The new Comic Relief trailer teases the TARDIS’ arrival at Holby City for a Doctor Who/Casualty crossover

The new trailer for Comic Relief shown on television last night promised a night of stars and laughter. But eagle eyed Doctor Who fans will have spotted some familiar faces, even behind their PPE. Yes, it looks like the rumours of Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill on the Casualty set are true. The Doctor and Yaz’ first outing as a duo will be the emergency department of Holby City Hospital!  Wearing, naturally, doctor’s scrubs, facemasks and disposable aprons the skit obviously seems them undercover in the UK’s most dramatic hospital. But the Doctor is still ready to openly sonic everything in sight. So it looks like some people are better at undercover than others.

You can check out the trailer yourself on iPlayer. It’s geoblocked, unfortunately, but BlogtorWho will post the YouTube version as soon as it appears there.

 

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Staged returns for Comic Relief- (C) BBC

Staged takes a bow with a special Comic Relief Zoom Call

Jodie Whittaker isn’t the only Time Lord getting involved, though. Also contributing to this year’s Comic Relief Red Nose Day telethon are David Tennant and Michael Sheen. The pair return for a very special Staged, and a zoom call with Comic Relief co-founder (and Doctor Who villain) Lenny Henry. But this is a Staged with a very special Shakespearean twist… The news of the Staged sketch comes shortly after Michael Sheen’s announcement that he himself and his family have been ill with Covid-19 for a number of weeks but are now starting to recover. Blogtor Who wishes them all a speedy and full recovery.  Blogtor also thanks Michael and Anna for helping make the past year a little brighter with their work on Staged.

Tennant will also be one of the telethon’s presenters on the night, alongside Lenny Henry (Spyfall), Davina McCall (Bad Wolf), Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness. For Tennant this will be his fourth time presenting the telethon. Unfortunately  social distancing means there’s no chance of a snog this time. (Tennant memorably had sponsored clinches with McCall and with the Doctor’s next companion, John Bishop, during previous Red Nose Days).

 

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Comic Relief Red Nose Day 2021 (C) Comic Relief/Claire Harrison – Photographer: Nicky Johnston/Claire Harrison

Red Nose Day 2021 continues the tradition of one of the UK’s best loved charities

Comic Relief helps tackle important issues including homelessness, hunger, domestic abuse and mental health stigma. All issues which have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. They support amazing organisations across the UK and around the world. Those who are closest to the issues have the best solutions, each one working to tackle the key issues of our time. The charity’s first Red Nose Day event was held in 1988.  In the years since Doctor Who has had a recurring presence. Most notably with 1999’s The Curse of Fatal Death by Steven Moffat, starring Rowan Atkinson as the Ninth Doctor. But also with numerous skits such as David Tennant facing Catherine Tate’s Lauren Cooper, and Space and Time, two minisodes featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. Jodie Whittaker has also made in-character appearances in recent years, appealing for donations.

This year’s Comic Relief telethon will kick off on BBC One on Friday the 19th of March at 7pm GMT. Blogtor Who would encourage everyone to donate to this worthy cause, organize a fundraising event, or buy something from the Comic Relief shop.

 

 

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