Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Doctor Who Script to Screen competition returning for Olympics

To coincide with the Olympic games, the BBC have announced that the Script to Screen competition will return later this year.

The competition, which allows School children to write a mini Doctor Who episode, was originally launched by Doctor Who Confidential in 2011.

Following the success of last year's competition, Blue Peter have resurrected the contest which will allow 9-11 year olds to write an Olympic-themed story for the Doctor, Amy, Rory plus one monster and a new human character.

Following the 2011 competition a survey found that 96% of teachers believed it was an excellent tool for teaching literacy and writing skills. Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's lead writer and executive producer, reflected, 'I come from a family of teachers, I was a teacher, my father's a teacher, my sister's a teacher. We go back teacher generations so it's hard wired for me to want the approval of teachers so I'm very, very thrilled that its gone down so well with the schools that took part.' 
Caroline Skinner, executive producer of Doctor Who, looked forward to the return of Script to Screen and commented, 'It's so exciting to be able to challenge young writers in this way. Doctor Who is such an amazing show to work on. It really sets the imaginations of viewers alight, and it's a thrilling prospect to see where young members of our audience would like to see the Doctor go this time!'

Matt Smith will be launching the competition during tomorrow's (12 January) episode of Blue Peter which will be broadcast on CBBC at 5.15pm.

Entries (1 per school) can be submitted via the BBC website until 16th March 2012.

(Source: BBC Doctor Who)


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