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The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Doctor Who

Just 24 hours ago, the BBC Press Office released details of this years Children in Need event, which will feature all the usual fun and nonsense on the evening of Friday November 14th on BBC One.

In this release was news of a Doctor Who element, in a sentence that ran something like this:

There are Children in Need themed scenes from Doctor Who and Ashes to Ashes…

Yet behold! Now there is nothing of the sort at all:

There is a Children In Need-themed scene from Ashes To Ashes

Of course given Doctor Who and Children in Need’s close ties – which run all the way back to the broadcast of the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors in 1983 – this is particularly unusual.

Since the show has returned, we’ve had the post regenerative Doctor having a few problems, and of course last year’s Time Crash – which featured Doctors five and ten.

There was also the superb live event bringing Murray Gold’s Doctor Who soundtracks to light in 2006… but so far this year everything seems to be underwraps.

Who knows why?

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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