We’ll be posting more pics from last night’s taping with The Nerdist Live night in a bit.
We’d figure we’d start off with the end — Matt and Karen handed out TARDIS burritos at the end of the show.
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.
BONUS EPISODE for the Whovians! This is the 40-minute Q&A following sneak preview screening of the first two episodes of Doctor Who series 6 to a packed movie theater of Who fans in NY on April 11, 2011. The panel consisted of Steven Moffat (head brainiac), Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Alex Kingston (River Song), Toby Haynes (director), Piers Wenger (EP), Beth Willis (EP).
Special thanks to the BBC for making this happen! (You in particular, Devin Johnson) The new series of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, April 23rd at 9/8C on BBC America!
Words not sufficient for brain to express joy-splosion! Words weird come out brain now. Suffice it to say that this li’l Who fan’s dreams have become infinitely more fulfilled now.
Then listen to “Whoptopia” the special “Who & A” chat with Steven Moffat and the cast of Doctor Who this Friday on the Nerdist Podcast! There are NO SPOILERS! Just fan generated Qs & As!!!
Good prep for the series 6 premiere of Doctor Who, Saturday April 23rd at 9/8C on BBC America.
And just to let the 1000 Person Orchestra from Boston know, the cast was quite pleased with your performance! I watched it with them (which I only felt QUITE weird about). Well done, young Whovians!!!
Also, here’s the 8-bit Doctor Who theme!
(PS – we just launched our YouTube channel, youtube.com/nerdist!)