TWO Chester schoolboys have been travelling in time.
Nathan Smith and Sam Noakes, both eight, travelled to Cardiff last weekend for an exclusive backstage tour of the Doctor Who set.
Nathan’s mum Sarah won the tour in a Children in Need competition.
She said: “I pressed the red button looking for something else and found this competition. I explained to Nathan that thousands of people would be entering and that it was very unlikely we would win so you can imagine my shock when I did.”
Sarah gave up her opportunity to go time-travelling so Nathan, a pupil at Cherry Grove Primary School, could take a friend. She stayed at home in Vicar’s Cross with five-year old daughter Ella.
“When I heard they had met John Barrowman, I wish I’d gone!” she laughed. Sarah had been told no actors would be present but ‘Captain Jack’ put in a surprise appearance.
“He spent half an hour answering questions and had a real rapport with the children,” she said.
The boys travelled with Sarah’s husband Richard and Nathan’s granddad Philip.
They were taken on a guided tour of the main Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures sets and came face to face with some of the Doctor’s mortal enemies, including the Daleks and Cybermen.
The tours made national news on Saturday when the creator of the modern Doctor Who phenomenon, Russell T Davies, was one of the tour guides.
The boys also met Pudsey Bear, the Children in Need mascot.