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Published on November 4th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

The Doctor Teaches!

Oh, how the way that children get to interact with Doctor Who has changed in the last few decades, and isn’t that just brilliant! To celebrate the release of the new Doctor Who adventure game The Gunpowder Plot (available now from the official BBC Doctor Who website), a whole host of familiar faces made an appearance to entertain and inform a lucky group of kids.

Sontarans, character actors and even a Silent made an appearance to talk about the game and discuss important facts that may have been learned whilst playing it.

You see, Doctor Who has always tried to include historical facts into some of its stories to educate as well as entertain and The Gunpowder Plot is no different – in fact it’s gone a whole step further by bringing out a brilliant teacher resource pack for kids to work through once they have played the game.

The complete pack will be released over the next two months and the first part, which asks questions about key elements of the true story) is already available for download. It includes different tasks and questions for children of different ages and is quite frankly brilliant.

In an era where children would rather watch television or play computer games than anything else, the BBC has incorporated all of these interests into one handy educational package-they deserve an award for this one!

You can download The Gunpowder Plot for free (if you live in the UK) from the BBC’s Official Doctor Who pages; if you would like to learn more about the educational resource pack that accompanies it, visit www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/doctorwho_adventuregame

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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