Yeovil, south Somerset (that’s in the UK), saw a recent invasion of malevolent aliens, though not of type one might expect.  Instead of blowing things up or establishing a new Imperial colony, Daleks and Stormtroopers chose to help out the local hospitals – very uncharacteristic indeed.

YeoLeisurePark, in a celebration marking their 10th anniversary, set up a Doctor Who-themed event to benefit St. Margaret’s Hospice – a hospital devoted to helping those diagnosed with terminal illnesses.  This 6-hour Doctor Who extravaganza featured everything from Cybermen to Sontarans, with the highlight of the day being a race between wee-sized remote-controlled Daleks.

In addition to the race, the event featured a 5k charity run and a laser display, as well a chance for people to get up-close-and-personal with their favorite Doctor Who villains.  Luckily, no exterminations or deletions were reported.

Not to be outdone by their British-developed counterparts, a few days later the 501st UK Garrison Star Wars group showed up to their own charity event.  This one was aimed at raising money for Yeovil Hospital’s Flying Colours Appeal, an initiative to help the Women’s Health and Maternity Unit at the hospital.  Considering this is a maternity unit, there is likely an ulterior motive involved, such as training more soldiers for the Empire.

Residents of Yeovil must have certainly had an interesting time the last few days, what with all the alien activity in town.  No doubt they also breathed a sigh of relief when the aliens finally made their way off-planet without killing anyone.


Thanks to The Mary Sue for sourcing us this one.

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