As previously reported, David Tennant has appeared on tonight’s edition of Blue Peter and participated in a live CBBC webchat.
The episode started on a sombre note as the team announced the death of
Smudge, the Blue Peter cat, following a road accident. Viewers are
being invited to leave a comment on the Blue Peter website.
The design a monster competition attracted 43,920 entries making it the
show’s biggest since 1993. A Dalek was in the studio to help report on
the 500 runners-up who were selcted by the Blue Peter production team
and Doctor Who producer Russell T Davies. Each runner-up will receive a
copy of the ‘Monsters and Villians’ book.
Introduced with a clip from the end of The Parting of the Ways, David
joined the team on the couch to answer questions from viewers, denying
that he hid behind a sofa as a child and describing the last series as
Asked about any differences between his Doctor and Christopher Eccleston’s, David said “Part of the thing with the
Doctor is when he regenerates… he’s different, he’s got a new
personality and he’s got new clothes so he looks different, he’s got a
different head, so… you’ll have to watch and judge for yourselves how
different it is… [referring to a picture of the Tenth Doctor:] he’s a
bit down with the kids… we worked with the costume designer and this
is what we’ve come up with.”
There were three groups of runners-up, each split into 3 age groups and
a final winner – The Abzorbaloff – which will appear in the new series.
The monster was designed by nine year old William Grantham of Essex.
Peter Editor Richard Marson said: “We were staggered by the popularity
of the competition. We knew Doctor Who had been a huge hit with our
audience but this was something else.
“Every day brought more
sacks and, as well as getting all hands on deck in the Blue Peter
office, we also had to draft in extra help to get through the mountain
of highly inventive designs.
All winners will be
displayed on the Blue Peter website from 18.30 tonight.
Series monster make-up designer Neill Gorton was also in studio to explain how the monster would be
realised for the series and described the standard of entrie as
The video and text live chat seemed to suffer some confusion with it
ending at approx 5.45 rather than the 6pm advertised on the website.
According to the moderator a transcript will be available on the CBBC
website next week. David also answered some questions during Blue Peter rehersals which are available on the site.