Wanna Write For Doctor Who?


Okay first the rules and a bit of background info: BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential have announced ‘Script to Screen’ a fantastic competition giving a team of school children aged between 9-11 (nnoooooo!) the chance to write a mini adventure staring the Eleventh Doctor himself, Matt Smith.

To win teams of school children have been asked to produce an adventure across time and space within the four relative dimensions of the TARDIS.

The winners will be whisked away to Cardiff where their script will be brought to life by the production team and cast- with the whole event, from script to the final piece, captured by the Confidential team.

Saul Nassé, Controller of BBC Learning, said:

“The Script to Screen competition is a fantastic way for children to learn new writing skills, whether or not they are winners. We are delighted that the stellar cast and crew of Doctor Who are on board for this journey of learning through time and space.”

The script can be about anything you can imagine but it must include the Eleventh Doctor and one of four fearsome monsters from a choice of Ood, Judoon, Cyberman or Weeping Angel, as well as a brand new human character to test the wits of the Doctor.

Steven Moffat, who’ll be providing helpful tips and his expertise on writing memorable scripts,  lent some words of wisdom to his potential replacements:

Doctor Who made me want to write. It made me fall in love in television, script writing and storytelling, and led me by the hand to the best job in the world. It also made me want to defend the Earth from aliens but that hasn’t come up so often. I know the power this show has to set young imaginations alight, because I’ve lived it, so I’m incredibly excited to be involved in this project.”

The wining entry will be chosen by Moffat and Nassé along with Executive Producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.

Full terms and conditions will be made available on bbc.co.uk/teachers on April 20th 2011.

Tailored learning resources will be available on the BBC Learning website to help guide teachers and pupils through the process will be available from April 23rd 2011 and the closing date for entries Monday 13th June 2011.

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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