Blue Peter viewers make Dr Who gadgets

kids Connor, Amber and Arthur will see their ideas used on Doctor Who

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Peter Capaldi's first series of Doctor Who will feature three new sonic gadgets designed by children for a Blue Peter competition.

The devices will be used by the characters Jenny Flint, Sontaran Commander Strax and the Silurian Madame Vastra.

Designed by viewers aged between seven and 13, the gadgets include a hat pin that can turn into a sonic sword, an arm gauntlet to blast locks apart and an eyeglass for looking inside patients and objects.

Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe told Ariel there were more than 3,600 entries for the week-long competition, which was launched in November to mark the drama's 50th anniversary.

He said: "The Doctor Who production team gave us a great opportunity. They offered us the option of three characters, which was brilliant because it gave every child a chance to design for their favourite one."

The winning entries were chosen by a panel of judges from CBBC and Doctor Who, headed by the drama's executive producer Steven Moffat, who used to be a school teacher.

Vastra and her hair pin

Moffat said Madame Vastra's sonic hat pin (above), designed by seven-year-old Amber, was a "glorious idea". "It's funny, it makes absolute sense and it's got a little dinosaur's feather in it, which sells it to me."

Strax and his lens

Referring to 11-year-old Arthur's eyeglass idea, Moffat added: "You feel you want to pick it up and hold it, but it's also about the other side of his life because - of course - Strax is a nurse and this allows him to examine his patients and see what's wrong with them."

Jenny and gauntlet

Moffat also praised the invention of a sonic gauntlet for Jenny Flint by 13-year-old Connor, "It looks quite steam punk - it looks Victorian, but looks technological at the same time and I can just imagine Jenny Flint when she goes out in the morning needing something like that on her arm."

Programme crossovers

The recent competition is the latest collaboration between Blue Peter and Doctor Who, with both shows reaching their 55th and 50th anniversaries respectively this year.

They teamed up in 2005, inviting children to design a monster for the drama. The winning entry was a large alien with a Mohican haircut called Abzorbaloff, played by Peter Kay, in the Love & Monsters episode with David Tennant.

William Hartnell as Dr Who and Peter Purves as Steven Taylor Peter Purves (right) joined Doctor Who in 1965

Before becoming a Blue Peter presenter in 1967, Peter Purves appeared in Doctor Who where he played time-travelling companion Steven Taylor alongside William Hartnell as the first Doctor.

The actress Sophie Aldred also wore her own Blue Peter badges when she played the companion Ace during Sylvester McCoy's tenure in the Tardis.

The winners appeared with their designs in a Blue Peter Christmas special on Thursday. They will visit the Doctor Who set at the BBC's Roath Lock studios in Cardiff next year to see their devices and meet the cast.

You can see the designs in the Blue Peter Christmas special here.

Blue Peter, CBBC, Thursdays, 5.30pm

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor, BBC One, Christmas Day, 7.30pm

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