The Sarah Jane Adventures for CBBC and brought back Doctor Who to the BBC after a 16-year hiatus, has been commissioned to create a brand new action adventure drama for children's television called Aliens Vs Wizards for CBBC.
From the dark side of the moon, aliens are scanning the Earth searching for magic and are prepared to destroy everything in their path to get it. All that stands in the way of Earth’s imminent destruction are two 16-year old schoolboys, Tom and Benny. It’s Ray Guns vs Wands; Science vs Magic and Aliens vs Wizards.
Tom Clarke lives a seemingly ordinary life with his dad and grandmother. However he hides a deep secret - Tom’s family are wizards and when the Nekross arrive, hungry for magic, they find themselves on the menu.
The Nekross may be equipped with ray guns, teleports and high-tech robots but they haven’t reckoned on Tom and his friend, science super-brain Benny. They form an extraordinary duo, using Tom’s magic and Benny’s science to battle the Nekross and save the Earth.
Russell said of the series idea “Wizards have never met aliens before, and when they do, the result is spectacular! The mysterious Nekross know exactly what to do with magicians. Eat them! Let battle be joined!”
He added "We're joining genres too - the show's a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction.“
It's the first new series from Russell T Davies since he came back to the UK from Hollywood last year.
CBBC Controller Damian Kavanagh, who commissioned the new series, says: “This is going to be an incredible rollercoaster ride of an adventure. We believe children deserve the best and we’re delighted to be working again with Russell and the talented teams at BBC Wales and FremantleMedia Enterprises to bring the story to life.”
The 12 x 30 minutes episode series will be filmed in the brand new BBC Cymru Wales studios in Roath Lock, Cardiff, for CBBC, for broadcast in Autumn 2012.