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Doctor Who actor Sacha Dhawan has stayed creative during his coronavirus quarantine by making a short film which leans into mental health issues.

Dhawan plays the title character in Yash Gill’s Power Half Hour, a nine-minute monologue about a troubled fictional comedian who is trying out his first livestream.

“As someone who suffers from mental health myself, I couldn’t be more proud of this work,” Dhawan told the Radio Times. “I made a decision last year to be more open about my mental health, and encourage others like me, particularly young men, that it’s OK to talk. And there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.”

Yash Gill’s Power Half Hour, written by Nikesh Shukla and directed by Milli Bhatia, is part of the Virtual Collaborators project, which is billed as a “hastily-formed creative response to COVID-19.” It was made virtually while the creative team observed the U.K.’s strict social distancing rules.

The short film debuted on Monday and is available to watch over at YouTube. 

Yash Gill’s Power Half Hour, which begins with funny stand-up patter but ends with a powerful emotional punch, has been widely praised on Twitter by fans and actors including former Doctor Who guest star Meera Syal and The InbetweenersBlake Harrison.

Dhawan made his Doctor Who debut earlier this year as The Master. Check out a featurette about how he approached playing the iconic character below.

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By Nick Levine