Doctor Who fans to be set a computer “challenge” in series nine

The BBC will get viewers of the show to devise a computer programme based on what takes place on screen

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Doctor Who fans – get your laptops ready and put your thinking caps on.

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The BBC’s new computer awareness movement Make It Digital is to set the more IT-literate of its viewers a new “challenge” which will involve watching the next series – and then going off and designing a special computer programme based on the much-loved drama.

Details are still being kept under wraps but the BBC’s creative director Alan Yentob has told RadioTimes.com that “Steven Moffat is on board” and that, as far as he is aware, the challenge is being worked into the scripts for the next series.

A statement said: “The aim is to encourage and celebrate fan creativity and showcase some of our audience’s amazing user-generated content that has gathered millions of views online and has even made it onto the show. More details will be announced in due course.”

The move follows last October’s launch of The Doctor and the Dalek, a game which aimed to introduce computing skills to children as they help the Doctor on his latest adventure.

Voiced by Peter Capaldi the game saw the Twelfth Doctor thrown into a dangerous quest in a story devised by Doctor Who and Wizards vs Aliens writer Phil Ford.

The Make It Digital initiative is a partnership with Google, Microsoft and Samsung that also sees the distribution of around 1m ‘micro bit’ coding devices to every 11 year old in the country.

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Series 9 of Doctor Who is due to air on BBC1 in the autumn