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Science with Mr Who

Young television viewers have voted Doctor Who star David Tennant as the clear winner when asked “Which famous person would make a good teacher?”

25% of the kids surveyed by CBBC Newsround and The Children’s Society reckoned the Doctor would be best at teaching them science, history and geography because of his extensive travels through time and space.

Alice, 13, from Hampshire said: “I think it would be amazing if David Tennant taught history.

“He’s the Doctor; he’s been around since the beginning of time. Who knows more about history than him?”

That’s pretty cute, and an interesting look into the way kids minds work. They want to be taught by someone they respect. Kids don’t want to be taught by someone they know has the same failings as everyone else. Serial shaggers, smokers, soaks and softies are not material for teachers if kids can get a hook on this.

Who else is a bigger figure than the Doctor? According to this survey, no one; runners up include David Beckham as the best PE teacher, and JK Rowling as best English teacher; Billie Piper also got a look in as someone children thought would understand what it is like to be young, and Kylie was chosen for being kind and caring.

It’s becoming increasingly like “Hello!” this news page…

Incidentally while we’re on the subject of Newsround and Doctor Who, David Tennant and Freema Agyeman were on hand this week to sign 300 copies of the Doctor Who Series 3 DVD boxset for patient fans.

On sale since Monday, the DVD boxset is widely expected to be a massive smash this Christmas, and is available from Amazon who are listing the Series 3 DVD Boxset for £52.49, a 25% discount!

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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