Doctor Who: See Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor in unearthed Red Nose Day special
You know him as Mr. Bean, but now get ready to meet Rowan Atkinson as… the Doctor.
The Blackadder took on the mantle of everyone’s favorite Time Lord for a 1999 Doctor Who Comic Relief Red Nose Day special titled The Curse of Fatal Death. The half-hour episode, which you can view above, sees the Doctor (played dryly by Atkinson) and his companion Emma (Julia Sawalha) go up against the Master (Jonathan Pryce a.k.a. Game of Thrones‘ High Sparrow) as he attempts to kill them on the planet Tersurus as an act of revenge.
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The special is notable not only because of its comedic camp factor but also because it features multiple regenerations of the Doctor, thus resulting in alternate versions of the Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Doctors, played by Richard E. Grant (who would go on to play Who villain the Great Intelligence), Love Actually star Hugh Grant, Harry Potter‘s Jim Broadbent, and Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley. That last regeneration indicates that the Doctor can change genders, (See: the Master becoming Missy), though this shouldn’t come as too big a surprise to fans, as the writer behind the special is none other than current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat.
The special was initially broadcast in four parts in 1999, before being combined into a single episode for the VHS copy. This is the first time it’s been available to watch online.