Matt Smith, Is That a Sonic Screwdriver in Your Pocket?

  • This is why the Doctor travels by TARDIS: Heathrow Airport security stopped new Doctor Who star Matt Smith, thinking his sonic screwdriver prop was a weapon. The Sun‘s source says, “Matt was very polite and explained what the screwdriver was. But the guards just looked puzzled. Fortunately he had some Doctor Who promo material on him so was able to show them who he was.”
  • Smith and co-star Karen Gillan stopped in Sunderland on their UK tour, and the Sunderland Echo has posted a video interview with them. They just look great together. And Karen Gillan is making me less gay by the day.
  • How will Steven Moffat‘s version of Doctor Who differ from Russell T Davies‘? The Guardian‘s Daniel Martin says, “Moffat’s writing is less concerned with searing emotional journeys than laughs and scares…Moffat’s also a brilliant writer of dialogue, so we can expect that to be off the scale. But the line the showrunner keeps emphasizing is that his Doctor Who is a fairytale. We’re not going to get deep Battlestar Galactica-esque science fiction – this is Doctor Who. But we’re not going to get kitchen sink sci-fi, either.”
  • Anglo readers in the NYC metro area: BBC AMERICA is holding a screening of the first episode of the new Doctor Who series on Wednesday, April 17th at 7 pm at Village East Cinema. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Steven Moffat will participate in a Q&A moderated by USA Today’s Whitney Matheson. Click over to our Facebook event page for the details.
  • Spoiler alert: AfterElton has photos of Torchwood star John Barrowman‘s appearance on the April 18th episode of Desperate Housewives.
  • Congrats to BBC World News America on its two Peabody awards, one for the show itself and the other for Lyse Doucet‘s report on maternal mortality in Afghanistan. The Peabody committee called BBCWNA “a nightly newscast like none the United States has ever had” and added that “it places our actions and concerns in a global context.” Congrats to all the hard-working folks down in D.C. producing BBCWNA and to Ms. Doucet.
  • Carey Mulligan has done a photoshoot posing as ’60s icon Twiggy, and people in the comments section over at The Daily Mail are being quite hateful. “Why has somebody drawn glasses on these photos?” asks Tabitha from Coventry. “And why is she dressed like a dental nurse?”
  • Well, those comments aren’t quite as mean as the ones about Georgia May Jagger and her unfortunate teeth.(The Sun)
  • The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw gives a five-star review to Kick-Ass, the comic book movie written by Jonathan Ross‘ wife, Jane Goldman: “Perhaps I shouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did: but with more energy and satire and craziness in its lycra-gloved little finger than other films have everywhere else, Kick-Ass is all pleasure and no guilt.”
  • Ricky Gervais is the latest celebrity to drop the pounds.(Daily Mail)
  • Billy Connolly and Victoria Wood were voted British’s favorite comedians. Ricky Gervais and Bill Bailey tied for 10th.(Telegraph)
  • Is Kate Bush the greatest influence on today’s crop of female singer-songwriters? The Guardian‘s Karren Ablaze! says: “Despite her distaste for media attention and a rather, ahem, laidback release schedule, Bush’s emotionally intense and off-kilter pop continues to capture the imagination of artists.”
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick talks to the “remarkably fit, muscular, and alert” guitar god Jeff Beck. On the state of today’s music, Beck says, “The computer is like a Zimmer frame. You play one note and you can make a whole album out of it. It’s convenient but it’s not real. It’s just graphics. Where’s the music?”
  • NME has done a cover story on the Libertines reunion, and the magazine has posted a photo gallery of the band on their website.
  • Pete Doherty says he finds playing old Libertines songs “upsetting,” telling NME: “Quite a lot of our songs are born out of a lot of violent energy and a lot of bad feelings.”
  • Lady Gaga is tipped to write and sing the next Bond theme.(The Sun)
  • At London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Who performed Quadrophenia for the first time in 13 years.(The Times)
  • Take a peek at the design for “Britain’s answer to the Eiffel Tower,” a 360-foot-tall winding structure that will overlook London’s Olympic Park in 2012.(Guardian)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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