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Doctor Who heads to the BBC Proms

Doctor Who is to feature in this year's Proms, alongside Nigel Kennedy and maypole dancing. Daleks will roam the Royal Albert Hall at the Doctor Who Prom in July, which will celebrate music from the popular BBC show. Kennedy, 51, will return to the Proms for the first time in 21 years to perform Elgar's violin concerto. The Proms will also celebrate the music of composer Vaughan Williams on the 50th anniversary of his death. Proms director Roger Wright said the musical emphasis would be on the British Isles, with other compositions from Eastern Europe. And he denied the presence of Doctor Who meant the world-famous music festival was being dumbed down. Folk music The event, presented by Doctor Who actress Freema Agyeman, will feature the show's iconic theme tune alongside other compositions related to time and space, including Holst's The Planets - Jupiter, Wagner's Die Walkure - the Ride of the Valkyries. Doctor Who star David Tennant will make an on-screen appearance in a pre-recorded scene written by Russell T Davies. Maypole dancing will feature in the Proms' Folk Day, which includes a series of events in and around the Royal Albert Hall. Story-telling, folk ensembles, fiddle sessions, and maypole dancing will take place at Kensington Gardens on 20 July. The 2008 Proms season takes place from Friday 18 July to Saturday 13 September.

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