Doctor Who stars past and present unite for message to NHS workers


Past and present stars of Doctor Who have recorded a thank you message to NHS staff on the front line of the pandemic.

David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker will pay tribute during BBC One’s Big Night In on Thursday evening, shortly before the weekly Clap For Carers initiative at 8pm.

The video message will also feature Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann – all of who starred as The Doctor during the series’ original run.

Here are all of the stars taking part...

Tom Baker (1974 to 81)

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(Dan Dennison/Getty Images)

Baker played the Fourth Doctor for seven consecutive series, making him the longest-serving actor in the part.

Many of the stories from his era are considered classics, including The Ark In Space, Genesis Of The Daleks and The Brain Of Morbius.

Sylvester McCoy (1987 to 89)

McCoy debuted as the Seventh Doctor after taking over the lead role from Colin Baker.

In his first series, he portrayed the Timelord with a degree of clown-like humour.

However, his time on the show saw the Doctor develop into a much darker and manipulative figure than any of his earlier incarnations.

David Tennant (2005 to 2010)

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The Scottish actor played the role of the Tenth Doctor for five years, making him one of the longest-serving in the role.

Tennant is son-in-law to Davison, who played the fifth incarnation of the Timelord between 1981 and 1984.

He met his wife when she appeared as the Doctor’s cloned daughter in the 2008 episode The Doctor’s Daughter.

Peter Capaldi (2013 to 2017)

Capaldi debuted as the Doctor in the 50th anniversary special The Day Of The Doctor, before appearing in the 2013 Christmas special The Time Of The Doctor.

A lifelong fan of the series, he previously played Lobus Caecilius in the 2008 episode The Fires of Pompeii.

Jodie Whittaker (2017 to present)

Fans were delighted when Whittaker as announced as the new Time Lord in 2017, joining as Broadchurch showrunner Chiris Chibnall took over the show.

Her second series in the role aired in January 2020.

The Big Night airs from 7pm and will feature numerous celebrities, skits and nostalgic moments to raise cash to help fight the coronavirus crisis.

Dawn French will reprise her role as the Vicar of Dibley while Little Britain will return to TV for the first time in 10 years.

Find out more about the one-off television event here.