David Tennant has been announced as one of the presenters of this year’s Red Nose Day. The annual telethon, in aid of the charity Comic Relief, is being held this Friday, the 15th of March.

David Tennant is returning for another stint as a presenter of Red Nose Day. having been one of the presenters of the 2009 telethon. On that night, memorably, co-presenter Davina McCall donated £50 in return for getting to kiss Tennant. An adventure that got its sequel in 2013 when comedian John Bishop asked to kiss McCall… But wound up being kissed by Tennant instead. This year, though, Tennant will be part of the presenting team for the 7pm-10pm part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day show, alongside Lenny Henry, Zoe Ball, Emma Willis, Romesh Ranganathan, Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon.

Tennant has also appeared as part of the show in other capacities down the years. In 2007, he was the co-star of a special Comic Relief sketch for The Catherine Tate Show. This featured his substitute teacher facing the menace of Tate’s Lauren Cooper character.  He’s also travelled abroad to locations such as Uganda to record documentaries for Comic Relief to remind viewers of the importance of their donations.

David Tennant's appearance in 2013 saw him get up close and personal with comedian John Bishop (c) Comic Relief
David Tennant’s appearance in 2013 saw him get up close and personal with comedian John Bishop (c) Comic Relief

This year Comic Relief is giving fans the chance to step aboard the TARDIS for breakfast with the Doctor herself

As previously reported by Blogtor Who, current Doctor Jodie Whittaker is also involved in Comic Relief 2019. Fans still have time to enter a raffle that’s part of the Comic Relief Breakfast Club. The winner and a friend will get to travel to Cardiff, have breakfast with Whittaker and co-star Mandip Gill, tour the TARDIS set, and then observe the actual filming of one of the new episodes. Tickets can be bought directly from the Comic Relief Prize-a-thon site. Tickets are £10 each.

There’s also another Doctor Who connection in Tennant’s part of the show, as he’ll be introducing a new short film from Vincent and the Doctor writer Richard Curtis. One Red Nose Day and a Funeral is a sequel to Curtis’ famous classic, Four Weddings and a Funeral. The short naturally stars Hugh Grant, who played the Twelfth Doctor in Steven Moffat’s 1999 Red Nose Day special – Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death. Alongside him as the bumbling vicar is Rowan Atkinson, who played The Curse of Fatal Death’s Ninth Doctor.

Red Nose Day 2019 includes the chance for a lucky fan and a friend to win breakfast with Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill (c) Comic Relief/BBC Studios
Red Nose Day 2019 includes the chance for a lucky fan and a friend to win breakfast with Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill (c) Comic Relief/BBC Studios

Other events on the night include:

  • A Jennifer Saunders spoof of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!
  • A special minisode of 2018’s surprise smash hit, Bodyguard
  • All Round to Mrs. Brown’s
  • A live performance from the cast of Magic Mike Live

And, remember, there’s still time to support the fantastic work Comic Relief does around the world. As well as buying tickets for the Doctor Who breakfast or the various other Prize-a-thon raffles, you can donate through their site, or buy Red Nose Day merchandise through their shop.

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