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article imageDoctor Who exclusive for Children in Need

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 19, 2010 in Entertainment
This evening sees the BBC's 30th annual Children in Need telethon, which raises millions of pounds each year for children's charities.
And, in keeping with recent tradition, the televised evening of events will include a preview of the widely anticipated first Christmas special for the eleventh Doctor Matt Smith's and lead writer Steven Moffat's Doctor Who.
The Yuletide story – which is due to be broadcast in the UK and, for the first time, the US on Christmas Day – is based loosely on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. It's written by Moffat, stars Smith, Karen Gillan (Amy) and Arthur Darvill (Rory), and guest-stars Sir Michael Gambon (who plays Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies) and the Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins.
According to Radio Times, as well as a sneak preview of the Christmas Who episode, the Doctor and Amy will be holding a very special tea party in the TARDIS, to help raise money for charity.
This year the BBC Children in Need charity celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, having been in existence since 1980. To date, £500 million (US $800 million) has been raised for children's charities.
Doctor Who's association with Children in Need began way back in 1983, during the 20th anniversary of the science-fiction series. Since 2005, Doctor Who has become a regular – and one of the most popular – parts of the evening's entertainment.
This evening's Children in Need begins at 7 p.m., British time, on BBC One. The Doctor Who segment can be seen at approximately 8.30 p.m, British time.
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