Posts by Fraser McAlpine

The Secret of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Success: “I Meditate a Lot”

There’s a rather good interview with Benedict Cumberbatch in the Wall Street Journal, which brings us up to date on his recent projects—playing Richard III in the sequel to The Hollow Crown, and researching Doctor Strange by …

Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: And We’re Off Again!

Happy Who Year!

We’ve had a couple of weeks to get used to the idea that Santa and the Doctor are both occasionally figments of our dreaming minds (providing there’s a crustacean making a milkshake of our frontal lobes) and commence pining …

Stephen Fry is Getting Hitched

When it comes to revealing a celebrity wedding in the newspapers, the gold standard is still Benedict Cumberbatch and his classy, understated announcement in the Times. That’s a couple blessed with the chance to take control of …

WATCH: Brad Pitt Teaches David Oyelowo’s Name in Song

Whatever you may think about Brad Pitt as an actor, or celebrity, you can’t deny his name is easy to get right. It’s just two syllables, with some soft consonants and a long vowel in the first half and a short, sharp …

It’s Time for the ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Movie Annual Report

It pains me to have to write this, but it has been precisely a year and one day since last we troubled the internet with news of an Absolutely Fabulous movie. At the time, we were all cock-a-hoop with the idea that there would …

‘Doctor Who’ Recap: “Last Christmas”

As the Band Aid song nearly said: “It’s Christmas time, and there’s a need to be afraid…”

10 Hybrid Images of Festive London

Merry Christmas from everyone at Anglophenia! Here, to set your festive morning off with a blast from the past, are 10 images created by the photographer Peter Macdiarmid, after scouring London for the locations of various Christmassy …

‘Doctor Who’ Cosplay: How to Dress Like the Twelfth Doctor

It’s taken a while to process who the Twelfth Doctor believes himself to be, after his predecessor spent such a long time being an old man in a young man’s body. Twelve has the air of a man who has realized that no one will …

WATCH: Robotic Orchestra Plays ‘Doctor Who’ Theme

The Doctor Who theme, as written by Ron Grainer and orchestrated by Delia Derbyshire, is a bulletproof musical moment. No cover version on any instrument can damage its haunting beauty, and that includes instruments played by musicians …

'Doctor Who's Day Roundup: "Last Christmas"

In a little over 48 hours, we’ll get to see the tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special, as “Last Christmas” — starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Nick Frost, and written by Steven Moffat — airs on BBC …