16 Doctor Who Comedy Skits

From Comic Relief to Spike Milligan, French and Saunders to Emu, Doctor Who has been fertile ground for comedy sketch writers. Words by Steve O’Brien

The Curse of Fatal Death (1999)

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Eleven years before get got his hands on the real programme, Steven Moffat exhumed the decade-dead show for a brilliantly funny and gleefully self-mocking Comic Relief sketch. Rowan Atkinson was a curiously low-key Doctor whose performance thunder was snatched away by a roll-call of A-list faces playing the rapidly regenerating Doctor at the end. Our favourite is probably Hugh Grant’s effortlessly charming take but Joanna Lumley probably has the best line, looking at her new breasts and exclaiming, “Look! I’ve got etheric beam locators!” Watch it here.

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Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV (1987)

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Now more famous to Doctor Who fans for giving Russell T Davies the insult “ming mong” to lob at the show’s nuttier followers, this Victoria Wood quickie casts Jim Broadbent as the Doctor (he turns up again in “The Curse Of Fatal Death”), clad in a costume stitched together with bits from all ’70s and ’80s Doctors. And it still manages to look less chaotic than Colin Baker’s. Watch it here (terrible quality but you get the idea)..

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