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Russell T Davies's new show is an ambitious fusion of Harry Potter and Doctor Who. It's good to see the BBC taking big-budget risks with children's programming

Russell T Davies's new Cbbc project, arriving on screen later this month, is a simple pitch encapsulated in a Ronseal title: Wizards vs Aliens. It's Harry Potter meets Doctor Who. As Davies told the Observer earlier this year: "The only thing that could make Harry Potter better, in my view, would be if a big spaceship arrives at the door of Hogwarts, but it never does. It does in ours, in episode one."

The show, which Davies created with his Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures collaborator, writer Phil Ford, is centred around a wizard called Tom (Scott Haran), a 16-year-old schoolboy who lives with his mugg … um, "un-enchanted" father and sorceress grandmother (Annette Badland). Tom is caught up in a »

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