Doctor Who hits the road with Winston Churchill and... Neil from The Young Ones?S

Doctor Who's huge new stage production goes on tour October 8. It'll star Nigel Planer, better known as the hippie Neil from The Young Ones, as the Greatest Showman in the Galaxy. Will his character turn up on the show?

In Doctor Who Live, the Greatest Showman in the Galaxy, Vorgensen, travels around talking about his hero, the Doctor. Vorgensen has a device, the Minimiser, which allows him to summon up some of the monsters the Doctor has faced. Featured in the show will be the Daleks, plus Cybermen, Weeping Angels, Judoon, Silurian, Smilers, Winders, Scarecrows, Vampires, Clockwork Robots and Ood.

Matt Smith won't appear in person, but he'll be represented by specially filmed sequences which will be shown during the stage show. Nick Briggs, who's voiced the Daleks on the show, will appear as various monsters, but will also play Winston Churchill. And thanks to illusionists The Twins, audiences will get to see a Dalek fly. Mostly, though, I'm just excited about the newly uncovered Young Ones-Doctor Who crossover. (For those who missed it, The Young Ones was a British sitcom about a group of, you guessed it, young ones sharing an apartment, and Neil was the linchpin.)

In totally unrelated Doctor Who news, the BBC announced that at long last, the 1996 TV movie starring Paul McGann will be released on DVD in the U.S., something that legal wrangling with Universal has prevented for years now. This is probably only good news for the tiny handful of us who want to rewatch Sylvester McCoy's final moments or the episode's handful of other cool bits. [Doctor Who News Page and Doctor Who News Page]