It’s fair to say that the preview of The Return of Doctor Mysterio, the Doctor Who 2016 Christmas special, which aired during Children in Need garnered a mixed response. But that wasn’t the only time we saw the good Doctor during the charity appeal – and this second appearance certainly raised a smile.
Taking time out from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Eddie Redmayne seemed to audition for the role of the Doctor himself as he phoned around in a bid to find Pudsey the Bear, the eye-patch-wearing mascot of the fundraiser. You’ll see lots of surprise cameos from a range of celebrities, but the best definitely features a certain Time Lord…
I wonder what an American audience will make of it – do they know of Mel and Sue, for instance: two presenters catapulted into the big time because they front a show about baking? – but it went down well with British viewers. It’s been one of the top trending videos on YouTube today, actually! I didn’t even know that’s a thing.
You’ll have noticed folk such as Lord Alan Sugar (whose show, The Apprentice, frequently uses coincidental music from other series, including Doctor Who); Graham Norton (the popular interviewer who inadvertently upset Doctor Who fans in 2010 when a cartoon version of him appeared over the conclusion of The Time of Angels); and the wonderful Major Tim Peake, whose voyage to the International Space Station inspired the nation.