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

George Clooney, Maggie Smith and a Kiss in ‘Downton Abbey’

Before we get any further it’s important to state that George Clooney really IS going to be in Downton Abbey, with the cast of Downton Abbey, acting a part, playing a role, and everything. That report we ran about him filming in ...

Nick Frost is in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special

It would have been enough, gentle Whovian reader, to have spent the morning pointing at the two preview clips from this week’s Doctor Who story “Time Heist” and generally squealing. That’s not a bad start to a ...

5 Anglo/Scottish Celebrity Couples

In the spirit of international accord during a week of decision, here are five couples who have said “Yes” to their own Anglo/Scottish unions.

Martin Freeman is Not the Fonz, OK?

One of the most fun stories to come out of Martin Freeman’s three-month run as Richard III in London’s Trafalgar Studios concerns Sherlock fans, particularly the younger ones, squealing their approval every time he walks on ...

How Many Names do Brits Have for Woodlice?

There’s not a lot to do in the British countryside, especially if you’re whiling the decades away waiting for someone to invent the internet. So you can’t blame the residents of a tiny island nation for choosing to pass the time ...

Tom Hiddleston Takes a Trip to ‘Skull Island’

Would it be too cheeky to assume that the producers of the new King Kong prequel didn’t spend very long casting their new leading man? I mean, it seems temptingly plausible that they’ll have looked at the script, read the ...

25 Scottish Sayings That Will Get You Through Life

No matter what happens in the referendum over Scottish independence this week, the wit, expressive depth and wisdom of the Scottish people is something to be cherished. They know a thing or two about stoicism in the face of poor ...

Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Stop, Look and ‘Listen’

It’s OK, it’s safe to come out from behind the sofa now.

In this week’s Doctor Who episode “Listen,” the Doctor and Clara have taken quite a trip; to the end of time, to the beginning of the rest of Clara’s life (if this date with Danny Pink is as significant as it ...

Benedict Cumberbatch as Wet Mr. Darcy

Let’s cut to the chase. Above and below these words is a photo that, if you have not already seen it, draws the eye in such a way that it really doesn’t matter what I’m saying right now.

Is Daniel Craig Taking Jedi Lessons?

Frankly, this could all just be the kind of overexciteable hogwash you read when there’s a new installment from a beloved movie franchise on the way and it’s got a moveable feast of a cast and the possibility of a ton of ...