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Doctor Who Script to Screen: Terms and Conditions

  1. The BBC has a code of conduct for competitions. You can read this here:
  2. The competition opens on 12th January 2012, and the deadline for receiving entries, either by email or by post is midnight on March 16th 2012. Entries will not be accepted after this time. Entries will not be returned so please keep a copy. The BBC cannot take any responsibility for any technical failure or malfunction, including but not limited to any affecting postal services, which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded.
  3. This competition is open to UK residents (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands) only. Overseas entries will not be considered.
  4. Entrants must be at a United Kingdom Primary school (or Prep school or Home school equivalent), and aged between 9 and 11 before 31st August 2012. The BBC reserves the right to request proof of age.
  5. We can only accept one entry per school. In the case that more than one entry is submitted from a school, only the first entry will be considered.
  6. A teacher must submit the entry on behalf of their school, with the approval of the head teacher who must consent in loco parentis. Parental consent forms will only need to be sent to the BBC production team if the group are shortlisted. The BBC production team will provide the forms to the shortlisted groups.
  7. Entrants must enter as a group of 2-4 students. Individual entries will not be considered. Each member of the group must fulfil the entry criteria. The teacher's name and contact details must be submitted on the entry form.
  8. Scripts must be no longer than three minutes in length when performed. The script should have an Olympic theme and must be set EITHER inside the TARDIS – OR in a new planet/world (but not both) and feature:
    • the eleventh Doctor
    • Amy AND/OR Rory
    • Either a Judoon, Cyberman, Ood or Weeping Angel
    • a brand new human character (this can be a contemporary figure or a historical character)
  9. Entries that do not meet these criteria will be disqualified at the pre-moderation stage.
  10. The prize: the winning script will be filmed on location with the Eleventh Doctor, and broadcast on Blue Peter. The film may also appear on the BBC Teachers and/or Doctor Who websites. The winning team will be invited to Cardiff to meet the Doctor Who team, and find out about the production process.
  11. ENTRIES MUST BE ENTIRELY ENTRANTS' OWN ORIGINAL WORK. For the avoidance of doubt, entrants may have 'hands-off' advice from their teacher, but they must be responsible for all of the creative ideas, and they must have written the script.
  12. Entries must not contain any abusive, violent, offensive or inappropriate material. If they do, they will be disqualified at the pre-moderation stage. They must be suitable for broadcast to a family audience including children.
  13. Entries must not breach any copyright, third party rights, privacy or defame any company or individual.
  14. The International Olympic Committee has special protection for certain Olympic WORDS AND symbols. The BBC production team NEEDS TO ensure that NO Olympic rights are infringed in the winning script, and reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the winning script before it is filmed.
  15. Scripts should be submitted in English by a teacher from the school via email to: preferably typed and attached; or scanned and attached in clearly legible writing. A completed entry form must also be attached. Entries that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified at the pre-moderation stage. We will also accept postal entries to:The Doctor, 3rd Floor, Bridge House, Media City UK, Salford M50 2BH
  16. By submitting their entries to the BBC, entrants agree to be filmed, photographed and recorded for Blue Peter and on Entrants must be available to be filmed in Cardiff on agreed dates between April and May 2012 . Travel and accommodation costs will be provided for up to 4 students, plus one responsible adult per child, and a representative of the school.
  17. By submitting an entry for the competition, entrants' parent/guardian agrees to assign the entire copyright subsisting in the entry and waives absolutely their moral rights under the Copyright,Designs and Patents Act 1988 in respect of the entry. This means that the BBC owns the entry, and so can use, adapt and edit the entry and any underlying rights in the entry, free of charge, in all media, including television and internet, for all purposes as it wishes. The BBC may wish to display entries on television or on the internet and the BBC will have the right to use elements or ideas from the entries in future episodes of Doctor Who. The entrant is granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable licence to use the entry for non-commercial purposes such as posting on a personal blog or displaying on a school website. The BBC reserves the right to require the execution of additional forms to further evidence the assignment referred to in this clause.
  18. Scripts will be judged on the following criteria:
Criteria Scripts should demonstrate:
1. Story telling/plot Coherence
(beginning/middle/end; cliff-hanger etc)
2. Creativity Imagination
3. Characterisation Believable characterisation
(for The Doctor, his companion/s, and alien)
Appropriate dialogue
Convincing new character
4. Stage directions Appropriate use of stage directions
Clear use of stage directions
5. Dialogue Apt dialogue for Doctor, his companion/s and alien
Original dialogue
Good use of language
6. Setting Convincing setting
Good use of space

Note: Guidance for writing scripts, including lesson plans, video packages, and downloadable resources are all available at

  1. Scripts will be judged through the Script to Screen judging process outlined below:
    1. All entries will be viewed by BBC moderators. Any scripts that contain abusive, violent or offensive material or do not meet the criteria (see no 8 and 11) will be disqualified at this stage.
    2. Experienced script writers/editors will each assess the scripts, and will recommend up to 30 entries to go forward to the next stage of the process, based on the judging criteria.
    3. Recommended scripts will then be assessed by a judging panel made up of BBC staff from the Doctor Who production team, who will shortlist 10 scripts based on the judging criteria.
    4. The shortlisted teams will have a recorded telephone interview in the presence of their teacher or parent/ guardian. This is in order to discuss the originality of the script with the team, and find out about the ideas and the team behind it.
    5. The shortlisted scripts will then be assessed by a judging committee which will include Stephen Moffat - Lead Writer, Doctor Who; Caroline Skinner - Executive Producer Doctor Who; and Saul Nasse - Controller, BBC Learning. The BBC reserves the right to substitute suitable judges if necessary.
  2. The winning team will be contacted at the end of March/ early April 2012. If they cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the BBC reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.
  3. The 10 shortlisted teams will be sent a Doctor Who goodie bag after the winners have been announced.
  4. The description of the prize and selection procedures is not binding on the BBC and may be varied at their absolute discretion. The prize(s) may only be taken as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.
  5. The BBC reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions or to withhold or withdraw a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.
  6. This competition is not open to anyone closely related to BBC employees or associated companies or any person involved in the running of the competition.
  7. The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. Entries will be made anonymous before they are judged. Please see the BBC's Privacy Policy:
  8. The BBC reserves the right to cancel or amend this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the BBC Teachers website.
  9. The BBC's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  10. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

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