Blue Peter design to be turned into Doctor Who monster
William Grantham, aged nine, from Colchester, Essex, was announced as the winner of the Blue Peter Design a Monster competition live on BBC ONE today.
Launched back in July, viewers were asked to come up with a design for a monster which will be included in the next series of BBC ONE's Doctor Who.
The competition broke Blue Peter records with an astounding 43,920 entries - the biggest response to a competition since 1993.
William was told the news that his monster - called an Abzorbaloff - had won the contest in a live phone call to his home from presenter Gethin Jones and the Doctor himself - David Tennant.
Blue Peter Editor Richard Marson said: "We were staggered by the popularity of the competition. We knew Doctor Who had been a huge hit with our audience but this was something else.
"Every day brought more sacks and, as well as getting all hands on deck in the Blue Peter office, we also had to draft in extra help to get through the mountain of highly inventive designs.
"The top nine designs - three from each age range - can be seen on the Blue Peter website."
The competition was judged by Richard Marson, Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones, Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies - who will write the episode in which the monster will appear - and of course the new Doctor himself, David Tennant.
Russell T Davies entered a Blue Peter Design a Monster competition back in the Sixties but he raised the stakes this time by agreeing to use the winning entry in the second series of Doctor Who.