Roundup: John Barrowman, Doctor Who, X Factor, Tom Hardy

  • From io9: John Barrowman‘s older sister, Carole Barrowman, writes about the classic Doctor Who monster that scared her younger brother as a kid. It’s an excerpt from Carole’s piece in the new anthology, Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It: “When the Doctor was in his third regeneration, ditzy Jo was his companion, I was still afraid of Daleks, a bit creeped out by the Master, but the baby brother was growing on me. In fact, so much so that while shopping in Glasgow one Saturday morning, I insisted – and when I say insisted I mean forced with my arms clamped tightly around his chest – he stand outside a department store window for two or three minutes to make sure the mannequins weren’t really Autons and that they were not poised to crash out of the display and follow us home. They were not and they did not, but baby brother checked his back the entire trip.”

    Here’s an early clip of the Autons from 1970′s Spearhead From Space, Jon Pertwee‘s first outing as the Third Doctor:

  • io9 also tells you how to get quickly up to speed on 20 classic sci-fi shows, including Doctor Who, Torchwood, Red Dwarf, The Prisoner, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Two best friends came to blows while auditioning together for Simon Cowell‘s X Factor, and the fight will appear on tonight’s episode.(Mirror)
  • Is The King’s Speech, which features Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen Mother and Colin Firth as George VI, an Oscar contender this year? The Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye thinks so. Also: Inception star Tom Hardy replaces Michael Fassbander in the new adaptation of John Le Carré‘s Cold War spy thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which also stars Firth and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • Speaking of Mr. Hardy, you may need a cigarette after watching this video of him training in the gym for his role in Bronson.
  • The Daily Express looks at the very different paths of Men Behaving Badly stars Neil Morrissey and Martin Clunes.

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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