David Tennant reveals 'extra treat' for Doctor Who fans on its way for Children in Need

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13 Nov 2023, 11:07

David Tennant as the Doctor in the TARDIS and a Pudsey Bear Children in Need cartoon

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Doctor Who will be flying the TARDIS back onto our screens earlier than expected this November.

For this year’s Children in Need fundraising festivities, returning star David Tennant will be taking part in an exclusive scene as the Fourteenth Doctor ahead of the show’s 60th anniversary specials later this month.

The show’s brand new clip will see David’s recently-regenerated Doctor encounter a mysterious new character, played by actor and comedian Mawaan Rizwan. 

“It is then that the Doctor uncovers an age-old mystery involving one of his oldest foes…” the BBC’s official synopsis for the short teases.

Speaking about returning to the character of the Doctor for the Children in Need exclusive, the 52-year-old Scottish actor said: “Every year that I was on Doctor Who we did something for BBC Children in Need, so it only feels right to be doing something this year. 

“Children in Need is a national tradition,” he continued. “It’s certainly a BBC tradition and Doctor Who is part of that. I’m so glad we’re able to give Children in Need viewers this little extra treat.”

Mawaan Rizwan called working with the Doctor Who team “such an unbelievable joy,” and referred to David and the show’s returning showrunner Russell T Davies as his “Whoniverse idols."

“My inner child was losing his mind on set,” the comedian and actor continued.

Russell, who wrote this year’s charity special clip, celebrated: “Doctor Who has a fine tradition of supporting BBC Children in Need, and I hope that fans and new viewers alike will be able to watch, enjoy, and contribute to this wonderful cause.”

Both the exclusive scene, and an extended look behind the making of it, will be able to be found in the Whoniverse on BBC iPlayer after Children in Need has aired.

The Doctor Who Children in Need special will air for the first time during BBC One’s Children in Need programming, which begins on Friday 17th November at 7pm.