Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvil (Photos: Twitter)
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvil (Photos: Twitter)
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvil (Photos: Twitter)

Oh, this is going to be EXACTLY like the ice bucket challenge again, isn’t it? By the time everyone’s had a go at #15SecondShakespeare game—in which actors recite pop lyrics as if they are part of a dramatic moment in a production of one of the Bard’s great works—the culture and gossip blogs of the world will be awash with posts exactly like this one, everyone quietly wondering if they should hold fire until another notable star has come forward, preferably in a funny hat.

That said, yesterday both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill filmed their own contributions and they’re great, so OK, let’s talk about that. This, however, will be the last one.*

Karen’s contribution is the Proclaimers’ classic “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”:

While Arthur opts for the socially conscious rap section from Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”:

Extra applause for that rising inflection in the last line, which could not be more Royal Shakespeare Company if it put on doublet and hose and moved to Stratford.

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* Until someone else we really like does it.

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By Fraser McAlpine