'Doctor Who' cosplayer to zipline off bridge for charity

Why should fictional Time Lords have all the glory in saving humans?

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If the Fourth Doctor can help humanity, why not a fan dressed like him? Andrew Younger

The Doctor has fought Daleks, Cybermen, Sensorites, Sontarans, the Mara, Weeping Angels, Vashta Nerada, and the Silence, all to help humanity. Now a British "Doctor Who" fan wants to cosplay as the Fourth Doctor and zipline down a bridge to raise money for charity.

"I turn 40 this year and Doctor Who's 50th inspired me to do something a little different for my own personal milestone," Andrew Younger told Crave. "That show has been inspiring me since I was 5 years old and it seemed fitting to do something for others and tie it in with my love of 'Doctor Who.' So I will be zip-sliding from the top of a rather iconic Bridge in the UK, the Tyne Bridge on May 10, and also the Baltic Gallery for Contemporary Art on July 6 while dressed as the ultimate children's hero -- the Fourth Doctor."

Out of all the Time Lords, the Fourth Doctor played by actor Tom Baker, resonates with Younger the most.

"He's my Doctor and still so iconic," Younger told Crave. "There is something about the combination of that man, that voice, and that role and of course that scarf which is just magic. It's an utterly cool look, which has survived the decades since its first appearance and deserves to be lauded. I thought it would be tremendous fun to see that image in action once again zip sliding from a bridge. Scarf blowing in the wind! Ha!"

Younger will use the stunt to raise money for Tiny Lives, a charitable trust that helps to care for more than 700 premature or sick babies and their families every year. The trust supports the Newcastle Neonatal Service at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary that cares for babies from across the North East and Cumbria.

"I became aware of the charity through friends and it really struck a chord with me," Younger told Crave. "A tiny life that is only just beginning and already they are having to fight for it. That life could grow to help shape our world for the better, but only if we save it at the very beginning. That's work the Doctor would approve of I'm sure."

 

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