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'Doctor Who' design competition launched by 'Blue Peter'

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CBBC has announced details of a Doctor Who competition for Blue Peter.

Young Doctor Who fans will be given the chance to design a brand new device for the upcoming sci-fi series.

The Doctor (Matt Smith) in Doctor Who S07E02: 'The Rings of Akhaten'

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Matt Smith's Doctor with his sonic screwdriver



Launching on the Doctor Who: Blue Peter Special on Thursday, November 21, viewers aged between 6 and 15 will be handed the task of designing a sonic device for either Sontaran Commander Strax, Madame Vastra or Jenny Flint.

The winning designs will be featured in the next series, starring Peter Capaldi, in 2014.

Three eligible age categories will form the contest - 6 to 8 years, 9 to 11 years and 12 to 15 years.

A panel of judges will decide the winners, including Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe, Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat, Doctor Who producer Nikki Wilson, Doctor Who's brand account manager Edward Russell, CBBC presenter Chris Johnson, Blue Peter series producer Ellen Evans and Doctor Who production designer Michael Pickwoad.

'Doctor Who': Series 7 finale 'The Name of the Doctor': The Doctor (Matt Smith), Commander Strax (Dan Starkey) and Vastra (Neve McIntosh)

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The Doctor with Commander Strax, Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint



Winners will be revealed on Blue Peter's Christmas special on December 19. The winning device's designer will also be invited to Cardiff to see their gadget being used on the Doctor Who set.

Three runners-up will also receive a framed photo and a signed picture of the actor they designed their gadget for.

Further contest details will be revealed on the Blue Peter website after the launch on November 21.

Ewan Vinnicombe, editor of Blue Peter, said: "Blue Peter and Doctor Who have collaborated many times over the history of both series and we felt that the 50th anniversary was a great opportunity to celebrate that and give our young viewers the chance to use their imagination and really get involved in the show.

Matt Smith and David Tennant in 'The Day of the Doctor'

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David Tennant's Doctor's sonic screwdriver

Blue Peter

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Blue Peter



"We can't wait to see what great ideas they come up with for the new devices and to see them in action on the Doctor Who set."

Blue Peter will also broadcast a Doctor Who: Blue Peter Party episode on Saturday, November 23.

Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman will answer viewer questions on the special, while audience members will be tasked with designing their own alien live on air.

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary episode will be shown on BBC One on Saturday, November 23. BBC America will air 'The Day of The Doctor' in the US.

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