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Charity Cases: How Fans of Fictional Realms Are Giving Back in the Real World


Considering the good Doctor’s ethos, it’s no surprise Doctor Who star Matt Smith recently stopped by Red Nose Day, the admirable, long-running, moderately excruciating telethon. Red Nose Day raised over $100 million for Comic Relief, which funds charities in the U.K. and Africa. Doctor Who has lent its support to the organization before, and it’s pretty remarkable to see someone we recognize as a guy who zips around time and space, doing fictional good deeds help make the real world a better place.

The world of geekdom and charity often intersect. From the Harry Potter Alliance, which promotes literacy and civic engagement, to Child’s Play, which brings videogames into children’s hospitals, there’s no shortage of altruistic organizations harnessing geeks’ passion and connectivity.

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