BBC invites entries from kids for a “sports themed” episode of Doctor Who!

by Lynn Connolly

BBC Learning have announced that they are giving school children a chance to write an episode of Doctor Who, which will air on the channel.

The only prerequisite for the storyline is that it should be sports themed.

Entitled ‘Script to Screen’ the competition, which was originally announced Blue Peter last week, will ask upper primary school pupils to pen and develop a three minute script that takes Doctor Who on a new quest through time and space.

The BBC’s statement about the competition reads…

Children can be as creative and imaginative as they want to be in order to put together a story that is filled with all the excitement and adventure of the popular BBC One sci-fi drama…

The action-packed script must have an Olympic theme and should feature Matt Smith, the eleventh Doctor; Amy and/or Rory and one of the mystical monsters – a Judoon, Cyberman, Ood, or Weeping Angel – and/or a brand new human character created by the children themselves.

In order to introduce the competition to the classroom, teachers can click here for further information. The closing date for the comp is March 16th. .

Of the venture, Katy Jones, who’s the Executive Producer for BBC Learning, said, “We had a fantastic response to the competition last year, with teachers reporting that it had appealed to even the most reluctant writers.

“This year the competition promises to be even bigger and better, and we’re really hoping to inspire the next generation of writers and storytellers.”

“Doctor Who is such a well-loved show that really captures the imagination of children across the UK and we’re really excited to see where the schools will take the Doctor this time around.”

The winners will be invited to the BBC’s studios in Cardiff, where they’ll get to see their script brought to life by the Doctor Who’s cast and crew. The winning film will subsequent be broadcast on Blue Peter.

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.