Author Archives: Fraser McAlpine

Posts by Fraser McAlpine

How Tom Hiddleston Transformed Into Hank Williams

Stories of the extreme lengths actors go to in order to physically and mentally change themselves for a new role are often surprisingly harrowing. And it’s not just at the extreme method end of things—where Robert De Niro or ...

First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III

The BBC have just revealed further details of the cast of their sequel to The Hollow Crown, in which Shakespeare’s history plays have been adapted for TV with some of the finest acting talent the British Isles—and therefore the ...

WATCH: Karen Gillan (+ Wig) Riding a Bike in the Desert

Here’s a curious thing. Paul Reubens starring as a racing driver called Racer Steven, in a promotional video for the TV On The Radio song “Happy Idiot”, and as he hurtles around the track in the desert, he sees a ...

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Photobomb is all Ellen Degeneres’ Fault

Benedict Cumberbatch graces the front cover of this week’s London listings magazine Time Out, and there’s a lovely interview inside, in which he discusses, among other things, exactly how he came to be jumping up and down ...

Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Arachnophobia on the Moon

After having to mop up the mess caused by the Blitzer (and Courtney Woods) in “The Caretaker,” this week’s Doctor Who adventure “Kill The Moon” will see the Doctor and Clara battling a dangerous new foe ...

David Tennant: “I Don’t Really See the Point of Holidays”

Thinking of taking a holiday trip to the British Isles? Take David Tennant’s advice and don’t go to a Scottish beach in the 1970s, or if you do, wrap up nice and warm and be prepared for a thorough washdown afterwards.

International Coffee Day: When Cupcakes Invaded Britain

Consider this a dunkable companion to your mid-morning break. This story involves a relatively new innovation into British lives, one that will seem laughably quaint to anyone that is used to jacking up their sleep-deprived selves into ...

‘Doctor Who’ Recap: ‘The Caretaker’

Back from their experiences at the bank, it’s time for Clara and the Doctor to get back to a life of domestic bliss. Should be fairly straightforward, right?

Happy Birthday, T.S. Eliot: 20 of His Most Life-Affirming Quotes

As an American with such a strong affection for the U.K. (and the Anglican church) that he emigrated to London at the age of 25, and took British citizenship at the age of 39, T.

WATCH: Marcus Mumford Sings New Bob Dylan Lyric

Seeing as Mumford and Sons are taking a break for the moment, this the only opportunity to hear Marcus Mumford’s voice wrapped around something new for a while, and it’s rather sweet.