Doctor Who News Former Doctor Who David Tennant co-stars with former companion Sophie Aldred in Tree-Fu-Tom

Published on February 20th, 2012 | by Scott Varnham

Past Doctor & Companion Team Up For CBeebies!

Coming to your screens in March (if you or your child watch CBeebies, otherwise this is of basically no relevance whatsoever) is a new series starring Sophie Aldred and former Doctor himself, David Tennant!

Former Doctor Who David Tennant co-stars with former companion Sophie Aldred in Tree-Fu-TomPossessing the rather weird name of Tree Fu Tom, the show is based in a magical world where movement creates magic (joggers in this world must be like The Flash). Aldred plays Tom, a wee boy who becomes a superhero tasked with stopping the Barkers or some such, while Tennant plays Twigs (a name which makes him sound like a Mafia gangster whose ‘thing’ is wood).

Trotting out the usual PR talk, Tennant (apparently) said,

“I think Tree Fu Tom is imaginative, inventive, exciting, really good fun and it looks beautiful. It looks like no expense has been spared and I can’t wait to see all the finished episodes as everything I have seen so far has been a visual feast. It’s an incredible, wonderful thing that we have channels like CBeebies that devote so much time and effort and skill to telling wonderful stories.”

Meanwhile, Aldred had this to say on her co-star:

“I had previously played a character called Ace who was Doctor Who’s companion and now, some years later, I’ve got a Doctor Who as my companion! It’s been really great working with David and we have shared a couple of Doctor Who stories!”

Well, even if it’s not to my personal taste, it sounds like something that children will enjoy (not that I would know, since it’s been a decade and a half since the interests of small children and myself coincided). And who knows, hopefully really small ones can be introduced to Doctor Who by following the careers of these two fine actors!

(Thanks to Radio Times!)



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7 Responses to Past Doctor & Companion Team Up For CBeebies!

  1. avatar Stlshawn says:

    Sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to see it.

  2. avatar daniel says:

    to be fair to c beebies and cbbc…catch the audience young with quality tv and they demand it when they get older.

    ITV has no childrens TV and they end up with the likes of Take Me Out and that kind of cobblers.

  3. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    My one year old can already say TARDIS and Dalek, so he’s well on the way. I’m sure he’ll love this.

  4. avatar ChrisL says:

    I was slightly annoyed by the dismissive and superior attitude displayed by Scott in the above preview!
    CBBC is something we should all be immensely grateful for. Just compare their output with that of children’s TV in other countries and you’ll soon see just how high the quality of CBBC is. They don’t patronise, they don’t force fake morality on to our children, they don’t insult the intelligence of their audience and the production values are high. These are qualities not often seen in the trashy imported children’s television shown on other channels.

    This new show sounds wonderful and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending that children should give it a chance. If only my own kids weren’t now in their twenties I’d be be making sure they watched it – if only so I could enjoy it as well :-)
    In fact I may even take a look anyway.
    Any channel that is a friend of Sarah Jane Smith’s is a friend of mine, David and Sophie have never let me down in the past & neither has CBBC. In fact all the ingredients are there for a fantastic little show in the context of children’s entertainment!

    • Don’t worry Chris, the Children of Kasterborous will be viewing!

  5. avatar H says:

    Well, I love it. I’m far too old for it and I have no kids.

    My excuse is that I adore David Tennant in any form, and this is no exception: for me, Twigs steals the show!

    Would someone make a Twigs figure? please please please please please please PLEASE?! Yes, that was my Twigs impression.

    • I watched it with Tree Fu Bruce and Tree Fu Erin-Rose the other morning, both far too young to have any notion of what the box in the corner of the room is actually doing, and I loved it.

      You’re right, H, Twigs is AWESOME!

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