The Hollywood Reporter: How did the BBC America deal come about?
Chris Hardwick: I think this all came about because for the last 14 months, I have not shut up aboutDoctor Who. [Laughs] I actually hired a specific Doctor Who blogger for Nerdist.com. It turned out that Devin Johnson, who works for BBC, I had sort of casually thrown out last May, “Hey, I sure would love to get the new Doctor, Matt Smith, on my podcast,” and he wrote back pretty quickly and said, “I will do my best to make that happen.” And he actually made it happen. Then Craig Ferguson – who is a fellow Doctor Who-phile – asked me if I wanted to come on the episode that he had Matt Smith on of his show and it was one Who-related thing after another. They said, “What do you want to do?” I said, “Well, I have this podcast, it’d be fun to make a TV show out of it.” They said, “We have this Ministry of Laughs thing, what if we mashed them all together?” I said, “I like the way you think, BBC America!” It is probably the best thing that’s come out of rampant fanaticism, for being a superfan.