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article imageBlue Peter: Children design new gadgets for Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Dec 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Three children have designed gadgets that are set to be used in the 2014 season of "Doctor Who", the BBC's long-running science-fiction drama series.
Connor, Arthur and Amber had all entered a competition run that was launched earlier this year by the BBC children's magazine programme, Blue Peter.
The task set was for viewers to design a "sonic device" that would be used by a member of the Paternoster Gang from Doctor Who.
The Paternoster Gang, which comprises Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Commander Strax (Dan Starkey) and Jenny (Catrin Stewart), first appeared in the sci-fi series in a 2011 adventure: A Good man Goes to War. They are based on Victorian-era earth and regularly help the Doctor and his companions.
Their most recent appearance was in this year's The Crimson Horror, by Mark Gatiss and will return for at least one episode in the 2014 season, the first to star Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.
As reported by Doctor Who News: Connor (13) designed a sonic gauntlet for use by Jenny, Arthur (11) designed a sonic lorgnette (a pair of handheld eyeglasses) for Commander Strax and Amber (7) designed a sonic hat pin for Madame Vastra, which works as a remote control for her carriage but can also turn into a sonic sword that increases in size with the flick of a special switch.
The three winners, who joined Blue Peter presenters Barney Harwood (Totally Doctor Who), Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya on the TV programme yesterday for the announcement. will go to the Doctor Who studios in Cardiff next year to see their devices being used on set.
Peter Capaldi will make his debut as the new Doctor on Christmas day, in The Time of the Doctor, which also marks the end of Matt Smith's four-year tenure as the Time Lord.
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