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THIS STORY LAST UPDATED: 09 January 2006 1447 GMT
Where did that TARDIS come from?
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The Swindon Pressings team at work on their TARDIS

BBC Radio Wiltshire's Doctor Who-themed Children in Need plans continue apace!

Find out about our specially built TARDIS, listen to an interview with Colin Baker and stay tuned for a new series exclusive!

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• Since 1980, the BBC Children in Need appeal has raised over £300 million for disadvantaged children living in the UK.

• Last November the charity's TV telethon raised over £25 million.

• The final total for the 2002 Appeal in Wiltshire was approximately £200,000.

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Colin Baker Listen in streaming Real Audio to BBC Radio Wiltshire's Graham Seaman in conversation with sixth Doctor Who actor Colin Baker who gives his thoughts on the forthcoming new series (4/11/03).

Swindon Pressings in Stratton St Margaret in Swindon have built a TARDIS for this year's main BBC Children In Need event taking place in Swindon.

There is a Doctor Who theme to this year's event to tie in with the cult show's 40th anniversary which takes place over the same weekend.

'Space Station Pudsey' is taking place at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Village on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November between 10.00am to 2.00pm each day.

Just a few finishing touches to be made - the Swindon Children in Need TARDIS built by Swindon Pressings.

As well as the TARDIS, other Doctor Who favourites including the Daleks and Cybermen will be making an appearance.

Stormtroopers and R2D2 from Star Wars and Klingons from Star Trek will be mingling with shoppers to encourage donations to the appeal.

Star guest will be actor Michael Sheard who is best known for playing Mr Bronson in Grange Hill. He has also appeared in numerous sci-fi- tinged TV and film roles over the years including Doctor Who, Blake's 7, The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

BBC Radio Wiltshire and Swindon Pudsey producer Dave Latham explained how Space Station Pudsey came together: "Last time we organized something like this was back in 1996 when Doctor Who actor Tom Baker who was one of our special guests.

"We asked Swindon Pressings apprentices to make us a Tardis for the event and they produced a cracking polystryrene version which looked great. However, this time they are putting together an authentic wooden replica - not an easy task!

"Additionally the team are looking to add some special effects inside to give a glimpse of the inner Tardis. This will be something to look forward to."

The Swindon Pressings team who built the TARDIS was headed by Project Engineer Kevin Cook. Kevin thinks fans of the good Doctor will be very impressed at just how authentic their TARDIS is.

He said: "We followed the plans to the letter, the door sign is going to be created using the correct lettering and the whole thing is built to scale."

There are still a few minor touches to be made to the TARDIS before the Children in Need event but the team are confident that it will be finished in time.

But what will happen to the TARDIS once Children in Need is over for another year? Plans are afoot to auction it off to one lucky Whovian and the proceeds to go towards the Children in Need charity.

Watch this space for further information about the auction!

STOP PRESS: Unfortunately the interview with new DW series Executive Producer Mal Young planned for Friday 21st November has been cancelled.

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