David Tennant in the upcoming special © BBC

While we still awaiting a USA transmission on Dec 19th of the previous Doctor Who special, The Waters of Mars, the UK gets of short preview today of the last David Tennant Doctor Who story.

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David Tennant as The Doctor in The End of Time, Part One © BBC

Here is the BBC press release:-

This year’s BBC Children in Need is to feature an exclusive preview of the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special.

The clip, from The End of Time: Part One, is never-seen-before footage and will keep fans all over the globe wondering what’s in store for the Doctor as David Tennant departs and Matt Smith becomes the 11th Doctor.

David Tennant said: “Doctor Who has always been a big supporter of Children in Need. We’re really pleased that this year our very special Christmas story is being exclusively previewed on the show. Doctor Who fans are always very generous – I hope you will be too. Please give what you can.”

The two-minute exclusive will be broadcast as part of the BBC Children in Need show tonight (Friday 20 November), BBC One at 7.00pm.

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David Tennant as The Doctor in The End of Time, Part One © BBC

Here is the general information about Children in Need…

BBC Children in Need returns on Friday 20 November, at 7.00pm on BBC One, with a variety of entertainment acts all doing their bit to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Sir Terry Wogan is joined by Tess Daly and Alesha Dixon for a spectacular night of fun and fundraising.

The seven-hour show will come live from BBC Television Centre and will feature some of the UK’s top TV, musical and theatrical personalities and acts.

Highlights on the night include:

• Live performances by Pixie Lott, Taylor Swift, Alesha Dixon, Spandau Ballet, Madness, Harry Connick Jr, Sugababes, Stereophonics, Little Boots, Paolo Nutini, The Nolans, Westlife, Alison Moyet and Annie Lennox.

• A special edition of Lark Rise To Candleford, where Sir Terry makes a guest appearance at the village Post Office.

• A special performance from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.

• The Dragons’ Den team don hard hats and overalls to help renovate a Children in Need community centre in London.

• The cast of The One Show recreate Fame; plus a musical extravaganza from Albert Square and the cast of EastEnders.

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David Tennant as The Doctor in The End of Time, Part One © BBC

An exclusive preview of the Doctor Who Christmas special.

• The animals from Walk On The Wild Side star in a Children in Need special sketch.

• Contributions from the cast of Merlin, Casualty and top TV detective Poirot.

• Live performances on the night from the cast of The Bill, performing a Rat Pack classic, and Hollyoaks treating fans to a medley of Queen’s greatest hits.

• Appeal messages from a host of celebrities, including Lewis Hamilton and Lady Gaga.

• Stars of the West End will be live in the studio, including Jason Donovan with the cast of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.

• Justin Lee Collins performs a live version of a Tom Jones classic.

• Around The World In 80 Days partners, John Barrowman and Myleene Klass, duet live in the studio.

• And, of course, the BBC newsreaders perform a very, very special live performance.
The programme will also feature broadcasts from around the UK, as BBC presenters join their local communities to catch up with some energetic and creative fundraising exploits.

This year the fundraising theme is, once again, “Do Something Different” and all those who step up to the challenge, or pick up the phone to pledge money for the BBC Children in Need Appeal, will be part of a huge community of supporters that make a huge difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

To get involved, check out the website at: bbc.co.uk/pudsey .

Last year’s BBC Children in Need television broadcast raised £21 million on the night and the 2008 total appeal eventually topped £38 million.

Doctor Who: The End of Time, Parts One and Two
USA transmission over Christmas 2009 and New Year.
Part One UK transmission December 25, 2009
Part Two UK transmission January 1?, 2010 tbc

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online