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Published on April 28th, 2012 | by Scott Varnham

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A Poem Is… Being Read By Matt Smith

Disney Junior UK are finally doing something good with their ability to brainwash children, by introducing them to poetry through celebrity recitations played over classic Disney animations for a programme called A Poem Is.

David Walliams, who appeared as Gibbis in The God Complex, will also be reading a poem on a different edition.

Of course, this piece wouldn’t be on a Doctor Who fan-site if the news didn’t relate to the Whoniverse in some way, so here’s the link: Matt Smith will be reading a poem called “Once They All Believed In Dragons” by Jack Prelutsky. Sounds fiery.

Lest you be cynical and think that this is just another job for the Time Lord, he wishes to make it very clear that he has

always had an enthusiasm for poetry.

One hopes that this will get more children into the classical arts (in the same way that playing Mozart to a child in the womb is supposed to make it more intelligent) and while the show is not new (past performers have included Kenneth Branagh and Owen Wilson), the fact that the current Doctor is doing something for it will be sure to attract quite a few fans who will hopefully stick around.

The show begins on the 30th of April on Disney Junior UK, so if you have children who you want to be educated in such matters then you know when to set your video recorders for! One for the Children of Kasterborous, Christian?

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