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On screen, David Tennant plays Doctor Who, the eccentric Time Lord who travels through space battling injustice and righting wrongs in the long-running BBC television series of the same name. But off screen, Tennant has a more personal mission: to raise funds for cancer research. The actor recently took time off from his busy filming schedule to star in a promotional video for the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR).

“Cancer claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the globe every year,” said Norman Barrett, AICR’s Chief Executive, who believes that the popular actor’s appearance in the video will help raise awareness for the charity. “Yet work undertaken by AICR and others is making a difference in identifying the causes and the new treatments that will make a difference. As The Doctor, David is an expert at fighting threats to mankind: we hope his support will help us in the biggest medical fight we face – the fight against cancer.”

Tennant, who is a patron for the organization, lost his mother to cancer last year.

“I know only too well that cancer strikes without regard to age or race, country or creed, fame or fortune,” he said. “I believe AICR’s approach to funding research, wherever in the world it is taking place, is at the forefront of the battle to bring cancer under control.”

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