The Doctor and his frequent companion Pudsey

Something that sometimes helps when we’re going through a bad situation – such as the one we in the New York City region are enduring this week with Superstorm Sandy – is to remember that there is always someone worse off than yourself. I don’t mean that in a schadenfreude way; I mean it in a humanitarian way.

The BBC’s annual CHILDREN IN NEED telethon raises money for grants to finance projects that help disadvantaged youths throughout the U.K. DOCTOR WHO has long been a part of that effort by providing specially created features to lure people into the watching the telethon and making donations. In the past, DOCTOR WHO programming has ranged from the legendary Curse of the Fatal Death (written by our pal Steven Moffat) to Time Crash (Moffat again) to the… um, unusual piece, Dimensions in Time (not Moffat). At any rate, the show has always pitched in, and the 11th Doctor’s era carries on that tradition.

The BBC has announced that this year’s contribution will feature the Doctor himself:

DOCTOR WHO, featuring Matt Smith, will bring viewers an extra special ‘prequel’ to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for CHILDREN IN NEED, and an exclusive preview trailer of the Christmas special including the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion.

Now, Yanks such a myself are probably asking, “What does ‘bespoke’ mean?” Well, as best as I can determine, it means “customized,” so it must be a story specially tailored for CHILDREN IN NEED. But, hey, whatever it turns out to be, as long as Matt is doing it, I’m in!

The BBC’s CHILDREN IN NEED telethon will be broadcast in the UK on Friday, Nov. 16.

Oh, yeah? Sez you!

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