Doctor Who continues its epic tradition of aiding Children in Need by bringing Anna and her brother Alex on the trip of a lifetime!

 

Young Doctor Who fan Anna lives with the life long condition cystic fibrosis. Effecting primarily the lungs but having an impact on many internal organs, it requires a huge amount of medication to keep in check. Even at that, it can limit the access of people with the condition to things many would take for granted. Those with cystic fibrosis are prone to chronic lung infections. They also often suffer from shortness of breath and chronic pain that limit their physical activity.

Doctor Who - Children in Need - Children in Need go behind the scenes with Doctor Who Anna - (C) BBC - Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian
Children in Need go behind the scenes with Doctor Who Anna – (C) BBC – Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian

So it was the ultimate treat when Anna got to go on an adventure the type few get to take. After all, the Doctor only takes the best. First Anna, her Mum and Dad and her brother Alex were invited to watch The Woman Who Fell to Earth for a special program on fans of the show. As a lifelong fan who never misses an episode, Anna was perfect for that! But then the episode was interrupted by a special summons from the Doctor. Anna found the TARDIS materialized outside her house and it whisked her and her brother away to Cardiff.

Doctor Who - Children in Need - Children in Need go behind the scenes with Doctor Who Anna, Bradley Walsh, Alex - (C) BBC - Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian
Children in Need go behind the scenes with Doctor Who Anna, Bradley Walsh, Alex – (C) BBC – Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian

A guided tour of all of Time and Space by those who know it best!

In Cardiff, Anna and Alex got to do it all. Taken on a tour of the new console room by Yaz herself, Mandip Gill, Anna got to play with all the (surprisingly many) knobs and switches and buttons. From there it was on to the costume department with Tosin Cole (Ryan). There Anna was outfitted with her own perfect scale replica of the Thirteenth Doctor’s costume! (And a hundred cosplayers went green with envy). After a guided tour of monsters, costumes and props from over the years, it was back to the TARDIS to meet Bradley Walsh (Graham). Inside Anna and Alex got to meet the final member of the TARDIS fam – the Doctor herself.

The Fourteenth Doctor?

The meeting clearly left both Anna and Jodie Whittaker deeply touched. The two discussed the importance of the character as a role model to young girls. And also the difficulties and living with cystic fibrosis. Anna spoke of how important it was to feel that she wasn’t alone on her journey, having the Doctor by her side. While Whittaker was inspired by Anna’s story – predicting that Anna had the stuff to one day be the Doctor herself.

Doctor Who - Children in Need - Children in Need go behind the scenes with Doctor Who Anna, Jodie Whittaker - (C) BBC - Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian
Children in Need go behind the scenes with Doctor Who Anna, Jodie Whittaker – (C) BBC – Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian

But that’s not all! Children in Need are promising another special Doctor Who treat later in th evening!

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Children in Need is the BBC’s charity supporting vulnerable children throughout the UK. Since 1927, the charity that would evolve into Children in Need has worked tirelessly to help organizations and initiatives which give aid to children people in their darkest hours. Please, please give them your support too. There are many ways to donate, and you can access them all through Children in Need’s dedicated Donantions page. You can also help, and show your appreciation at the same time, by buying products in the official Children in Need  shop.

For more information about how Children in Need works with children living with cystic fibrosis, you can see the home page of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s CG Youth group

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