Celebrating Doctor Who at Elgin Academy

“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!”

A brilliant quote from our favourite Time Lord, and one which I used to launch our Month of the Doctor in Elgin Academy!

As many of us already know, every book is a Tardis: small on the outside, large on the inside, able to transport you through time and space. Speaking to a colleague about all things Doctor Who, I discovered that he owned a Tardis and was willing to lend it to me... and so the link was made. Geronimo! We were ready to begin our Doctor Who adventure! Posters were created and Doctor Who books were read and reviewed. Departments came on board, with the Physics staff and pupils creating a light for the roof of the Tardis.

One of our pupils is a devoted enthusiast of the Doctor Who television programme. This pupil is on the autistic spectrum, which therefore means that he experiences a variety of challenges in everyday interaction. However, his fascination with the Doctor Who programme enables him to connect not only with the school curriculum, but with numerous other people in school and, in a very real sense, with a worldwide community. He kindly loaned items from his personal collection of memorabilia, which enabled our library users to experience the scope and vibrancy of Doctor Who. We had scarves, sonic screwdrivers and a Cybermat, and we put these on display within the Tardis in the library.

The Tardis also provided a writing stimulus for an S1 project entitled Texts from the Tardis. For this project, pupils chose a location in time and space, and wrote a text (in text language if possible) to a friend, describing their journey. After this, they expanded their text into a longer piece of creative writing. Ideas included visiting revolutionary France, and New York in the 1930s.

We hosted a special Day of The Doctor and the pupil book groups decorated the library space in a Doctor Who theme, with balloons, banners and books. Activities included a photo shop and a Doctor Who trivia quiz! Following the Doctor’s advice, we had confectionery, but felt that ordinary mortals were not yet ready for the combination of fish fingers and custard.

Staff also participated and wrote about where and when they would take the Tardis, with a prize awarded to the most imaginative staff contribution.

The event was exciting and entertaining, just like the Doctor himself. And as he would say, “We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.”

Check out this other great blog from Elgin Academy about organising a school-wide book quiz!

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Shelagh Toonen

Shelagh Toonen is the librarian at Elgin Academy.