Children in Need 2017Bookmark and Share

Friday, 10 November 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This year's annual fundraising evening Children in Need will take place from 7:30pm on Friday 17th November, and as in previous years will include a preview of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special. The preview is currently scheduled to be shown during the first half hour.

Children in Need 2017 - Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and David Bradley (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)
Children in Need 2017 - Peter Capaldi (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway) Children in Need 2017 - Peter Capaldi (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)
Children in Need 2017 - Pearl Mackie (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston) Children in Need 2017 - Pearl Mackie (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston)


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Children in Need: Christmas Special previewBookmark and Share

Friday, 18 November 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
An exclusive preview of the forthcoming Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, has been shown as part of this year's Children in Need charity evening on BBC One; the Doctor also made a guest appearance in a Fantastic Beasts Special sketch featuring a host of stars!



The episode itself will be shown on Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC America, with other channels to confirm shortly.



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BBC Children in Need to preview Doctor Who Christmas specialBookmark and Share

Thursday, 3 November 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
As in previous years, the BBC's annual charity fundraising evening for Children in Need will feature an item relating to the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special.

This year this will take the form of an exclusive clip from The Return of Doctor Mysterio:
Pledge to Children in Need with the Doctor in 2016! (Credit: BBC)The sneak peak will see the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi and Nardole, played by Matt Lucas, team up with an investigative reporter played by Charity Wakefield and a masked vigilante played by Justin Chatwin to defend New York from a terrifying alien invasion before the full episode, ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’, airs at Christmas.

Written by Steven Moffat, they will be joined by Adetomiwa Edun, Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman.

The exclusive clip will form part of BBC Children in Need’s Appeal Show on Friday 18th November, 7pm, BBC One whilst the 60 minute special will air later in the year at Christmas.

The programme is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark).

This year's Children in Need takes place in the evening of Friday 18th November.


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Children in Need 2015Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 14 November 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Last night the annual Children in Need appeal evening raised £37,100,687 in order to help children and young people who are disadvantaged in the United Kingdom.

Though there were no specific Doctor Who related presentations this year, a Dalek did appear as part of a sketch by Harry Hill representing the show in television history, and you can still donate to the charity by clicking below:


Children in Need 2015 (Credit: BBC)
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Doctor Who has often had some involvement with Children in Need, harking back to 25th November 1983 when the 20th Anniversary Special, The Five Doctors was broadcast as part of the appeal (with then Doctor Peter Davison providing the Doctor's coat for auction). Other activities include:





Christmas Special 2014 - Children in Need PreviewBookmark and Share

Friday, 14 November 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The BBC has aired a preview of the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special during the Children in Need telethon on BBC One.


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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This Friday's Children in Need will feature the first preview for the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor with Nick Frost as Santa Claus.

The Doctor and Santa Claus (Credit: BBC)
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Children in Need is on this coming Friday from 7:30pm on BBC One.





Children in Need RoundupBookmark and Share

Sunday, 9 November 2014 - Reported by Ben Morton
The fundraising telethon Children in Need is to return on Friday (14th November) on BBC One at 7pm. The BBC has confirmed that there will be a segment for Doctor Who. This has been the case since the show's revival back in 2005. Whether it will be in the form of a trailer or a mini-episode is currently unknown.

Children in Need have also launched an online auction on eBay, offering a once-in-a lifetime trip to the Doctor Who set in Cardiff and the chance to experience the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
An exclusive Doctor Who behind the scenes set visit!

The Doctor Who production team are kindly offering an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience for two lucky Whovians! The winning bidder plus a friend will go behind the scenes of filming for an episode of the next series, and see Peter Capaldi in action in his latest outing as The Doctor.

The winner of this package will experience:

  • Watching filming for an episode of the new series of Doctor Who
  • A conducted VIP tour of the set
  • Meeting the cast of the show (this is dependent on schedules, specific requests unfortunately cannot be guaranteed)
  • Having a photo taken on the set
  • A nice lunch with the crew

The location for filming will be confirmed at a later date by the Doctor Who production team. You will need to arrange your own transport to and from the experience plus any accommodation. The experience will take place on a date determined by the production team in 2015. The winning bidder will also need to sign a non-disclosure agreement to ensure that the new series remains a secret!

The winning bidder will be contacted by BBC Children in Need within 5 working days of payment reaching our PayPal account to confirm your package. Your details will then be passed on to the Doctor Who production team who will arrange the day with you. The BBC reserves the right to change the package.

Every single penny raised by the auction will go towards making a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

Thank you for supporting BBC Children in Need


Happy Bidding!

Another Doctor Who experience up for auction is to spend a day with the BBC National Orchestra as they rehearse for Symphonic Spectacular tour.

BBC National Orchestra Of Wales - 19/20 May 2015

Place your bids to experience a day with Radio 3’s Orchestra in Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales:

On either 19th or 20th May 2015 in Cardiff you and a guest will sit in on a rehearsal with BBC NOW and Conductor Ben Foster, see how the orchestra rehearses and get a sneak preview all of your favourite Doctor Who themes, first hand, ahead of our Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular Arena Tour.

Then get the chance to ask all of those questions you’ve been storing up over coffee with Ben Foster. After coffee you’ll be whisked off to join the BBC National Chorus of Wales in their seats and experience the rehearsal from within, make sure you’re nicely warmed up as you’ll even get the opportunity to sing along if you wish (subject to date/rehearsing schedule).

You’ll have plenty of time to fit in a visit to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay and receive a goody bag of BBC NOW merchandise, including a Doctor Who Soundtrack signed by the composer, Murray Gold.

To top off your BBC NOW experience we’re offering a pair of tickets to one of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular arena performances. In addition we’re offering the chance to see the orchestra doing something completely different with a pair of tickets to a BBC NOW concert broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. (Excludes Christmas Celebrations and St David’s Day).

Please note that transport and overnight accommodation are not included in this prize.

The winning bidder will be contacted by BBC Children in Need within 5 working days of payment reaching our PayPal account to confirm your package. Your details will then be passed on to a representative from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales who will arrange the experience with you.

Every single penny raised by the auction will go towards making a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, right here in the UK.

Signed Pudsey bears by numerous Doctor Who cast are up for auction: Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Simon Callow (Charles Dickens), Bradley Walsh (Elijah Spellman), Professor Brian Cox (Himself, The Power of Three), Matt Baker (Himself, Aliens of London / World War Three) and Greg James (Shopper, Closing Time).

Signed Pudsey t-shirt by Kylie Minogue (Astrid Peth).
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All profits made from the auctions are 100% donated to BBC Children in Need.




Doctor Who set visit in Children in Need ebay auctionBookmark and Share

Sunday, 10 November 2013 - Reported by Anthony Weight
As part of the annual fundraising effort for the BBC Children in Need Appeal, a set visit to watch a day's production on the first episode of the next series of Doctor Who has appeared in the charity's set of e-bay auctions.

The auction, which is open until 9.17pm on Sunday 17th November, offers the winner the following:

The Doctor Who team have kindly donated an incredible once in a lifetime experience. The lucky winner and one other will go behind the scenes of the filming for the first episode of the new Doctor Who series, and will be amongst the first to watch Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor!

Watch filming for the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who!

See Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor before any other member of the public!

A conducted VIP tour of the set. Meeting the cast of the show. (Meeting the cast is dependent on schedules, specific requests unfortunately cannot be guaranteed).

Have a photo taken on the set.

A nice lunch with the crew.

The location for filming will be confirmed at a later date by the Doctor Who production team. You will need to arrange your own transport to and from the experience plus any accommodation. The experience will take place on a date determined by the production team in January 2014. The winning bidder will also need to sign a non-disclosure agreement to ensure that the new series remains a secret!

The winning bidder will be contacted by BBC Children in Need within 5 working days of payment reaching our PayPal account to confirm your package. Your details will then be passed on to the Doctor Who production team who will arrange the day with you. BBC Children in Need will send the winning bidder a certificate of authenticity which we will dispatch by special delivery within 5 working days of the payment reaching our PayPal account.

Doctor Who has had a long association with the BBC's annual Children in Need campaign, particularly on the night of the main BBC One telethon. The Five Doctors had its début UK broadcast as part of Children in Need in 1983, and since then various events, special episodes and previews have been associated with the campaign during November.




Doctor Who Dominates Portal AwardsBookmark and Share

Monday, 2 August 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: Portal AwardDoctor Who has dominated the 2010 Portal Awards, held by Airlock Alpha part of the BlipNetwork.

Doctor Who was named Best Series/Television with 65% of the vote beating Torchwood into second place.

David Tennant was overwhelmingly voted Best Actor/television with a massive 68% of the vote, beating John Barrowman who was in second place with 10% of the vote.

Bernard Cribbins won Best Supporting Actor/Television for his portrayal of Wilfred Mott in The End of Time with 59 percent of the vote. The End of Time was itself voted Best Episode/Television.

Alex Kingston was voted Best Special Guest for her portrayal of River Song in Time of Angels.

The award for Best Actress/Television went to Eve Myles for Torchwood - Children of Earth, beating Karen Gillan into second place

The Gene Roddenberry Award for lifetime achievement was given to Russell T Davies for his work on Doctor Who and Torchwood.

This was the 11th year for the Portal Awards, which started in 1999 as the SyFy Genre Awards. An international nominating committee generated a list of five nominees for each category and readers then had 30 days to vote.

Doctor Who has won seven awards over the years, and is third to Star Trek: Voyager (18 wins) and Farscape (eight wins).

Full list of winners.