Preteen Doctor Who Contest Winner Designed Last Night’s TARDIS Console
by Jamie Frevele | 4:01 pm, May 15th, 2011
Before continuing, please be aware that this pertains to the episode of Doctor Who that aired last night, “The Doctor’s Wife” (aka “The Neil Gaiman Episode”). There might be minor plot spoilers in the video that appears after the jump.
Now, onto the fun part! The BBC recently held a contest for kids to design a TARDIS console that would appear on the series. There were three winners in different age groups, but the winner whose design appeared in last night’s episode is … Susannah Leah! Her design is our top pic for this post, and after the jump, you can click to see a bigger version as well as a behind-the-scenes video of how her console fit into the episode. Again: There are some plot spoilers!
The contest was part of BBC’s Blue Peter program, which is now conducting a similar contest asking kids to write scenes for Doctor Who. And we will be sure to cover that. But for now, the other winners were (first names only) Joshua for the 6-7-year-old age group and Lauren for the 8-10-year-olds. Susannah Leah represented the 11-12 year olds. Her winning TARDIS console features a keyboard, jump rope, and tea-making telephone wires, among many other fine features, including a mirror “so the Doctor can look at himself.”
The judges who had to choose the best of thousands of entries were Edward Thomas, a production designer on Doctor Who, executive producer Stephen Moffat, and editor for Blue Peter Tim Levell.
Below is a video with more information about the contest and a closer look at Susannah’s TARDIS, as well as the scene it appeared in.