A harlequin was a type of clown (PROSE: Day of the Clown) and also a panto character. (PROSE: Oh No It Isn't!, AUDIO: Oh No It Isn't!)

In 2009, Elijah Spellman told Sarah Jane Smith that mankind had always needed someone to make them laugh, slave or king. In Great Britain, they had fools like the harlequin and, in the Middle Ages the jester. (PROSE: Day of the Clown)

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