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There’s a lot to be thankful for at the moment, especially if you’re a fan of Doctor Who, but let’s take a brief moment to tip the brim of a hat towards birthday girl Karen Gillan, who turns 26 today.
And, as these five clips prove, there is no one on this tiny planet that knows how to have as much fun as Karen Gillan.
Exhibit A: Singing in Gallic for Craig Ferguson:
Let’s be honest, that song is kind of scary. Or maybe it’s the way she sings it. Which is ironic, when placed in juxtaposition with…
Exhibit B: Her Dalek Impression
Not scary at all. Not even a tiny bit.
Exhibit C: THAT Wig Moment at Comic-Con
Had you not known this was about to happen, it could’ve been downright terrifying. Especially as the leading question was kind of snarky. And what if that video screen wasn’t there, would near-sighted fans be forced to conclude she was literally tearing her hair out? They’d be screaming for the rest of the convention.
And speaking of screaming…
Exhibit D: Learning to drive on Doctor Who Confidential
Whatever bravery it takes to pull a wig off in front of a room full of strangers, it must be double scary to have your first ever driving lesson on camera. And then a terrifying trip around a race track.
But hang on, these clips are supposed to be fun. Where’s the fun?
Exhibit E: Singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Matt and Arthur
Well, fun for them at least. My poor ears.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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