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Teachers’ Guides to Doctor Who


Doctor Who is a fantastic resource for connecting preteens and teens with concepts of media literacy and critical thinking… without them even catching on that they’re learning.

With its fast-paced plots, cheerful humor, and inventive science-fiction settings, Doctor Who is enormously popular with children in the U.K. — and increasingly in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond — and kids are naturally drawn into discussing it. In fact, after the debut of a new episode, it can be tough to get them to stop talking about it!

Professional film and TV critic MaryAnn Johanson is a longtime Doctor Who fan who has led kids in conversations about the show in classroom settings. (In fact, it was her love of the classic show as a teenager that led her in the direction of media journalism.) She has created these discussion guides for teachers of students ages 10 to 15 to lead fun, engaging dialogues in their classrooms.

Included are questions to pose to students and a key for teachers to direct the discussion. Simply download each PDF guide to print out or refer to onscreen. Teachers do NOT have to have watched each episode (though it will be more fun for teachers if they have).

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Matt Smith: Series 7

Asylum of the Daleks: discussion guide free!

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: discussion guide £1

A Town Called Mercy: discussion guide £1

The Power of Three: discussion guide £1

The Angels Take Manhattan: discussion guide

The Snowmen: discussion guide £1

The Bells of Saint John: discussion guide £1

The Rings of Akhaten: discussion guide £1

Cold War: discussion guide £1

Hide: discussion guide £1

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: discussion guide £1

The Crimson Horror: discussion guide £1

Nightmare in Silver: discussion guide £1

The Name of the Doctor: discussion guide £1

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