This Thursday sees a lovely little charity event in a small American town named “Hollywood”. There will be a host of British stars of stage & screen assembled for an urgent gala event to raise money for refugees at an evening entitled Whither Would You Go?
This event is a one-off, celebrity-filled gala performance of Shakespeare & refugee stories, in aid of the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Why do we bring this up? Well, OF COURSE there’s a Doctor Who connection with Alex Kingston, Tom Riley, Charity Wakefield, Martin Jarvis and Susannah Fielding… and we love to support worthy causes.
Alex Kingston, of course, needs no introduction, she’s been blazing across our screens as archaeologist River Song; Tom Riley was everyone’s favourite folk hero, Robin Hood in Robots of Sherwood, but most notable for playing the Da Vinci of Da Vinci’s Demons; Charity Wakefield was most recently seen as Lucy in The Return of Doctor Mysterio, but also starred in Wolf Hall, and Sense and Sensibility; Susannah Fielding was Lilian in 2010’s Victory of the Daleks, and The Great Indoors, as well as lending her vocal talents to games such as The Witcher 3.
These aren’t the only celebrities involved, of course, there’s also Stephen Fry (who needs no resumé!) and many others, including Iain De Caestecker, who currently starring in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Fitz. Of particular interest was his role in The Fades – a short-lived TV series where his character had the ability to see ghosts. His co-star in this was Daniel Kaluuya, who I would personally tip as one of my choices to be the first person-of-colour to play the Doctor.
For more information on how to get tickets or donate to the cause, head over to the Whither Would You Go? site.