The official Doctor Who Twitter feed has been buzzing away today feeding us tidbits about the Steven Moffat-penned minisode of Doctor Who written for this Friday's Children in Need fundraising drive. With three days left before it gets aired, the episode still hasn't actually been filmed. The scripts were delivered only yesterday and the sets are being built today. As of one hour ago…
Production team locked in meetings organising everything from cameramen to costume.
They've confirmed that Matt Smith will be starring as the Doctor, and more interestingly they've been teasing us with the fact that the script is "NOT what you'd expect." Being me, I immediately started thinking of things I wouldn't expect, then immediately cursing myself in the knowledge that now I was expecting them they couldn't possibly be right. A difficult conundrum.
We've seen the short script and it is NOT what you'd expect. Oh, it's funny and fast and Doctorish and brilliant… but not what you'd expect…
Maybe it's an episode of The Hotel Inspector featuring the Tardis?
Not what you'd expect, UNLESS you're from the future. In which case, wasn't it good? Talking of the future, we'll have more news tomorrow…
A softcore porn episode where the Doctor (wearing a handlebar moustache for Movember) drops by to fix an alien dishwasher?
Great to see people reading the CiN mini-script for the first time. They read a bit. Pause. Smile. Look up and usually start laughing.
"And then he woke up and realised it was all a dream"?
'Really? Wow!' is another common response.
Two-headed space crabs? On motorcycles? Doing synchronised jumps through flaming hoops to the beat of "Don't Stop Believing"?
Damn it. I guess the only way to find out is by tuning in this Friday on BBC One. If you're too excited and can't wait until then, you can donate right now through the BBC website.
The Doctor Who team have regularly taken part in the Children in Need fundraising drive. Here's last year's contribution with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.