Doctor Who goes animated this autumn


Last week the BBC announced that David Tennant would be lending his voice to a six part animated Doctor Who story called Dream land. I think this is a great idea and I think something like Doctor Who lends itself really well to animation.

You can check out all the info on the project in the press release below.

The BBC today releases the first image of the animated Doctor as he will appear in the new animation, Dreamland, which is due for broadcast later this year.

The six-part series will be premièred via the BBC Red Button on BBC One and the Doctor Who website (

The 45-minute long animation will be broadcast in its entirety on CBBC on BBC Two this autumn and also on the BBC HD channel.

Written by Phil Ford (Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures) Dreamland will see the Doctor – played by David Tennant – arrive at the infamous alien hot spot, Roswell.

During a visit to a local diner he stumbles upon a mysterious alien artefact that leads him on a mission to rescue Rivesh Mantilax from the threat of the Viperox and the clutches of the American military.

Joining David Tennant will be Georgia Moffett (Doctor Who, Spooks) in the role of Cassie Rice – the Doctor’s new animated companion.

David Warner (Wallander, Hogfather) also stars as the leader of the ruthless Viperox.

In the run-up to the animation, fans will be able to visit the Doctor Who website ( to follow a behind-the-scenes production blog on the making of Dreamland, giving the opportunity to follow the progress of the animation as it develops.

Dreamland was commissioned by BBC Drama Multiplatform and will be produced for the BBC by Brighton-based animation company Littleloud.

It is being executive produced by Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Piers Wenger, with Gary Russell as director.

Russell T Davies said: “Dreamland is a remarkable project and I’m thrilled with it. Phil Ford is a wonderful writer and promises to send the Doctor into a whole new visual dimension.”

Rosie Allimonos, BBC Drama Multiplatform Commissioner, said: “I‘m extremely excited about Dreamland. It presents an amazing opportunity to expand the multiplatform storytelling potential of Doctor Who.

“To offer the ability to watch this brand new Doctor Who animation on so many different BBC platforms is a real treat for our audience.”

Richard Deverell, Controller, BBC Children’s, said: “This is a wonderful addition to the already fantastic portfolio of CBBC programming. Having talent like Russell T Davies and Phil Ford at the helm of this project will no doubt ensure it captures the imagination of CBBC viewers.”

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: BBC

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  1. Not to piss over this, but if its animated and therefore has an unlimited budget, why are they setting this one on earth?
    I know they do it with the live action so they can use the BBC set departments existing stock of Roman/Elizabethan/1940’s props and costumes, but if its a cartoon why not push the boat out a bit? Stick it on a crazy alien planet you could never afford to film.

    Minor niggle though. Still looking forward to it as the last animated one they did was a lot more fun than I was expecting

    • geeksyndicate /

      Good point mate. I’m guessing maybe because the last animated thing they did went to a few different planets they figured this time they’d hit earth. Never know may start off on earth and end somewhere else, if we’re lucky. Like you I enjoyed the last one so looking forward to this.

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