Doctor Who needs you!

  • Doctor Who needs you!

The BBC has called upon primary schools to create a new adventure for the nation's favourite Time Lord.

In celebration of the new series of Doctor Who, BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential have announced ‘Script to Screen’ – a competition that will reward one lucky team of children with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pen a Doctor Who mini-adventure, featuring eleventh doctor, Matt Smith.

Open to children in Y5 and 6 in England and Wales (6 and 7 in Scotland, and P5 and P6 in Northern Ireland), teams must collaborate to produce a three-minute script that will take the Doctor on a quest through space and time. Scripts may include one of four monsters from the show – Ood, Judoon, Cyberman, or Weeping Angel – as well as a brand new human character to test our hero’s wits. Most important, however, will be the teams’ creativity and imagination.

The lucky winners will travel to the BBC’s studios in Cardiff, where they’ll see their script brought to life by the Doctor Who team – and Doctor Who Confidential will be on hand to show viewers how the children’s ideas are transformed into live action for the small screen.

Amongst the primary resources that will be available on the BBC Learning website to help guide teachers and pupils through the process will be lesson plans, a storyboard and a sample script – there’ll even be downloadable sound effects and images, allowing every team to bring their scripts to life in the classroom. BAFTA Award winner and head writer at Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, will also offer his expert advice and helpful tips on how to pull together a stand out script with memorable characters.

Full details of how to enter the competition, including the judging criteria and terms and conditions, will be available on bbc.co.uk/teachers on April 20th. The downloadable BBC Learning resources will be available from April 23rd 2011, and the closing date for entries is Monday 13th June 2011.

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Pie Corbett