Doctor Who Logo 'Good as Gold'

by the pupils of Ashdene School**
The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and the writers

“I’ve set the TARDIS to ‘Adventure Setting!’” – The Doctor

Travelling with the Doctor once more, Amy remarks on the fact that it has been ages since the Doctor had an adventure, when according to ‘The Intrepid Universe Traveller Handbook’, he should have one at least once a week. The Doctor rises to the bait and sets the TARDIS on ‘Adventure Setting’ – which immediately causes the ship’s console to explode, badly singeing the Time Lord’s hair in the process. The Doctor attempts to alter the setting, but the ship goes out of control and crash lands slap bang in the middle of the 2012 Olympics – and then an athlete bursts into the TARDIS control room, carrying the Olympic Torch itself! Pausing only to remark on the state of the Doctor’s hair, the torch-bearer explains that he is being chased by something terrible – and when the Doctor and Amy look past him, they see the terrifying figure of a Weeping Angel! The Doctor and Amy’s warning not to blink is spoilt by an explosion from the TARDIS console, and when they and their athletic visitor turn back to look at the invading creature, they are shocked to see that it has now moved and snatched the Olympic Torch! Realising that the Angel wants to destroy the very spirit of respect, excellence and friendship that the iconic torch represents, the Doctor whips out his sonic screwdriver and fires it at the evil monster: as the Weeping Angel explodes into pieces, the Olympic athlete leaps forward and grabs the Torch before it can break. Thanking the Doctor for his help, the Torch-Bearer tosses his medal to the Time Lord, a gift for being as “good as gold”. As the athlete heads back outside to light the Olympic flame, the Doctor and Amy resume their quest for adventure. But, unseen behind them in the control room, the badly-damaged Weeping Angel begins to reform…

Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gilla (Amy Pond), Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Olympic Torch-Bearer), Sarah Maddison (Weeping Angel)

Directed by Saul Metzstein
Produced by Marcus Wilson
Executive Producers Steven Moffat, Caroline Skinner and Katy Jones
A BBC Wales production

24th May 2012 (within 'Blue Peter' @ 5.45pm - 6.15pm)

*Featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy

**Written by Emily Gaskin, Rebecca Howitt and Libby Pratt from from Ashdene Primary School in Wilmslow, with assistance from their teacher, Irene Spawton

*This three-minute mini-episode was shown within the children's magazine programme 'Blue Peter', which was broadcast at 5.45 pm on the CBBC channel; it was then repeated the following day on BBC 1 at 4.30 pm.

*The 'Script to Screen' competition was launched in January 2012 in collaboration with 'Blue Peter'; it was open to UK pupils aged 9-11, and entrants were asked to collaborate on a script that too the Doctor on a new quest travelling through space and time. The prize for the lucky winners was an invitation to the 'Doctor Who' set in Cardiff to see their mini-episode being recorded

*A two-minute video was shown on 'Blue Peter' to introduce the competition: the Doctor asks the primary school children of Great Britain to help rescue him, Amy and Rory from the Land of Fiction, by coming up with a story of 'Olympian proportions' through which they can escape

*A second two-minute video was later shown on 'Blue Peter' to remind viewers of the competition closing date of March 2012: Amy urges school children to write a story that will rescue her, the Doctor and Rory from the Land of Fiction

*The Olympic Torch also featured in the 2006 story 'Fear Her', in which the Tenth Doctor carried the torch on the last part of its journey towards the Olympic Stadium.

*Matt Smith carried the real Olympic Torch on Saturday 26th May, as part of its seventy-day trip around the United Kingdom. He bore the torch early on Saturday morning, at the start of its journey from Cardiff, the capital of Wales and home of 'Doctor Who', to Swansea a few miles along the coast; the torch then visited the communities of Barry, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda and Bridgend