The Kidnappers (1999)

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Two obsessed fans of Dr Who kidnap its former star Peter Davison.


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Two obsessed fans of Dr Who kidnap its former star Peter Davison.

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13 November 1999 (UK)  »

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Genuinely funny sketch that could've been mean but never is. This is a perfect parody of obsessive fanboys and the lengths they will go to.
9 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This amusing sketch from 1999 sees two comic actors Mark Gatiss and David Walliams take the actor Peter Davison hostage. Why? Because he was the 5th Doctor in Doctor Who, that's why.

It's worth pointing out at this point that Gatiss and Walliams are both proper fanboys of the show (both have started in guest roles, Gatiss has written several scripts) so their mockery of the obsessive fans manages to be funny without being mean spirited. That's quite an achievement!

It's amazing that Davison could be convinced to star in it. His performance is actually really really good despite only having his eyes to work with.

I recommend this to fans all the time as many are unaware of its existence and it's always fun to see their reactions to it. Especially that ending. I won't ruin it for you but that ending is so hilarious and out of nowhere yet feels perfectly in keeping with the rest of the sketch that it clearly couldn't end in any other way even though there's no way you could possibly see it coming. Watch it. You won't regret it, I promise!

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