First published in The Straits Times (YouthInk) on 31 March, 2012
I have been a big fan of Doctor Who since I was three. For the unacquainted, Doctor Who is a BBC sci-fi TV show about an humanoid-looking alien called the Doctor, who travels in time and space in a police box-like time machine known as the TARDIS (time and relative dimension in space).
So when I found out that there was a Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular (DWSS) in Melbourne last month, I jumped at the chance to see the concert. After all, it was the first time that a Doctor Who production had travelled outside Britain.
The event was inspired by the Doctor Who Proms, a promenade concert in Britain in 2008 and 2010 that featured music from the Doctor Who series. This DWSS was exactly the same. Now, wouldn’t any Doctor Who music aficionado go?
Since I discovered it, the music of Doctor Who never fails to remind me of how exquisitely beautiful and philosophical the universe can be.
Murray Gold, the composer, is a genius. The concert was ethereal and conductor Ben Foster was a sight to behold - watching his hands was like watching a metronome on stage.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Concordis Chamber Choir were beautiful and accentuated every aspect of the show. Indeed, the Spectacular was well…spectacular.
Yet, February 4th was beyond a day of just music. I was finally able to meet fellow Whovians (fans of Doctor Who) as well as some members of the DWSS production team, some of whom I had been twitting back and forth for quite awhile.
For the Whovians, there was New Zealander Georgia Steel, an aspiring musician and conductor, who conducted Doctor Who music at her school. Then, there was Ms Katherine Maurer from Sydney, who, with her friends, wrote and filmed their own amateur Doctor Who episodes.
And finally, Mr Alex Rohan from Brisbane, a Whovian since he was young, who drove all the way down for the concert with his children.
As for people from the production, I met Gold and Foster, brand manager Edward Russell and actor Mark Sheppard. It was one of the most surreal meetings of my life.
Instead of “Hi, I’ve been a fan for years. Can I have your autograph?” and then I run off with delight, we talked strangely like old friends.
According to famed psychiatrist Carl Jung, synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.
If indeed, my dream to work in a Doctor Who production holds strong in my heart, perhaps this trip was predestined and the biggest synchronicity could have culminated at the end, when, by chance, I saw Gold in a café.
He was there was a friend who knew that place well and I was with a friend who knew that place well too.
People live their entire lives in the same city and never meet. We had come from different lands and stayed there for a week or two. In a city with four million people and a thousand cafés, what were the odds of being in the same one?
Life can be strange sometimes when you are chasing your dreams, and at 26, I reckon it can only get stranger.
The writer, 26, works in the arts. Her DWSS experience forms part of her portfolio for future film and television undergraduate courses.