It’s fitting that Hardwick’s Nerdist TV special – with guests Matt Smith and fellow Who enthusiast Craig Ferguson – will premiere after Doctor Who on BBC America this Saturday. His Who love certainly deserves its own TV platform, and it deserves its own post. We’ve compiled a few of his greatest Whovian moments:
1. Chris Hardwick Dons a Fourth Doctor Scarf on Craig Ferguson
If you’re on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and your fellow guest is Matt Smith, it’s like church, you must dress for the occasion. This time, Hardwick nodded to classic Who, wearing Tom Baker‘s epic stripey scarf (knitted by @TARDISTara) and a T-shirt emblazoned with a Delorean crashing into a TARDIS. (By the way, do Hardwick and Ferguson have great nerd chemistry or what? You’ll see more of that on Saturday’s Nerdist special.)
Chris Hardwick will be on BBC America on Saturday night, September 24th, at 10/9c with the Nerdist TV special. The guests will be Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith and The Late Late Show‘s Craig Ferguson.
Over on Anglophenia, they have pics of Chris dressed as Ten with Five and Tegan (see above), THAT Comic-Con podcast, and the video exchange with Karen and the Babes. Right this way…
And! And! Chris is ours (okay, okay, he’s yours, but also ours, let’s be sharing friends) tomorrow and Friday as he curates This. Tumblr.
If he thought the Thousand Person Orchestra of Whovians singing with him to Karen and the Babes was something, well, he’s about to meet all of YOOOUUUUUUUU.
I hope one day I can thank this man for everything that he (and his podcast) has introduced me to. My love for Doctor Who, Doug Benson, Scott Sigler, Wil Wheaton, Tom Lennon and me finding my love for comedy again among many many many other things/people are completely his fault!
Just in case Chris is too humble to reblog thank yous written to him when he curates the Doctor Who Tumblr Friday and Saturday (#fangirlsquee!) we thought we’d leave this here for him to see.
[Insert well formed sentences about the premiere of The Nerdist on BBC America. Insert sentence about how awesome the podcast is. Follow with another sentence about Nerdist host Chris Hardwick being one of two celebrity Whovians (Craig Ferguson!) who’s shows we follow religiously. Insert ‘Praise Him’ gif.]
[Reminder about how awesome Chris’ interview with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan was at San Diego Comic-Con.]
[Insert link to the Nerdist FAQ on Anglophenia in case someone wants to learn more about the show. Follow that with a message about how Chris Hardwick will guest curate the Doctor Who Tumblr this Friday and Saturday, reblogging his favorite posts and sharing some of his own.]
OMG CHRIS HARDWICK IS GOING TO BLOG WITH US!!!! ASLDVJASLDVCAJSDCLASD!!!!
[Insert reminder to breathe.]
We’ve had a lot of nerdy things going on here at Anglophenia lately. Well, that’s because Chris Hardwick‘s The Nerdist special is coming to BBC America on Saturday, September 24th at 10/9c. Doctor Who star Matt Smith is a guest. And in celebration of that and all things Who-related, we thought we’d go by the way of Trock Rock a.k.a. “Time Lord Rock.” For those who aren’t in the know, the Doctor Who Tumblr has a nice explanation of what it is — “music based on, and written about, the TV series Doctor Who.”
But it is Nerdist Week after all, so why not, right? So here’s our little tribute… are you ready to trock?
Click through for The Nerdist’s Top 5 Anglophenia Blog
THE NERDIST comes to TV, *** premiering Saturday Sept 24 at 10/9c *** only on BBC America, part of the Ministry of Laughs.
Join host Chris Hardwick & his trusty sidekicks (Jonah Ray and Matt Mira) plus Very Special Guest Eleventh Doctor MATT SMITH, as the Internet’s Top Ranked Podcast comes to BBC America in an exclusive special.
Immediately following the premiere of an all new episode of Doctor Who: Closing Time at 9/8c.
Recorded live in front of 800 Nerds at San Diego Comic-con on 7/23, this awesometastic mashup of television space travelers yields some of our best podcast moments. Talk of leeches, Steven Moffat Muppets, Karen’s love of Lt. Commander Data and how The Doctor and Wesley Crusher pilot their respective ships–namely the TARDIS and the Enterprise (1701-D, of course). THIS. EPISODE. RULES.
SIDENOTE: Thanks to BBC America who sponsored the event by allowing the attendees to “enjoy their burritos” which Matt and Karen helped hand out in TARDIS sleeves. Genius!
SIDESIDENOTE: There are some spoilers if you haven’t seen this season of Doctor Who yet!
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan at Comic Con!
Posting the rest of our pics to facebook.com/bbcamerica later today. Go ‘like’ that page if you’re into teh bookfacing.
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!)