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Published on April 24th, 2014 | by James Lomond

Cambridge Union Welcomes Doctor Who Stars, Ambassadors & The Hoff!

It’s rare that such a weird and wonderful collection of intergalactic notables assemble under one roof, but the Cambridge Union has bettered the most masterful of Daleks’ plans. The Easter term (wisely named after the Chocolaty holiday that kicks if off – why not?) has a list of guest speakers including the Nobel Peace Prize winning 10th President of Finland and not one but two incarnations of our beloved Timelord…

Alongside their regular debating program and events like ‘Strictly Cam Dancing’ (!) the list kicks off with Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy billed as both the last Classic Doctor and the actor behind Radagast the Brown in the Hobbit (as heavily referenced in the glorious Five(ish) Doctors Redux).

A weighty series of speakers follows including the Ambassador to the UK for Russia followed by the Ambassador for the Ukraine the very next day. Bold and topical scheduling! What could then be more natural than an appearance by the finely tanned, perm-tastic pop sensation, David Hasselhoff?…

The term is rounded off by Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann who not only rules the hearts of all Whovians as the most Byronically dashing incarnation of the good Doctor, but the hearts of every counter-cultural student intellectual as the “I” of cult classic Withnail & I. If you haven’t seen it, see it. The quintessential student-flick, wickedly funny and co-starring the original (animated) Ninth Doctor and puppet of the Great Intelligence, Richard E Grant.

Who has had a flirtation with Cambridge before in the sadly unfinished Shada from 1979, where another renegade Gallifreyan managed to hide out as a professor for three centuries with no one noticing. The Union’s program brings to mind what I imagine Russell-T-Davies’ (schooled at the “Other place”) proposals for Who episodes sounded like… “I want werewolves and flying monks in Scotland, and then how about talking Rhinos. In a hospital. On the moon…” Splendid. If any Kasterborites manage to see either Doctor’s appearance remember to tell us all about it…

(Cambridge News.)

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