived in close collaboration with members of Doctor Who’s creative team at the BBC, including Stephen Moffat and Tom McRae.

The show played to an audience of nearly 7,000 in Manchester and Ipswich.

Funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distribution.

Presented by Manchester International Festival, Punchdrunk and BBC Wales.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, BBC, London 2012 Festival and Salford City Council.


– Susannah Clapp, The Observer
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Creative Team

  • Director

    Felix Barrett

  • Writer

    Tom MacRae

  • Based on an original idea by

    Steven Moffat

  • Designer

    Livi Vaughan

  • Lighting Designer

    Paul Normandale

  • Sound Design

    Stephen Dobbie


Awesome, wicked, fantastico, the best thing ever, epic, ten out of ten. A mere adult can only concur.

– Paul Valley, The Independent

Not for the faint of heart or short of breath.

– Alfred Hickling, The Guardian


– Susannah Clapp, The Observer


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