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Monsters Required

John Barrowman is beginning his gradual and well-planned return to television ubiquity with his new show Tonight’s the Night – a sort of talent show combined with Jim’ll Fix It, from all accounts.

He’s also after your help – should you be an alien, or have an original home-made alien outfit.

That’s right – there’s a special Doctor Who scene planned, one that requires one single alien, so the competition is remarkably tough.

To begin, grown up entrants must enter the ‘Online Selection’ stage, and show how creative they are by making an original alien outfit, such as a papier-mâché painted head.

The entries are then judged by a team from the BBC – 50 outstanding applicants will be invited invited to Phase Two of the competition in London, known as the ‘Alien Activity Day’ giving the chosen (and extremely embarrassing) lucky few have the opportunity to impress the Doctor’s assistants in his search for a new alien race!

Th remaining ten aliens are then required to face the expert panel individually and in a bizarre Alien X Factor-style setup will be assessed on their vocal, movement and scene stealing abilities.

Only one shall survive to the end, however. What happens then is anyones guess, but we’ll no doubt get to see the outcome when this is aired in April/May 2009. Find out more at the BBC’s Official Doctor Who website.



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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