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Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who’s Day Roundup, an intergalactic Whovian soup made by trawling social media and the internet for the past week and selecting the finest items of fan creativity and news.

And we begin this week with something rather exciting for younger viewers. Pearl Mackie has been selected to read the bedtime story on the BBC children’s channel CBeebies on Christmas Eve, one day before she makes her return to active duty alongside the Doctor, and the Doctor, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special. She’ll be reading Deborah Underwood’s suitably space-age Interstellar Cinderella.

She joins a fine list of Doctor Who stars who’ve been asked to read a story, including John Simm, John Barrowman, Freema Agyeman and Christopher Eccleston. To give you a flavor, here’s David Tennant reading The Christmas Bear in 2009:

Speaking of the Christmas special, this animated action shot has been released, showing the Doctor, Bill and the Doctor ready for action:

And an official synopsis has been revealed. Read on if you want to know more, otherwise we’ll see you further down the page, where the fan art starts:

“Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story.

An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning…”

Speaking of Christmas:

Here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:

• November 23rd was Doctor Who’s 54th birthday…

• …an occasion sure to bring out the fan tributes:

• Something to look forward to, perhaps:

• Rose and Ten, back again:

• Happy Birthday, Karen Gillan:

• A fan report from the set of “Shada”

• Anyone else spot this?

• And while we’re on fan pics from the past:

• Always running:

• Dalek Skint

• The alernative Ninth Doctor (from the animated “Scream of the Shalka”) in fan-made comic book form:

• A festive Thirteen, Calvin & Hobbes style:

• A teaser trailer for the Third Doctor’s encounter with an old enemy, “Day of the Daleks”

• Thirteen gets a welcome from the women of Who:

• And her outfit continues to inspire Whovian artists:

• Mummy’s the word:

• Includes a superb parody of a certain TV theme, entitled “Doctor Qui”

• This poor fella:

• And to finish this week on an emotional peak, how about a stirring tour of some of the Doctor’s darkest moments:


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By Fraser McAlpine