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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Strips, Plus a Sneak Peek at the Christmas Special (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 21st 2011 11:00AM
'Doctor Who' Christmas special'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith performed a striptease on TV Friday night, but it was all for a good cause. As part of the BBC's annual 'Children in Need' telethon Smith stripped off a signature 'Doctor Who' outfit before putting it up for auction together with a signed script.

Talking on this morning's 'BBC Breakfast' Smith said he hopes the items will fetch as much as possible, and he reiterated his belief that "bow ties are cool." He also talked about the "massive challenge" of taking on a role that's been part of the British cultural landscape for 50 years. Smith joked that at a recent party he was starstruck to meet two of his predecessors in the role, David Tennant and his father-in-law Peter Davison, thinking "Wow, it's Doctor Who!" before realizing "I'm Doctor Who!"

'Children in Need' also showcased a sneak peek at that staple of the festive season, the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special. Catch it and Smith's striptease after the jump.

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Is Matt Smith Thinking of Leaving 'Doctor Who'? Here's Why He Should Stick With the Role

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 25th 2011 3:15PM
Another week, another bit of 'Doctor Who' speculation.

The Internet has been buzzing for a few days about remarks that 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith made recently -- he appeared to indicate in an interview that he may only be doing one more season of 'Doctor Who' and then try his luck in Hollywood.

You'll note that the previous paragraph contained a lot of hedging -- that's because there's no confirmation from the BBC or Smith's handlers that the actor's next 'Doctor Who' season will be his last.

Still, if Smith leaves the role after next season, which is set to go into production in early 2012, I think it'd be a terrible mistake. Here's why.

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'Doctor Who's' Wild Wedding; Is It Time to Slow the TARDIS Down?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 2nd 2011 1:45PM
The season finale of 'Doctor Who' had quite a few fun bells and whistles and enjoyable moments.

But executive producer/head honcho Steven Moffat's inability to stop adding bells and whistles sometimes gets in the way of emotionally resonant moments on this show. By the time the finale rolled around, there was so much business that had be dealt with that much of the running time of 'The Wedding of River Song' consisted of extremely clever but nonetheless exposition-y exposition.

As for the wedding of the title? Well, that was emblematic of what didn't quite work.

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Production Gets Underway on the 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 21st 2011 8:30AM
'Doctor Who'Great news for 'Doctor Who' fans! Details of this year's Christmas Special have been unwrapped.

The BBC has announced that production is underway on the annual staple of the festive season, and it's expected to film until mid-October.

Matt Smith's second Christmas special as the Doctor will find him embarking on an adventure in war-torn England with a widow and her two young children.

He will be joined by guest stars Claire Skinner ('Outnumbered'), Bill Bailey ('Black Books'), Arabella Weir ('The Fast Show') and Alexander Armstrong ('Armstrong & Miller').

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'Doctor Who' Mastermind Steven Moffat Talks River Song, Matt Smith and Time Travel

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 26th 2011 10:00AM
Who is River Song and what's her connection to other characters on 'Doctor Who'?

Why do stories have to be told in a linear fashion, and what does "linear" even mean?

Do you have to fully understand what's going on in a story -- any story, even one that doesn't involve alien incursions -- in order to enjoy it?

I discussed all those things and more with 'Doctor Who' executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat in anticipation of the show's Saturday return on BBC America.

Truth be told, I was a bit nervous to talk to Moffat. I'd read other interviews in which he seemed -- well, prickly is the wrong word, but (justifiably) unwilling to suffer fools gladly. And when it comes to timey-wimey stories and the kind of puzzle plots that he sometimes creates for 'Doctor Who,' I don't mind admitting that I can be a bit of a head-scratching fool.

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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Previews New Episodes, Plus Lots of Intel on What's to Come

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 24th 2011 11:30AM
'Doctor Who' returns 9PM ET Saturday on BBC America. Finally.

It feels as though we've had to wait an eternity for the show's sixth season to recommence, and there were dozens of unanswered questions floating around by the end of 'A Good Man Goes to War,' the ripping mid-season finale that aired in June. The good news is, the show's executive producer, Steven Moffat, and star, Matt Smith, both said in recent interviews that all those big questions will be answered by the time the seventh season wraps up Oct. 1. My interview with Smith is below, and I'll post the interview with Moffat soon.

Many of the biggest 'Doctor Who' questions revolve around River Song, a.k.a. Melody Pond, who, it emerged in 'A Good Man Goes to War,' is the daughter of the Doctor's companions, Rory and Amy. Be assured that the interview with Matt Smith below doesn't contain any specific intel about what's to come. But after the interview with Smith, you'll get a River Song-style warning about "Spoilers!" which include the very interesting (and River-centric) title of the upcoming season finale.

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Catch Up With 'Doctor Who': 5 Essential Episodes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 9th 2011 3:30PM
So you've heard the buzz, your interest is tickled and you're ready to take the plunge into a new show. There's just one problem -- you don't have time to catch up on multiple seasons.

Have no fear, AOL TV is here. We'll be spotlighting five episodes from some of the best scripted comedies and dramas on TV that you need to see before jumping into the new season this fall.

Up now? 'Doctor Who.'

'Doctor Who'
Starring Matt Smith, 'Doctor Who' follows the adventures of the ancient, mysterious alien Time Lord known as "The Doctor." A British cultural institution, it originally aired on the BBC from 1963 to 1989, and was then resurrected as a TV series in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the title role.

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Comic-Con 2011: Daleks Attack and Other 'Doctor Who' Panel Highlights

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 25th 2011 12:45PM
Matt Smith of 'Doctor Who' experienced his first Comic-Con over the weekend, and at the start of the show's Sunday panel in a packed Hall H, he said it was "completely overwhelming."

And that was before he began answering fan questions from people inside Dalek costumes.

Below are highlights from the 'Doctor Who' panel -- and check out these trailers for the show's fall episodes, which begin airing Aug. 27 on BBC America. (Regarding the trailers and what's below, as River Song might say, "Spoilers!")

* Smith and Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, said that the script for 'A Good Man Goes to War,' the show's mid-season finale, had fake pages -- the ending they read was not the real ending.

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Watch Two New 'Doctor Who' Season 6, Part 2 Trailers (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 25th 2011 6:15AM
'Doctor Who' Season 6'Doctor Who' fans have just about a month to wait before new episodes from the hotly anticipated second half of Season 6 air in the US.

To whet their appetite, the BBC and BBC America have released two new trailers, in which we are told "Something is happening to Time." Uh oh.

Why does the Doctor say his time is running out? Who is Winston Churchill pointing a gun at? Er, did Adolf Hitler just thank the Doctor, Amy and Rory for saving his life? And just why, exactly, is the Doctor trying to make out with Craig Owens (James Corden)?

Watch both trailers after the jump and see what you make of them.

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Talking TV Podcast (Pondcast?) Talks 'Doctor Who'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 14th 2011 11:30AM
A one-show podcast this time: Ryan McGee and I talk all 'Doctor Who,' all the time (well, not all the time -- we clocked in at just under an hour this week).

We talk about the new season of 'Who' as a whole, we gab about the River Song revelation and 'A Good Man Goes to War' in detail, and we speculate about what may be next for Rory, Amy and the Doctor.

Did we mention that Rory is awesome? We also love the Victorian lizard lady and her plucky companion, who should get their own spinoff now (which someone on Twitter dubbed 'Cagney and Scaly'). In any event, it was a great end to an uneven season, all of which we discuss in the 'Who'-cast.

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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Returning for Season 7

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 7th 2011 5:30PM
Doctor Who'Doctor Who' will be back for a seventh season, with current Time Lord Matt Smith in tow. The Guardian confirmed the news.

The series has been picked up for 14 new episodes despite rumors indicating no new episodes -- just four specials -- would air in 2012.

A "good chunk" of the new episodes will air in 2012, the BBC said.

"The new commission is a big commitment, not many other shows have such a commitment so far in advance," a BBC spokesman told the Guardian. "We do not know yet how many will air in 2012."

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'Downton Abbey' Loses Out as 'Sherlock' Wins Big at the BAFTAs

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 23rd 2011 6:12AM
Martin FreemanIt was a mixed bag for PBS last night at the BAFTA TV Awards in London as 'Sherlock' took home two trophies, but 'Downton Abbey' left empty-handed.

'Sherlock' won the coveted Best Drama Series Award, and Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Doctor Watson in the modern take on the 'Sherlock Holmes' mysteries.

However, Freeman's co-star Benedict Cumberbatch lost out in the Best Actor category to Daniel Rigby ('Flyboys') for his role as legendary British comedian Eric Morecambe in 'Eric & Ernie.' Rigby also beat out fan favorite, 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith.

'Downton Abbey' was nominated for three major awards -- Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor and The Audience Award -- but failed to win any of them.

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'Doctor Who' Season 6, Episode 1 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 24th 2011 12:40PM
doctor who s06e01['Doctor Who' – 'The Impossible Astronaut']

Grab your fezzes and Jammie Dodgers; The Doctor is back for more mind-boggling, timey-wimey fun!

It's been four months since we last saw Amy, Rory, and our beloved Doctor zipping through time and space and bending our little nerd brains with perplexing plots and paradoxes. And judging by the first half of the Season 6 premiere, 'Doctor Who' is making up for lost time by cranking the drama (and the complexity level) up to eleven.

It was a challenge, but not a chore, trying to keep up with all the tricky time–travel tidbits built into this incredibly compelling season opener. The tone of the episode grew gloomier and the characters grew more desperate as the minutes ticked on. But, luckily, 'The Impossible Astronaut' delivered a lively and joyous opening sequence before leading us down a very dark and strange path.

A lot of shocking and memorable stuff happened before the hour was over, but the opening sequence was one of my favorite parts of the premiere. It was funny and fast-paced, and the expert cinematography established an epic and cinematic tone, look and feel that, as far as I could tell, is new to 'Who.'

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Arthur Darvill Tries His Hardest Not to Spoil the New Season of 'Doctor Who'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 23rd 2011 2:00PM
Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams on 'Doctor Who'As Rory Williams, actor Arthur Darvill started his first season of 'Doctor Who' as a mild-mannered nurse engaged to marry Amy Pond, the love of his life. Entering his second season, Darvill's Rory is a veteran time traveler who has faced down Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and a host of others; been wiped clean from history and brought back again as an Auton; and spent 2,000 years guarding Pond in a box outside the reach of time. He and Pond are married, and both are companions to the Doctor.

We know that in series 6, which debuts tonight at 9PM ET on BBC America, the Doctor, Amy and Rory will do battle on a pirate ship, come to America, and face "The Silence." Darvill wanted to tell AOL TV all of the details about the upcoming adventures, but that would ruin the surprise. Still, we tried our hardest to get everything we could from the actor.

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'Doctor Who' Makes a Dazzling Return, and Who Are We to Resist Its Charms?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 22nd 2011 1:15PM
Just about anyone with a pulse can enjoy 'Doctor Who' (9PM ET Saturday, BBC America) -- it's that good and that much fun -- but if there are 'Lost' fans out there who've never tried this frisky British import, now's the time to get on board.

Never mind that 'Doctor Who' has been going for decades. You don't need to catch up on a lot of backstory unless you want to. Anyone -- whether they're 'Lost' fans or not -- can jump right in this weekend.

But the important thing for 'Lost' fans to know is that, as was the case with the ABC show, 'Doctor Who' doesn't dabble in time shenanigans just for kicks.

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