Doctor Who celebrates a real adventure in space and time with astronaut Tim Peake

Meet the real-life Impossible Astronaut: Tim Peake will be the first Brit to live on the International Space Station, and Peter Capaldi is counting him down to blast-off

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What’s even cooler than going into space? Having Doctor Who counting you down to blast off.

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Astronaut Tim Peake is set to become the first Brit to live on the International Space Station when he launches into space on 15th December.

And with a little help from Peter Capaldi, the BBC are wishing the real-life Impossible Astronaut well in the best possible way.

The Doctor is just one of a number of BBC stars counting down to launch in this special video.

Presenters including Gary Lineker, Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly and Graham Norton take part in the countdown, before the Doctor pops up right at the end to shout “Blast Off!”

Peake’s journey into space is set to be broadcast live on BBC1 in a Stargazing special presented by Professor Brian Cox – the launch is expected to take place at around 11am. Later in the evening there will be another programme on BBC2 to record when Peake’s rocket docks with the International Space Station.

Cox said, “We’ll be counting down with thousands of schoolchildren at the Science Museum and with the nation on BBC1 as Tim Peake rockets into space, from 10.30am 15th December.

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“Then later that evening, audiences can join in more of the excitement on BBC Two as Tim – the first Brit in space for over 20 years – docks at the International Space Station.”