The Doctor and the DalekBookmark and Share

Monday, 20 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The BBC is to release a new children's game featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. The focus of The Doctor and the Dalek, written by new series writer Phil Ford and aimed at 6-12 year olds, will be on getting more young people in to computer coding.

Players join the action as the TARDIS materialises amidst a deadly pursuit through space – a Dalek Saucer bearing down on a Cyber-ship. But from that Cyber-ship emanates a distress call – from a Dalek! On freeing the battered Dalek from his Cybermen captors, the Doctor finds himself taking his new unlikely ally on a mission to save all of creation from destruction at the hands of his greatest enemies.

But why would a Dalek turn to its mortal foe for help? To find out, join the 'Doctor and the Dalek' in a new adventure spanning the Sontar homeworld and its vile Clone Chambers, which have never been shown on-screen before, as well as reintroducing the icy Cyber-tombs of Telos – last seen in classic Doctor Who episodes.

The Doctor said: "Oi! Short and not-very-old one! I need your help - I’ve got a Dalek and we’ve got a mission to save the universe. So get on over to the CBBC website, and play 'The Doctor and the Dalek' while there’s still a universe left! Come on! Chop chop! Make it Digital on the BBC."


BBC's Technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones tried out the game with game producer Richard Jenkins of BBC Wales Online. The video is viewable here.

The game will be made available for free at bbc.co.uk/cbbc from Wednesday 22 October as part of the BBC's Make it Digital initiative.




Blue Peter to broadcast 12th Doctor SpecialBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
Tomorrow's edition of CBBC magazine programme Blue Peter will be a special programme dedicated to Peter Capaldi as the incoming Doctor and featuring the winners of last year's competition to design sonic devices for the Paternoster Gang of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Commander Strax.

The 12th Doctor: A Blue Peter Special - presented by Barney Harwood, Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya - takes the three young contest winners Connor, Arthur and Amber behind the scenes of Doctor Who to see their sonic gauntlet, lorgnette and hat pin in action, where they also meet Capaldi.

In addition, Dan Starkey, who plays Strax, talks about how he is turned into a Sontaran via prosthetics, while the make-it will be a TARDIS T-shirt.

The programme, which airs at 5.30pm, will be repeated on Saturday at 8.20am and then at 6.25pm as part of a range of Doctor Who-related programmes being shown on CBBC from 1.40pm - also comprising episodes from The Sarah Jane Adventures as well as the animated adventures The Infinite Quest and Dreamland plus documentary 12 Again - in the run-up to the broadcast of Deep Breath that evening.

The show will also be available to TV licence-payers in the UK for a limited time via the BBC iPlayer.

As part of its celebration of the new series of Doctor Who, the Blue Peter website also has details about how to make Doctor Who character masks as well as Doctor Who T-shirts, and is inviting people to invent a new Doctor Who character.