Author Archives: Fraser McAlpine

About Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 13 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Music.

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.

Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic

Posts by Fraser McAlpine

Personality Quiz: Which British Chat Show Host Are You?

Recently, we threw a lot of names into a hat as part of a blog post suggesting British replacements for David Letterman when he leaves Late Show, and it was a lot of fun. Then, while discussing our findings on social media, some bright ...

Michael Sheen Joins All-Star 'Under Milk Wood'

This May sees the centenary of the birth of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, and 60 years since the first radio broadcast of his most famous creation; the scabrous, brilliant “play for voices” Under Milk Wood. To commemorate his ...

Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Ian Fleming?

There is probably nothing in this story that cannot be blown away with a decent lungful of air and a good puff, but that’s what makes it all the more enticing.

Dame Angela Lansbury Meets The Queen

There’s something enormously compelling about these pictures of famous people getting honors from the Queen. It’s not unlike seeing friends from two different parts of your life chatting in a bar.

Five British Easter Traditions That Will Surprise Americans

Tradition is the simple matter of doing something once because it’s the right thing to do, and then doing it again (and again) for no good reason at all. And traditions that have withstood the warping effects of hundreds of ...

Happy 24th Birthday, Emma Watson: Five of Her Most Startling Roles

Emma Watson has spent the years since Harry Potter fired his final magic spell putting as much clear water between herself and her goody-goody image as Hermione Granger as is humanly possible (while also studying for her degree, just ...

Easter Is Coming: Let’s Make a Simnel Cake

We know that Anglophilia is a competitive sport—to be honest it is in the U.K. too—so why not have a bash at making a cake that is traditional to the British Isles, but not so ubiquitous that everyone has heard of it?

'Doctor Who's Day Roundup: Happy Birthday, Doctors

It’s been quite the weekend for Whovian birthdays; Fifth Doctor Peter Davison was 63 on Sunday—although he doesn’t look anywhere near that old—and then yesterday Peter Capaldi turned 56.

WATCH: Animated Trailer For Classic ‘Doctor Who’ On UK’s Horror Channel

It’s not often we dig up a trailer for something that isn’t going to appear on American screens and doesn’t even feature any footage from the movie or TV show it is attempting to trail, but this is rather good.

Cumberbatch: 'I'm Never Gonna Play the Doctor'

Over the weekend, without warning or consent, huge empires of fan-worship were bashed together, imploded and reformed around comments made by Benedict Cumberbatch from just one Q&A session at Oz Comic-Con, at the Adelaide Showgrounds in ...