Doctor Who reinventor Russell T Davies is making a new action adventure drama, Aliens Vs Wizards, for CBBC.

The BBC said the series will be about two 16-year old schoolboys, Tom and Benny, who are tasked with saving the Earth from imminent destruction when aliens arrive and scan the planet searching for magic and are prepared to destroy everything in their path to get it.

It’s Ray Guns vs Wands; Science vs Magic and Aliens vs Wizards.

Main character 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 evil 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: “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: “Writing for children is the biggest challenge of all and I think CBBC stands right at the heart of broadcasting. So I’m delighted to launch this show, a true nationwide collaboration – a Salford commission from a BBC Wales team. We’re joining genres too – the show’s a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction.“

The 12 x 30min episodes will be made by BBC Cymru Wales and broadcast this autumn.