Adventures in sci-fi

November 23, 2020

This week’s theme:

Adventures in sci-fi

This week’s colouring in sheet:

Download and print this week’s colouring sheet here.

 

Doctor Who has had so many adventures for us to explore that we’ve had to make this topic into a 2-week spectacular so that we can fit it all in! Feel free to use any of the below activities to span over 2 weeks.

 

Fact of the fortnight: The 23rd of November is Doctor Who Day (also known as “Tardis Day”), celebrating the day that Dr Who was first broadcasted on TV in 1963.

 

Activities for the fortnight…

 

Activity 1:

Science fiction (sometimes shortened to sci-fi or SF) is a genre of fiction that deals with imaginative and futuristic ideas such as deep space exploration and time travel. One popular Sci-fi TV series is Doctor Who.

The first Doctor Who episode was on Saturday 23rd November, 1963. Since then, there have been 12 ‘regenerations’ of the Doctor, meaning 13 actors have played the character – here is the most recent Doctor.

Imagine you are the Doctor – how might you act? You have time travelled and been all over space, and you are over 900 years old and you have two hearts! You could dress up in your own ‘Doctor’ outfit – make sure it’s something you can fight aliens in! There’s also some good hats in Doctor Who. And good neckwear too – pose as Tom Baker as Doctor Who in a long scarf or as Doctor Who/Matt Smith with a bow tie.

 

Activity 2:

The universe is filled with many wonders… but also many dangerous alien races! The Doctor has faced countless creatures, take a look at some of these famous Doctor Who villains, creatures and monsters: Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels, Abzorbaloff, Ood, Adipose, and even the Christmas trees can be dangerous on Doctor Who!

Can you do any impressions or act like all of these creatures? Try saying a tongue twister in your best Dalek voice! Try a whisk for a Dalek antennae!

Create your own Doctor Who monster: you could either draw it, model it, or dress up as it yourself! See if you can answer these questions about your monster:

  • Are you a friend (good) or a foe (evil)?
  • What is your special power?
  • What planet are you from?

 

Activity 3:

The Tardis is Doctor Who’s time machine – it stands for: Time And Relative Dimensions In Space. The Tardis is bigger on the inside than on the outside and it looks like a blue police box! Try making your own mini Tardis or decorate a box in your recycling to look like the Tardis.

The opening credits to the TV show feature lots of swirls and outer space imagery. Create the swooshes with your body, or your fingers in space. Draw or paint a backdrop for your Tardis to whoosh past. You could create space imagery by dropping salt onto a still wet painted picture, using a straw to blow wet paint around your page, or use cotton buds to add star drops to your art.

 

Activity 4:

Pretend you are in the Tardis whooshing at speed through space and time while the Doctor Who theme tune plays – remember, it can be quite a bumpy ride, so hold on tight!

The Tardis travels through time (forwards and backwards) to different eras, and it also travels through space, visiting different places in the world and in the universe. Play the theme tune and every time the tune is paused, creak open the door of the Tardis and see where in space and time you’ve travelled to. How would you greet, or what action could you do, for each different place/times you opened the door to?

Some ideas: Doctor Who has visited Victorian London, Victorian Cardiff, Pompei when the volcano erupted, New York, the South Pole, Lake Silencio in Utah. The doctor has travelled back in time to meet artist Vincent Van Gogh, writer William Shakespeare, activist Rosa Parks, Robin Hood, Charles Dickens, and travelled to the 13th Century England to  greet King John.

Perform the theme tune using body percussion, whistling, and homemade instruments.

 

Activity 5:

Doctor Who’s ‘Sonic Screwdriver’ is a very useful tool that can do many things!

Make your own sonic screwdriver by covering a pencil in tin foil. Imagine uses (real, or sci-fi) for your sonic screwdriver. This isn’t just a screwdriver, it … turns aliens pink, makes people bald, cures disease, makes plants grow, makes you talk gibberish, etc. Act out the magical uses.

 

Activity 6:

The 10th Doctor wrote ‘A Journal of Impossible Things’ – a journal of his strange dreams (in reality, the book was comprised of events he’d experienced as the Doctor). River Song (the wife of the Doctor) also kept a diary of her adventures with the Doctor. Write an adventure journal of impossible things. What strange imaginary people and worlds could you capture in your journal – in words or pictures?

Come up with some River Songs, or river sound effects.

Or listen to river sounds and think about the sounds, colours and shapes you might see at the riverside.

Using a piece of cloth such as a scarf, tea towel of pillow case, create a dance to this or this river music. Gently make your scarves rise and fall, like a river slowly swelling with water.

 

Activity 7:

Gallifrey was the home world of the Time Lords. The Time Lords used Gallifreyan language and there were several forms of written Gallifreyan. Circular Gallifreyan can be written using interlocking circles, dots, hexagons and lines. For example, the words ‘Purple Patch Arts’ written in Circular Gallifreyan look like this!! Try your own name here.

Try making your own mysterious language patterns on paper using circles, lines, dots and hexagons. How many sides does a hexagon have? What different objects can you find to make circles and dots with – what circular things can you draw around, what circular things can you dip in paint to make shapes with? Can you use the edge of a box dipped in paint to make straight lines?

Apparently the circles are read anti-clockwise. Try doing or saying things backwards, or moving backwards/anti-clockwise.

When spoken, Old High Gallifreyan sounded musical to human ears. Try speaking in a musical way – can you make a sing-song voice – stretching out certain words, connecting words together, going up and down in a pattern. Can you speak with a high pitched and deep pitched voice. Can you make words hit certain notes. Can your mimic different instruments?

Try different tempos – can you talk slowly, and then as fast as a chipmunk; on YouTube in the settings (the cog within the video) you can mess with ‘playback settings’ to speed up/slow down a song to listen to and sing along with – try it with ‘Dancing Queen’, how odd does it sound at different speeds!

 

Activity 8:

Come up with a dance routine to this 80s classic from The Timelords.

 

Activity 9:

There have been lots of logos for Doctor Who over the years – try designing a new one!

 

Activity 10:

Rewrite a famous story as a sci-fi story! Here are some ideas:

Cinderella – what if the Prince’s ball was on the moon?

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – what if everyone was a robot?

Goldilocks and the Three Bears – what if the bears were aliens?

Jack and the Beanstalk – What if the beanstalk took Jack to another planet?

You could tell your story as a comic strip on the whiteboard, or act it out in your group.

 

Activity 11:

Is all of this Science Fiction, or Science fact? Take a look at some of these real life news articles about the possibility of life in space, all very recent!

Alien Life on Venus? UFO sightings in Lincolnshire, Are Aliens Trying to Talk to Us?

Imagine an alien came to Earth – what are the most important things you would tell them? What film or television show would you show to an alien to best represent life as a human? What human things would you teach them to do? What advice do you have for them?

Try a science fact/science fiction quiz or come up with your own fact or fiction quiz!

 

Why not take a photo of any of the activities you’ve tried this week and share it with us? You can share it on our FacebookInstagram or Twitter or send it to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put it online for you!