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Craig Ferguson Finally Gets to Broadcast that 'Doctor Who' Opening Number (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 7th 2011 6:14AM
Matt Smith, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'It had become something of a lost segment of 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM on CBS). Last November, Craig Ferguson had the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, on the show. In his honor, they'd scripted a song to go with the theme music for 'Doctor Who,' and even worked up a dance number that they were going to open the show with.

As Ferguson explained tonight, "We couldn't play it because we couldn't get the music cleared in time. I found this out about three minutes before we went on air." As such, the opening was a rant about how he couldn't play his intended opening.

Since that time, the video of the 'Who' opening went viral online, encouraged and promoted by Ferguson himself.

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Matt Smith's Grandfather Has Fun With Dirty 'Doctor Who' Fanmail (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 27th 2010 12:19AM
Matt Smith, 'The Graham Norton Show'After one year on a popular science fiction shows, most actors come to accept the craziness that comes with their loyal fandom. Make that role 'Doctor Who,' and that obsession gets multiplied tenfold.

Matt Smith, who has been portraying the iconic Time Lord for the past season, talked on 'The Graham Norton Show' (Sat. 10PM on BBCA) about how his grandfather is noticing his success. Particularly when it comes to fan mail; we're sure you can imagine what types of fan mail Smith gets from time to time.

He related the first time his grandfather got involved with looking through and responding to the mail. "The first one he opened started with, 'I want to give you a--'" but rather than finish the off-color thought, Smith nodded twice.

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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.

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'Doctor Who' Special to Air Christmas Day

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 17th 2010 12:00PM
Hey 'Doctor Who' fans, guess what you'll find under your tree -- or, rather, on your television, this holiday season?

A Christmas special penned by lead 'Doctor Who' writer Steven Moffat, that's what. In a press release, BBC America calls the one-off outing a "Dickens-inspired adventure," which is appropriate enough, given that the special is titled 'A Christmas Carol.' It airs 9PM ET on Christmas Day.

"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," Moffat said in a statement from BBC America. "I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbors loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically."

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'Doctor Who' - 'Victory of the Daleks' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted May 1st 2010 10:03PM
Doctor Who(S05E03) They say a Doctor isn't a Doctor until he's faced down his most famous enemy, the Daleks. Every Doctor has faced them (it's even implied that Paul McGann fought them in the Time War). It's best that newbie Matt Smith got it out of the way early otherwise children would be asking "when will he fight the Daleks?"

This episode could best be called a new beginning for our favorite pepperpots. In typical indirect and obscure fashion, they try to perpetuate their race and destroy the universe, in that order. And for once, they even claim a victory over our favorite Time Lord.

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Billy Connolly as Doctor Who?

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 21st 2010 9:33AM
Billy Connolly considered for 1996 'Doctor Who' TV movie An odd bit of 'Doctor Who' trivia surfaced this weekend, that comic legend Billy Connolly was nearly tapped to play the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 one-off TV movie. Paul McGann wound up with the role instead. Scottish paper the Daily Record reported that a 'Doctor Who' historian named Alex Westthorp learned that the BBC had him on a "short list" after seeing him opposite Dame Judi Dench in 'Mrs. Brown.'

Apparently, no one at the BBC told Connolly. When TV Squad spoke with The Big Yin Tuesday, he said he had only heard that morning about the possibility he'd be tapped for the role. "That never reached as far as me," he said. "As a matter of fact, my manager told me that this morning. He read it in the newspaper and was amazed. It didn't get as far as him. These were just discussions at BBC I think."

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'Doctor Who' - 'The Eleventh Hour' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 17th 2010 11:29PM
Doctor Who(S05E01) You've read the interview, and now we have the review of the new 'Who.'

Eleventh Hour. Eleventh Doctor. Ha ha. We get it.

Matt Smith comes out of the gate running. Literally. In his new regeneration, the Doctor doesn't even get time to catch his breath since he's dealing with his new companion Amy Pond as well as yet another alien that wants to destroy the Earth.

This was one of the best introductions to the Doctor ever and a strong start for the newest version of the program. I liked how Steven Moffat didn't use the old trope of post-regenerative trauma (which was used in the last regeneration to David Tennant) and simply presented Matt Smith's Doctor as a bit of a scatterbrain.

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What's On Tonight: 'Doctor Who,' 'Cops,' 'iCarly,'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 17th 2010 12:30PM
A new season of 'Doctor Who' premieres at 9:00 on BBC America
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows are new, unless otherwise noted.

It's Saturday, so don't expect too much from the schedule. Except for the one show that all us science fiction geeks will be tuning into at nine o'clock.

8:00 to 9:00
FOX: 'Cops'
Animal Planet: 'It's Me or the Dog'
BBC America: 'Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide'
G4: 'Ninja Warrior' -- Two 30-minute episodes
HGTV: 'Divine Design' and 'Sarah's House'
Nickelodeon: 'iCarly' and 'True Jackson, VP'
The Weather Channel: 'Storm Stories' -- Two 30-minute episodes

9:00 to 10:00

CBS: 'Strikeforce Saturday Night Fights' --Yes, it is on CBS! Two hours
FOX: 'America's Most Wanted'
BBC America: 'Doctor Who' -- Premiere of the newest doctor: Matt Smith
DIY: 'Renovation Realities'
HBO: '24/7 Mayweather/Mosley'
Spike: 'UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez' -- Two and a half hours
The Weather Channel: 'SeaTek' -- Starts at 9:30

10:00 to 11:00
BBC America: 'The Graham Norton Show' -- Christina Ricci; Ricky Gervais; Stephen Merchant; Pixie Lott
DIY: 'Massive Moves'
HGTV: 'Battle on the Block'
MSNBC: 'Lockup: Raw' -- These things always sound like porn movies to me
Style: 'The Dish'
Travel: 'America's Worst Driver'

11:00 and Beyond

FOX: 'The Wanda Sykes Show' -- Tom Bergeron; actor Columbus Short; boxer Laila Ali
NBC: 'Saturday Night Live' -- Host Ryan Phillippe; performance by Ke$ha. Starts at 11:29
Cartoon Network (Adult Swim): 'Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood' -- Airs at midnight

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What to Watch: April 17-18

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 17th 2010 6:00AM
'Doctor Who' (Sat., 9PM, BBCA) season 5 premiere
It's the debut of the new 'Who,' as in Matt Smith, the previously mostly-unknown actor who replaces David Tennant as the newest driver of the TARDIS. Smith, who actually made his first appearance in the franchise in January's 'The End of Time,' Tennant's last 'Who' hoorah, is the 11th actor to take the lead role, and, at 27, is also the youngest Who ever. But that doesn't mean he gets time to ease into his new gig ... in fact, in the season premiere, he's thrown into a situation where he has just 20 minutes to save the world, and he has to do so without the TARDIS (which was wrecked during the regeneration of Tennant's Who into Smith's Who) and the sonic screwdriver, which has gone "wibbly-wobbly." Good thing he meets his new companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), just in time to help him through his pressure-packed journey.

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New 'Doctor Who' Matt Smith Looks Forward to a New Era

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 16th 2010 1:01PM
Matt Smith as Doctor WhoTomorrow's new episode of 'Doctor Who' is more than a season premiere (BBC America, 9PM EST). It's the beginning of a new era. Matt Smith steps into the Doctor's shoes, Karen Gillan is the new companion, Amy Pond, and Steven Moffat ('Coupling,' 'Jekyll') takes over as lead writer and executive producer. David Tenant will be a particularly hard Doctor to replace, but Smith hits the ground running, almost literally, arriving on Earth with a malfunctioning Tardis with only 20 minutes to save the planet from obliteration.

Smith, 27, is the youngest actor to take on the Doctor so far, although he points out no actor could ever really get close to the character's age (he's roughly 900 years old). He has been attending screenings in New York and Los Angeles this week, meeting and greeting fans, and trying to swim through an ocean of interviews and press coverage. I caught up with him by phone Thursday shortly after he touched down in L.A.

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Doctor Who? Matt Smith, That's Who

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 14th 2010 2:33AM

The Doctor is back, and he's a lot younger than his predecessors.

26-year-old British actor Matt Smith is the eleventh person to take on the intergalactic Time Lord role on 'Doctor Who'; he joins a long line of acclaimed thespians, including David Tennant (who just hung up his Doctor trenchcoat last year), Chris Eccleston, and the legendary Tom Baker, who played Doctor from 1974 to 1981. While Smith looks strangely like a hybrid of Eccleston and Tennant, he brings a youthful energy all his own to the sci-fi show.

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It's Time For the New 'Doctor Who'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 2nd 2010 9:02AM
Doctor WhoIf you're a 'Doctor Who' fan and you're not excited, then there is something wrong with you.

Saturday brings the new season of the show on the BBC in England (either the fifth season or the 31st season depending on who you ask) with a new Doctor in the form of Matt Smith, a new companion in the form of Karen Gillan and a new showrunner in the form of Steven Moffat. For those that reside in the United States, there is a two week delay before the season premiere on BBC America on April 17th.

If you have never watched the show before, then the introduction of a new Doctor is an excellent place to start. Usually you find that the Doctor you start with becomes "your" Doctor. It's a wonderful cult that is far more interesting than Scientology, so please join.

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Here's the New Doctor Who Trailer

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2010 1:06PM
Recasting 'Doctor Who' must be like recasting James Bond: you have to get it right or serious fans will be really irritated. Here's a look at the new Doctor (Matt Smith) in action. The new season starts Saturday, April 17 on BBC America. You probably can't tell a lot from just a trailer, but what do you think?

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Sneak Peek: the New 'Doctor Who'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 26th 2010 11:29AM
How many Doctor Whos have there been over the years, anyway? The newest is Matt Smith, and I mean newest in two ways. He's the latest guy to play the Doctor and he's also the youngest to play him (he's 27). Here's a preview of the new season, which starts on BBC America on April 17.

[via scifiwire.com]

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'Doctor Who' to Premiere April 17 on BBC America

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 26th 2010 9:30AM
Matt Smith, 'Doctor Who'Everything is different, and yet the same, just as we've come to expect with 'Doctor Who.'

According to Zap2It, the latest incarnation of the classic sci-fi series will have its American debut Sat., Apr. 17 on BBC America, just two weeks after it premieres in the U.K.

Among the changes to the 'Who' reboot include a new star (Matt Smith), a new companion (Karen Gillan, who will play Amy Pond) and a new head writer -- Steven Moffat, who will take over for Russell T. Davies. Moffat has been with the series since 2005.

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