Author Archives: Fraser McAlpine

About Fraser McAlpine

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.

Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic

Posts by Fraser McAlpine

‘Doctor Who’ Cosplay: How to Dress Like Missy

One of the best things about the arrival of Michelle Gomez as Missy in Doctor Who is there’s another character with a totally identifiable look that you could spot from a mile off. Granted, that look is a variant on someone ...

LISTEN: First Extracts From Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’

A short while ago, there was news and clips from a new BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, a tale of the final battle between heaven and hell, and the attempts of an angel and a demon to stop ...

Personality Quiz: To Which Hogwarts House Do You Belong?

As we reach the end of an eventful year, it’s natural that thoughts turn to the year ahead, and the kind of changes everyone feels the need to make in order to better themselves in the coming months.

WATCH: 9 Great Moments from ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Specials

There was no traditional Doctor Who Christmas special in the classic years, beyond a moment in 1965 where the First Doctor suddenly turned into the camera and wished viewers a merry Christmas at the end of “The Daleks’ ...

Neil Gaiman Cracks the Code for British Leading Men

There’s a lovely interview on the Radio Times site with Neil Gaiman, in which he discusses the long-mooted movie adaptation of his breakthrough Sandman comic book series, which appears to be slowly taking shape.

Peter Capaldi’s ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo da Vinci’ Hits U.S. Theaters

Just a heads-up in case you were short of things to do over the festive period, the documentary Inside the Mind of Leonardo da Vinci, which Peter Capaldi made shortly before starting work on Doctor Who, is arriving in selected movie ...

Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Universal Domino-tion

Before we delve into Santa’s bulging sack to unwrap an entire week’s worth of giftwrapped and shiny Doctor Who stuff, let’s just pause a moment, because in about three minutes we are all going to realize that we are in ...

LISTEN: Hugh Bonneville Reads a Letter from Paddington

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.

For no reason other than the lightening of the day and the warming of the heart we present this, a letter written by Michael Bond from Paddington Bear to his Aunt Lucy, concerning Christmas with the Brown family.

In Memoriam: The Brits We Lost in 2014

Gathering together a list of those people we lost over the past year is never a pleasant task. The shocking realization that, say, Rik Mayall or Bob Hoskins will be making no more public appearances is quite a hard one to process, ...

WATCH: Martin Freeman in ‘The Office: Middle Earth’ on SNL

You may have already seen this, but it bears repeating. Because no matter how impressive it seems the first time, it’s only on the second or third viewing that you realize how odd it must be for Martin Freeman to reenact scenes he ...