Jan 23 2008 Paisley Daily Express
DOCTOR Who star David Tennant has taken time out of his busy schedule to make a film of a different kind in honour of his beloved mum, Helen McDonald, who lost her brave battle against cancer last year.
The Paisley actor features in a new video for Scottish-based charity AICR (Association for International Cancer Research) in the hope his famous face will help boost funds for the organisation.
During filming, David, 36, met a doctor whose work is funded by the charity.
Dr Andy Tee, from Dundee, was awarded £750,000 by the charity to continue his work into the study of tuberous sclerosis complex, a condition which affects one in 7,000 births.
It sees which tumours form in the brain, lungs, kidneys, hearts and eyes of babies and young children.
Dr Tee is also a big Doctor Who fan.
He said: “David was keen to hear about my work and why the funding grant from AICR is so important in allowing me to continue my research.”
And David, who lost his mother Helen to cancer last year, added: “It was good for me to meet a real life superhero whose work holds the prospect of helping many thousands in their fight with cancer.”
AICR's Chief Executive, Norman Barrett, thanked David for giving up his time to appear in the video.
He added: “His help and support will help bring the important work of AICR to a wider audience.
“We are proud to support some of the world's greatest cancer experts, but we are also committed to helping young scientists at the start of their career.
“We are also delighted to have awarded Dr Tee an AICR research fellowship. We pride ourselves that we champion the brightest and best.”
AICR, which is based in St Andrews, says it funds the most valuable studies, wherever they may be in the world.