The BBC has released the first image from the animated Doctor Who adventure “Dreamland”, which is due for broadcast later this year. Click on the picture above for a larger version.
The six-part series will be premiered on the BBC Red Button service and the Doctor Who website (bbc.co.uk/doctorwho). The 45-minute long animated story will then be broadcast in its entirety on CBBC on BBC Two in the autumn and also on the BBC HD channel.
Written by Phil Ford (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures) “Dreamland” will see the Doctor (David Tennant) arrive at the infamous alien hot spot, Roswell. During a visit to a local diner he stumbles upon a mysterious alien artefact that leads him on a mission to rescue Rivesh Mantilax from the threat of the Viperox and the clutches of the American military.
Joining David Tennant are Georgia Moffett (“The Doctor’s Daughter", Spooks) in the role of Cassie Rice, the Doctor's new companion for the animated adventure. David Warner also stars as the leader of the ruthless Viperox.
In the run-up to the animation, fans will be able to visit the Doctor Who website (bbc.co.uk/doctorwho) to follow a behind-the-scenes production blog on the making of “Dreamland”, giving them the opportunity to follow the progress of the animation as it develops.
“Dreamland” is executive produced by Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Piers Wenger, with Gary Russell directing.
Russell T Davies says: "Dreamland is a remarkable project and I'm thrilled with it. Phil Ford is a wonderful writer and promises to send the Doctor into a whole new visual dimension."
Rosie Allimonos, BBC Drama Multiplatform Commissioner, says: "I‘m extremely excited about Dreamland. It presents an amazing opportunity to expand the multiplatform storytelling potential of Doctor Who. To offer the ability to watch this brand new Doctor Who animation on so many different BBC platforms is a real treat for our audience."
Richard Deverell, Controller, BBC Children's, says: "This is a wonderful addition to the already fantastic portfolio of CBBC programming. Having talent like Russell T Davies and Phil Ford at the helm of this project will no doubt ensure it captures the imagination of CBBC viewers."