Friday, November 16, 2007

Mark pays £37,000 to meet Doctor Who team

A CLITHEROE man will travel through the vortex to meet the 900-year-old Time Lord from the Planet Gallifrey - after donating £37,000 in aid of Children in Need.
Kind-hearted Mark Shift was the highest-bidder for the auction prize in Sir Terry Wogan's Auction of "Things Money Can't Buy" (BBC Radio Two) in the run-up to this year's Children in Need appeal. The lucky winner will travel to a top secret location in South Wales early next year where he, and three other guests, will watch the filming of the next "Dr Who" series. The team of four will be accompanied throughout the day by executive producer and chief writer Russell T. Davies, who will let them in on some of the Doctor's closely-guarded secrets. During the visit, the production team will give the winner an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the series is put together and even the chance to meet with the Time Lord himself - David Tennant - and his new companion Donna, played by Catherine Tate. And if that wasn't enough, Mark and his group will also spend some time with the Doctor Who sound team, helping to create monster voices, alien ship take-offs and big bangs and explosions! Mark beat stiff competition from several other bidders to experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "Although I originally contemplated ent
ering this auction for my five-year old Doctor Who fanatic son, Joshua, having seen the vast amount of money that has been collected over this week for Children In Need, I am so very, very proud to not only provide my son a day that he will remember for the rest of his life, but also be able to be a part of making an enormous difference to the lives of many other children," said Mark."It's only when the excitement of the auction has finished that you sit down and take stock of just what a contribution of close on a million pounds can make, and it's just great to be a small part of that. "I shall of course be taking my son Josh, also my wife Andrea and Josh's best friend Jake, another five-year-old Doctor Who fanatic - although they will know nothing of this until they come home from school this evening - I expect that'll be two young lads who won't be able to sleep tonight!! "

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