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This admission is going to cost me readers, but you know I don’t shy away from controversy. Here is the terrible truth: I am not a fan of Dr Who. It’s OK, I don’t instantly turn it off if an episode comes on, but I don’t trouble myself to keep up with the series.

But that could change. I stumbled across this phenomenal episode that I’m going to share with you all.

What season was Rowan Atkinson the Doctor? I could watch more of that.


  1. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Blackadder Who, FTW !!
    Capaldi is retiring this season so this would be a welcome regen

  2. Rich Woods says

    I am not a fan of Dr Who.

    I’m now going to watch ‘Blink’ again. Just because.

  3. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Obviously done during the “gap” between classic Who and Nu Who.
    Amazing the full array of actors who played parts in that HumorWho.

  4. Rob Grigjanis says

    “They could communicate only by precisely modulated gastric emissions”

    Moffat in a nutshell. This was by far his best work.

  5. taraskan says

    That clip and a few scripts as a lowly member of the writing room aside, Moffat’s been bad news for New Who. The only seasons worth watching are the Russell T. Davies ones, #1-4. The man can write a one-off like Blink, but when he gets to control the season arc and re-write all the individual scripts that come his way to match it, all internal logic goes out the window.

    Nothing against any of the actors for any of the seasons, they are great, but the material took a sharp nose-dive when Moffat got lead creative and it morphed into Blue Peter. There’s almost nothing of redeeming value in the Smith and Capaldi eras, far as I’m concerned, just spectacle over substance. I strongly recommend avoiding them.

    Curse of Fatal Death was the best thing he wrote.

  6. says

    @taraskan While i still enjoyed much of the Smith run, i do agree. And i am more than happy that he is not longer involved in Dr. Who.
    Especially because what happend to the other big series that Moffat had his hand in, Sherlock. The last season was nearly unwatchable. That man can run a series into the ground like no other.
    (Especially in comparison to Elementary, the far superior “modern Sherlock Holms” series.

  7. says

    Alas, this episode is not canonical. Comic Relief is a two day telethon started in the mid 80s by the BBC to raise money for various children’s charities; they do mini episodes, much like Jerry Lewis would bring on guests to entertain during the muscular distrophy telethon he did. The 2011 bit for Doctor Who was interesting, when the TARDIS got stuck inside itself.