Blue Peter Viewers To Design New Doctor Who Device

CBBC is celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who with the launch of a Blue Peter competition, to give kids the chance to design a new device for the next series of Doctor Who

The competition, which will be launched on the Doctor Who : Blue Peter Special on Thursday 21 November, will invite viewers aged between six and 15 to design a new sonic device for either Sontaran Commander Strax, Madame Vastra or Jenny Flint. The winning gadgets will feature in the show next year.

Vastra Jenny Strax

All entries will be considered by a panel of judges which will include Doctor Who guv'nor Steven Moffat. Winners will be announced as part of Blue Peter ’s Christmas show on Thursday 19 December. The designer of the winning device will be invited to Cardiff to see their gadget being used on the Doctor Who set. Competition details will be live on the Blue Peter website following the launch on the show on 21 November.

Ewan Vinnicombe, editor of Blue Peter , said: “ Blue Peter and Doctor Who have collaborated many times over the history of both series and we felt that the 50th anniversary was a great opportunity to celebrate that and give our young viewers the chance to use their imagination and really get involved in the show. We can’t wait to see what great ideas they come up with for the new devices and to see them in action on the Doctor Who set.”

In addition to the exclusive competition, Blue Peter will also be broadcasting two live episodes dedicated to Doctor Who – that Doctor Who: Blue Peter Special on Thursday 21 November and a Doctor Who: Blue Peter Party episode on Saturday 23 November, the day of the anniversary. The show's presenters will be joined by aliens and monsters and kids' questions will be answered by Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman. For more information on Blue Peter and other CBBC shows, visit www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc .

SFX issues 241 (on sale now) and 242 (on sale from Wednesday 13 November) both feature massive Doctor Who celebrations with exclusive interview content.