DOCTOR WHO is Good as Gold

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!

I quite liked that little interlude. Sure, it felt rushed a little slap-sticky, but it was written by kids! Matt Smith was in fine form as the Doctor, and, judging by the amped-up manner in which Karen Gillan played Amy (plus the absence of Rory), I would guess the tale slots somewhere early in season six.

This is an example of what I think is so wonderful about DOCTOR WHO: its infinite malleability. It can be a program filled with hard science-fiction speculation and gothic horror — or a delightful children’s program with a childlike sense of innocence and fun, as in this mini-episode. Smith is equally adept at playing the serious and more lighthearted moments, so he was perfect here using a light touch to handle the big threat of a Weeping Angel.

We won’t get into the issue of how a Weeping Angel could possibly chase a runner on an Olympic track, since at least some of the tens of thousands of spectator eyes had to be open and not blinking at any particular moment; kids wrote it!

Oh, yeah? Sez you!

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