‘Doctor Who’ Fans Will Face Computer Challenge During Series Nine

The BBC’s new computer awareness movement Make It Digital is to set the more IT-literate of its viewers a new "challenge"

Fans of ‘Doctor Who’ will have the opportunity to be even more immersed in the shows universe than normal when it returns in the autumn.

In a bold move to capture fan imagination the BBC has revealed that they are inviting fans to develop a computer programme based on what happens during the series.

The BBC’s new computer awareness movement Make It Digital is to set the more IT-literate of its viewers a new “challenge” which will involve watching the next series – and then going off and designing a special computer programme based on the much-loved drama.

The exact details of this event are at present still under wraps but BBC’s creative director Alan Yentob revealed that “Steven Moffat is on board” and that, as far as he is aware, the challenge is being worked into the scripts for the next series.

A statement said: “The aim is to encourage and celebrate fan creativity and showcase some of our audience’s amazing user-generated content that has gathered millions of views online and has even made it onto the show. More details will be announced in due course.”

This latest move follows up on

October’s launch of The Doctor and the Dalek, a game which aimed to introduce computing skills to children as they help the Doctor on his latest adventure.

Voiced by Peter Capaldi the game saw the Twelfth Doctor thrown into a dangerous quest in a story devised by Doctor Who and Wizards vs Aliens writer Phil Ford.

The Make It Digital initiative is a partnership with Google, Microsoft and Samsung that also sees the distribution of around 1m ‘micro bit’ coding devices to every 11 year old in the country.

Series nine of ‘Doctor Who’ will premier sometime in the Autumn on both BBC One and BBC America.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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