The Doctor Who Pudseys are back! Children in Need have unveiled the Fourth and Eleventh Doctors as this year’s special must-have bears!
Every year BBC charity Children in Need raises millions for children’s causes across the UK. As well as the donations made during the telethon, and fundraising events run by members of the public, for decades one weapon in its arsenal has been the sale of special Children in Need merchandise featuring their mascot, Pudsey. He’s designed to resemble a much loved, and much repaired, teddy bear, with a colourful patch over a missing eye. Pudsey’s been on everything from t-shirts to tea towels to cups to lunchboxes down the years. And of course, children have been able to get their very own Pudseys.
Last year Pudsey and his best friend Blush dressed up for the occasion in Doctor Who cosplay style. The pair were available to buy dressed as the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors respectively. This year, Pudsey will be available in two looks; the long, multi-coloured scarf of the Fourth Doctor, and the bow tie and tweed of the Eleventh!
The Tom Baker style Pudsey features the distinct striped scarf, check waistcoat, brown frockcoat and grey trousers as seen in many of the Fourth Doctor’s adventures. He’s even clutching a little fedora in his paw! The Matt Smith version most closely resembles his Series 6 look, with a jacket checked like tweed (complete with tiny elbow patches!) tightly checked shirt, and red bow tie.
Pre-order your Pudseys now from the official shop, or donate directly to Children in Need
The Doctor Who Pudseys are £25 each, with at least 37% of each sale benefiting Children in Need. The bears are limited editions, available now for pre-order, but will be shipping to be home with you in time for Christmas!
You can order both the Fourth Doctor Pudsey and the Eleventh Doctor Pudsey from the official Children in Need shop. You can also donate directly to Children in Need here or apply for a fundraising kit to hold your own event.
This year’s Children in Need night will be on Friday the 19th of November. For more details about Children in Need and the work they do, see the official site.