You know what’s better than new Doctor Who? New Doctor Who that helps disadvantaged children. That combination is exactly what we’ll be getting this Friday, November 16th, as the BBC airs its annual Children in Need fundraiser, which will also premiere an exclusive “prequel minisode” to the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special. To help hype the event, they’ve released the first image from the minisode. Here’s Matt Smith looking positively Victorian.
Here’s the official text that was released with the image:
Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith, will bring viewers an extra special ‘prequel’ to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for Children in Need, and an exclusive preview trailer of the Christmas special including the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion.
I’m sure die-hard Who fans wouldn’t need any further excuses to tune in, but the promise of seeing the Doctor and his new companion face-to-face is just a bonus. Of course, if you’re caught up on this season’s Who episodes, you’ll remember that the Doctor actually met his new companion — or at least the actress playing her — back during the season premiere, “Asylum of the Daleks.” Suffice to say, there are many questions to be answered.
One of the more practical of those questions is, will those of us without access to the BBC be able to watch the Who preview footage as well? The official announcement doesn’t address that topic, and I can certainly understand them wanting to keep the footage as exclusive to the fundraiser, because it means more people will turn in to BBC One Friday night. That said, I’d be very surprised if the minisode didn’t turn up online at some point before the Christmas special itself.
For those unfamiliar, here’s the mission statement from the Children in Need charity:
We provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. We are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices.
Our grant programmes are open all year round for applications, with a focus on allocating the money to deserving projects 4 times a year. To find out more about our grant programmes, to apply for a grant or to hear how some children’s lives have been changed for the better, visit ‘Change Lives’