Wizards vs. Aliens, formerly Aliens vs. Wizards, until the lawyers got involved, in the next BBC show from Russell T. Davies, resuscitator of Doctor Who. We’ve been tracking it pretty closely, and there’s a good handful of old Bleeding Cool stories on the show that will tell you more about who’s making it, and where it’s being made and all that behind-the-scenes stuff.
Now, though, let’s have a look at what’s going on in front of the camera.
This is the first image from the production, as provided to us by the BBC. Here you see Scott Haran as Tom Clarke and Percelle Ascott as Benny Sherwood, a couple of youngsters hiding behind a shed. Presumably because there wasn’t a sofa close enough.
The official plot blurb goes like this:
Tom Clarke is a seemingly ordinary boy who loves football. He lives with his dad Michael and grandmother Ursula in an ordinary house in an ordinary street – but there’s something different about Tom. He has an astonishing secret – his family are Wizards! When the alien Nekross arrive on Earth hungry for magic, there’s big, big trouble in store for all wizardkind.
With the help of his friend and science super-brain Benny, Tom must stop them – but will these two unlikely heroes succeed, or will the Nekross devour all the magic on Earth with disastrous results for the whole planet?
I’m betting on the former.
I could have told you Benny was going to be a “super brain” by virtue of his combination of best friend status and spectacles.
Don Gilet and Nina Sosanya have been cast as Benny’s parents, but they’ll apparently only be making “guest appearances.” Annette Badland, Michael Higgs, Jefferson Hall and Gwendoline Christie also have roles, but I don’t know what as.
Twelve half hour episodes are on the slate for the Autumn.