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BBC Announces special mini-episode of Doctor Who

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The BBC Press Office have just released the following information regarding a one-off special for Doctor Who.

A special, one-off mini-episode of Doctor Who starring Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith will be shown on BBC Three this Autumn.

The bonus episode, Death Is The Only Answer, has been confirmed as fans of the show eagerly await the start of the new Doctor Who series. The three-minute spin off has been specially written by children from a school in Basingstoke after they entered a BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential competition earlier this year.

The journey of how their mini-adventure goes from script to screen will be documented on Doctor Who Confidential, BBC Three, from Saturday 27 August at 8pm with the winning episode shown on Saturday 1 October. Details of the script, are a closely guarded secret but it includes a well known historical figure and a fez!

The pupils, from Oakley CE Junior School, travelled to the BBC Studios in Cardiff for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their script brought to life by the Doctor Who team and cast. The ultimate prize was getting to meet the Doctor himself, Matt Smith.

After meeting the pupils and filming the episode Matt Smith said: “It was so clever, we were all just bowled over, it was a brilliant script.”

Doctor Who Confidential was there to record the meeting and show how Oakley Junior School’s script was developed from paper to television screen – from the first script meeting, a cast read-through, on-set filming all the way to the final edit.

They entered the BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential Script to Screen competition launched in April. It was aimed at Upper Primary school pupils (1) and involved them writing a three-minute script that takes the resident Time Lord on a new quest travelling through space and time inside the TARDIS.

The competition encouraged children to be as creative and imaginative as possible, to put together a story filled with all the excitement and adventure of the popular BBC One sci-fi drama. The action-packed script had to feature Matt Smith and could include one of four fearsome monsters from the show: Ood, Judoon, Cyberman or Weeping Angel, as well as a brand-new human character to test the wits of the Doctor.

Viewers will have to wait and see which monster and human the pupils chose to include.

Year Six teacher Kevin Downing, from Oakley Junior School, said the pupils involved in the project were over the moon at winning: “Getting the call to say the pupils were on the shortlist of ten was an unbelievable moment – the thought that Steven Moffat himself would be reading their script! As for winning, it was the experience of a lifetime and one we’ll never forget.”

BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential were overwhelmed by the response to the competition with 290,000 downloads of the online teaching resources. Teachers reported that the competition proved a very good tool for teaching literacy and writing skills.

Steven Moffat, Head Writer at Doctor Who, said: “I loved the shortlisted scripts, there was so much skill and enthusiasm on display that it was actually genuinely, very, very difficult to judge. There was some really, really skilled writing, it was very exciting how they caught the voice of the Doctor and how they used the always stringent limitations of Doctor Who to their advantage.

“I come from a family of teachers, I was a teacher, my father’s a teacher, my sister’s a teacher. We go back teacher generations so it’s hard wired for me to want the approval of teachers, so I’m very, very thrilled that its gone down so well with the schools that took part.”

The winning script was chosen by Steven Moffat; Controller of BBC Learning, Saul Nassé; and executive producers of Doctor Who, Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.

Controller of BBC Learning, Saul Nassé, said: “We’ve been delighted by the response from schools to the competition. We really wanted to motivate children to learn new writing skills and create the next generation of storytellers. Schools have really engaged in the competition and the standard of the writing has shown us that there is a wealth of talent out there which we have been able to tap into and hopefully encourage in the future. It’s a great example of a really popular BBC show inspiring people do something truly educational.”

Specially recorded video challenges from the main cast, lesson plans and sample scripts were just a few of the tailored primary resources available on the BBC Learning website to help guide teachers and pupils through the process.

My thanks to The Gallifrey Times for finding the original information.

Categories: BBC, Doctor Who

Doctor Who Series 6 Part 2 Episode Spoilers

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Writing in a interview for the Radio Times, Steven Moffat has given teases about the upcoming 6 episodes of Doctor Who’s sixth series. Be warned however, this article gives away HUGE spoilers to the plot of the next 6 episodes of Doctor Who and as such it is HIGHLY recommended that those of you not wanting to know DO NOT read the upcoming article.

6×08: Let’s Kill Hitler

Written by Steven Moffat / Directed by Richard Senior

Amy & Rory have waited a long time for news of their daughter. Too long. But when they summon the Doctor, the consequence will change all of their lives. The TARDIS crashes into Berlin in the 1930′s and they find themselves face to face not only with Hitler, but with a unique assassin from the distant future – and thats only the beginning. In the Fúhrer’s office, at the heart of the Third Reich, the Doctor is in for one of the biggest shocks of his very long life…

Airs in the United Kingdom on BBC One and BBC One HD at 7:10pm on Saturday August 27th. Airs in the United States on BBC America at 9/8c on Saturday August 27th. Airs in Australia on ABC1 at 7:30pm on Saturday 3rd September.

Prequel / Trailer / Preview 1 / Preview 2 / Promo Photos / Introduction

6×09: Night Terrors

Written by Mark Gatiss / Directed by Richard Clark

Horror in Doctor Who comes in many forms and many places, and a cry of distress reaches the TARDIS from the darkest and scariest place in the universe. But where is that exactly? This story began with Mark Gatiss chatting with Steven Moffat on the set of Sherlock. “I’d like to do scary,” he said. “Do you know where the scariest place in the universe is? A child’s bedroom”

Airs in the United Kingdom on BBC One and BBC One HD on Saturday 3rd September. Airs in the United States on BBC America at 9/8c on Saturday 3rd September. Airs in Australia on ABC 1 at 7:30pm on Saturday 10th September.

Trailer

6×10: The Girl who waited

Written by Tom McRae / Directed by Nick Hurran

Time travel is more than just an element of Doctor Who – its one of the main characters. The Doctor has been in Amy and Rory’s life for a long while now – far longer than he ever intended. What if something were to go wrong? When they step from the TARDIS into a strange white waiting room, they’re all about to learn just how wrong time travel can go…

Airs in the United Kingdom on BBC One and BBC One HD on Saturday 10th September. Airs in the United States on BBC America at 9/8c on Saturday 10th September. Airs in Australia on ABC 1 at 7:30pm on Saturday 17th September.

6×11: The God Complex

Written by Toby Whithouse / Directed by Nick Hurran

The brief to writer toby Whithouse was just this – a hotel: make a hotel scary. All those corridors, all those identical rooms, those bleak and souless bars and waiting rooms, that tinkling muzak – surely all that was made for Doctor Who, where the scariest things of all come bleeding through the ordinary world. Toby Whithouse is the writer of Series 2′s “School Reunion” and also the creator of the BBC’s hit series Being Human.

Airs in the United Kingdom on BBC One and BBC One HD on Saturday 17th September. Airs in the United States on BBC America at 9/8c on Saturday 17th September. Airs in Australia on ABC 1 at 7:30pm on Saturday 24th September.Preview

6×12: Closing Time

Written by Gareth Roberts / Directed by Steve Hughes

5×11: The Lodger was a surprise hit with the previous series of Doctor Who. It was a simple tale of a barmy Time Lord in a flatshare with a nice man called Craig. Except when you say that one of them is Matt Smith and the other is James Corden, then frankly you’ve got enough going on for a whole other series. Events have moved on in Craig’s life when the Doctor turns up on his doorstep for a second time; there’s a terrible alien threat, of course.

Airs in the United Kingdom on BBC One and BBC One HD on Saturday 24th September. Airs in the United States on BBC America at 9/8c on Saturday 24th September. Airs in Australia on ABC 1 at 7:30pm on Saturday 1st October.

6×13: The Wedding of River Song

Written by Steven Moffat / Directed by Jeremy Webb

“I don’t want to marry you.”

“I don’t want to murder you.”

The Doctor travels to Lake Silencio for his date with destiny. While i was writing this, my wife asked me, “What happens?” and when i frowned and pondered my answer, she hurriedly added, “in one sentence. Quite a short one.” I thought of a moment and said, “The Doctor goes to his death – and it doesn’t work out as well as he expected.”

Airs in the United Kingdom on BBC One and BBC One HD on Saturday 1st October. Airs in the United States on BBC America at 9/8c on Saturday 1st October. Airs in Australia on ABC 1 at 7:30pm on Saturday 8th October.

The Doctor returns in 3 days.

Categories: BBC, Doctor Who, Series Six
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