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'Doctor Who' Fever Hits Craig Ferguson. Plus: Win Season 5 on DVD!

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 17th 2010 1:30PM
Doctor WhoWith season 5 of 'Doctor Who' hitting DVD last week, Craig Ferguson declared Tuesday's 'Late Late Show' "Doctor Who Night."

The 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, was the evening's main guest, although Chris Hardwick of 'Attack of the Show' helped with e-mails and Twitters, decked out in a Tom Baker-era Who scarf and a t-shirt with a DeLoreon driving into TARDIS.

And to fan the flames of this 'Doctor Who' fever, we're giving away two DVD and Blu-ray copies each of Series 5. To learn more about Ferguson's celebratory episode and how to win a copy of series 5, keep reading.

'The Late Late Show' started with an elaborate dance number, the full cast and puppets dressed in their tribute to Who, and Ferguson singing his own words over the 'Doctor Who' theme. Or it would have, had producers not told Ferguson they didn't have clearance to use the song.

Instead, it opened with Ferguson scowling at the camera, surrounded by the cast and puppets, angrily flicking a Sonic Screwdriver, explaining what happened. "This is Doctor Who's magic pen," he said. "I look forward to your corrections."

There was a Dalek on set, next to Geoff, Ferguson's skeleton sidekick. Safe to say you won't see that level of commitment to 'Who' on another American talk show. Ferguson tried to explain the show in his opening monologue. "Doctor Who has been played by 11 different people," he said, "kind of like Cher."

Smith is in the United States filming for 'Doctor Who,' on location in Utah, the first time the show has filmed here. The episode will air in series 6, which will debut in the spring and be split into two parts (the second airing in the fall).

The Smith interview took up most of the show, and he talked about filming in America and visiting Vegas. Ferguson asked the question that has been much discussed amongst 'Who' fans -- how long Smith plans to play the role. Smith was noncommittal. "I take it a year at a time, man," he said. "I'm going to do this year and maybe next year as well."

The full Matt Smith interview:

We also got to see Smith's dance moves when Secretariat (well, the two guys in the horse costume who play Secretariat on the show), came out late in the show, followed once again by Hardwick. Smith, Hardwick, and Ferguson formed their own band, Ferguson and Smith on harmonica and Hardwick on "mouth percussion," to play the show out. Dubbing themselves "Three Octopusses and an Otter," they attempted to play the 'Doctor Who' theme, which came out as a strained jig.

The subject of the Christmas special never came up. For the curious, the special is reportedly scheduled to air Christmas day (not officially confirmed), and it's called, fittingly, 'A Christmas Carol.'

Showrunner and lead writer Steven Moffat was quoted on BBCAmerica.com saying, "Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favorite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And The Doctor. And a honeymoon. And ... oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything." Michael Gambon guest stars.

And if you've lost track, several incarnations of the Doctor have popped up on DVD. On Oct. 5, David Tennant's 10th Doctor showed up in animated form for the 'Dreamland' special, never before seen in North America. On Nov. 2, the BBC released two classic storylines, 'Revenge of the Cybermen' with Tom Baker and 'Silver Nemesis' with Sylvester McCoy. If you're really a rabid fan, you might want to catch the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, as John Lennon in 'Lennon Naked' on DVD Nov. 23.

And 'Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series,' is on shelves now with outtakes and extras. AOL Television is giving away two copies each of the DVD and Blu-ray versions. Enter to win below!

That's why we're giving four readers the chance to win 'Doctor Who' season 5. To enter to win, submit a comment on this post telling us who your favorite Doctor is and include which format you prefer (DVD or Blu-Ray)

Submit your entry before 12PM EST on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and make sure to use a valid email address. Good luck!

AOL Television's 'Doctor Who' DVD and Blu-ray giveaway is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. To enter, please leave a comment on this page. The comment must be left before 12:00 pm Eastern Time on Nov. 24. You may enter once per email address and four winners will be selected in a random drawing. Approximate total retail value of the prize is $60). Click Here for complete Official Rules.

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Nicholas D.

I think out of all the Doctors that have been on the show Matt Smith is the best so far. Then it would be David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston. I think that Matt is the best cause of the attitude of him towards acting on the show and towards being The Doctor. I hope he lasts longer then 2 seasons. DVD

July 05 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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July 05 2011 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While Matt Smith is starting to grow on me, I think the best Doctor has to be David Tennant. I almost forgot he was an actor portraying a role because his quirkiness, timing and delivery was just so natural. He had such a sense of timing that is hard to find. He just had a way of pulling you into his performance and therefore into the show. His performance made you care about him, hs companions and even some of the others with whom he interacted. I have to say no matter who has played the Doctor, the show is incredible. I hope it never ends!

May 19 2011 at 7:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to fredspaw's comment

BTW if I won..I'll take DVD!

May 19 2011 at 7:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

David Tennant (DVD)

November 24 2010 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am torn between Christopher Eccleston and Matt Smith. I love them both.

But I've been watching the Tom Baker ones and I am feeling that love too!

November 23 2010 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gotta go with Tennant.

I prefer DVD.

November 23 2010 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah C.

David Tennant all the way! (DVD)

November 23 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My favorite Doctor is Tom Baker, with David Tennant in a very close second...

November 23 2010 at 2:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Forgot to add...DVD.

November 22 2010 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm going to cheat and say that my favorite Doctor is whomever is the current Doctor. Eccletson was my first Doctor so I got attached. Tennant was around for so long that I once again was unwilling to accept the change. I actually skipped watching the End of Time just because I didn't want to watch Tennant change. It was only after watching the first few episodes of the 5th series that I realized that the Doctor was still in capable hands. As it turned out, very capable (and delightfully quirky) hands.

November 22 2010 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charles Campbell

Matt Smith is the highest quality actor who has portrayed Dr. Who. Both he and the actress who plays Amy pull you into the show emotionally. Matt Smith doesn't just portray Dr. Who, He is Dr. Who! (DVD)

November 22 2010 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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