Saturday, 3 August 2013

SUMMER ACTIVITIES 4: HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY DOCTOR WHO!


Matt Smith - the eleventh doctor
2scB/3scA/4scA/B


Reading Comprehension Task - Read the text below about the British TV series Doctor Who  and answer the questions in the worksheet  (Task 1 - click HERE)

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a  Time Lord—a time travelling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor. He explores the universe in his 'TARDIS', a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in Britain in 1963, when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.
The show is a significant part of British popular culture; and elsewhere it has become a cult television favourite. The show has influenced generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the series, which is still incredibly popular after all these years


TARDIS - Doctor Who's time-travelling space ship

Eleven actors have headlined the series as the Doctor. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show as regeneration, a life process of Time Lords through which the character of the Doctor takes on a new body and, to some extent, new personality, which occurs when sustaining injury which would be fatal to most other species. Although each portrayal is different, and on occasions the various incarnations have even met one another, they are all meant to be aspects of the same character. The Doctor is currently portrayed by Matt Smith, who took up the role after David Tennant 's (the tenth Doctor, 2005-2010) last appearance in an episode broadcast on 1 January 2010.  On 1 June 2013, it was announced that Matt Smith would leave the series and the  eleventh Doctor would regenerate in the 2013 Christmas special. Who will be the twelfth Doctor? It will revealed by BBC today, 3 August!

David Tennant - the tenth Doctor 

Meanwhile, in a special episode that will be broadcast on BBC One and in British cinemas in November 2013 to celebrate Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary, the tenth Doctor, David  Tennant,  and the eleventh, Matt Smith,  will meet each other and share in an adventure. Watch this video interview with both actors and answer the questions in the worksheet (2scB/3scA/4scA-B Task 2 - Listening Comprehension  - Click HERE)
Video 1

David Tennant and Catherine Tate worked together in three series of Doctor Who, until the volcanic red-haired actress was substituted by sexy blond Billie Piper in the role of the Doctor's companion. 
Watch the video below in which Tennant and Tate performed for Comic Relief, a British charity institution.   It is a parody of Doctor Who. Catherine Tate is feisty student, Lauren Cooper, and David Tennant is her new English teacher. Then answer the questions in the worksheet (task 3 - 3scA/4scA-B Listening Comprehension - click HERE
Video 2

Task 4. Grammar


3scA/4scA-B Tag questions/ Reported speech/ Reported questions
2scB/3scA/4scA-B Relative Pronouns & First conditional 
N.B. Send your work to learnonline.mgs@gmail.com  for correction by 15th August. Summer Activities 5 will be on blog on 16th August.   

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