The Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker, will be encouraging little ones out from behind the sofa to cuddle down for the CBeebies Bedtime Story

This time last year Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker joined the ranks of stars who’ve read the CBeebies Bedtime Story. A national institution, it sees the BBC channel for the under 7s end with a gentle bedtime story read by a different celebrity. Now, with Doctor Who Series 12 fast approaching. that episode is getting a repeat showing. Whittaker’s reading of Ada Twist, Scientist will be on again this Saturday, the 7th of December.

Ada Twist, Scientist tells the story of Ada, a young girl with an insatiable curiousity and determination to be a scientist. But her classroom antics as she tries to get answers to life’s vital “What would happen IF…” questions can sometimes get her into bother. Now, her greatest investigation of all begins – what exactly IS that terrible smell?

Doctor Who cast members have been a regular fixture of the the nightly bedtime story. Christopher Eccleston read four stories in 2010, including Man on the Moon (A Day in the Life of Bob). David Tennant was a reader for Christmas week in 2009, reading five stories including The Christmas Bear. Captain Jack actor John Barrowman was a reader for a week in 2006, reading Winnie the Witch and other stories. Martha Jones herself, Freema Agyeman, read That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown. While Arthur Darvill and Pearl Mackie are just a couple of the other stars from Doctor Who to swap the TARDIS for the CBeebies bedroom.


The cover to Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (c) Abrams Books
The cover to Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (c) Abrams Books

Ada Twist, Scientist

Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!


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