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

The CBeebies Bedtime Story has become a British institution. Every evening, the BBC channel for the under 7s ends with a gentle bedtime story read by a different celebrity. This Friday, the 7th of December, Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker becomes the latest to share the honour.

Whittaker will be reading Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. 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?

Whittaker joins the ranks of previous Doctor Who stars to read 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. Arthur Darvill turn his turn earlier this year and Pearl Mackie was the special reader for Christmas last year, reading stories including Ellie’s Magic Wellies.

With a three year old of her own at home, we can safely assume Jodie Whittaker tells an awesome bedtime story. So fans of all ages can settle down next Friday to hear an inspiration tale of a young scientist from a reader who plays the brightest scientist on television.

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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