Geek Out Australia
GETTING paid to “geek out” is a dream job for Rove McManus, turning his passion for Doctor Who into his latest return to Australian television.
The Gold Logie winner and self-confessed nerd will present Whovians, a half-hour panel show dedicated to Doctor Who fandom and scheduled to follow each episode of the latest season 10, every Sunday night on ABC2 from April 16.
McManus and other celebrity super fans, including comics Tegan Higginbotham and Adam Richard, will dissect the weekly drama before a live studio audience.
Series 10 marks the final season with Peter Capaldi in the title role.
Jumping into the metaphorical ‘Tardis’, viewers will also be invited to reflect on the history of the British science-fiction series, which has been delighting audiences for over half a century.
“You might say I’m so excited that I too feel like I have two hearts beating in my chest — and yes, it’s references like that which prove I’m the right guy for the job,” McManus said.
“I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for as long as I can remember so you can imagine how pleased I am to be hosting a show about it. Whether it be the classic era that dates back over fifty years or the modern series that has created its own decade-long legacy, it’ll be nice to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite TV show with like-minded individuals and be paid to completely geek out.”
Brian Minchin, Doctor Who’s executive producer said the new spin-off “will be the perfect companion piece for the thrilling new series on ABC. It’s fantastic to have this exciting new program to delight Australian fans.”
* Whovians will air 8.30pm, Sundays from April 16 on ABC2 and iview.