DOCTOR WHO began its incredible run back in 1963 with the brief to be a children’s program that educates while it entertains, hence the preponderance of “historical” stories in the early years. DW was created specifically with children in mind, so it’s only fitting that in recent years the series has returned to its roots with the Script to Screen contest aimed at children in elementary schools in the UK.
Children between the ages of 9 and 11 collaborate in class to write a short script for DOCTOR WHO, and the winning entry is produced as a full-fledged episode starring the real cast, with visual effects, music and everything else. The theme of this year’s contest was the Olympics, and the children of Ashdene Primary School in Wilmslow submitted the winning 3-minute entry, “Good as Gold.” Enjoy!
Argh! I don’t know whether this helps me weather the long drought of waiting until fall to see new full-length DOCTOR WHO episodes, or just makes me even crazier to see the episodes sooner!