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10 Actors Who Found Life After Doctor Who

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Doctor Who is one of those shows where it seems like everyone and their mothers have been featured in some capacity or another, and yet when you look back on the credits you’re shocked to find some of your favorite stars.

Loads of actors have taken roles on the hit BBC series, and though their time may have been fleeting, they went on to make names for themselves. With Karen Gillan hitting up Comedy Bang! Bang! this week, we had some time to reflect on all those who have come and gone on Doctor Who, and there are some you’ll be shocked to see.

10. Karen Gillan

Gillan, as we mentioned, portrayed Pond. In playing her, the actress became the first female since Billie Piper to appear regularly in two consecutive seasons, as well as the first since Sophie Aldred to appear with the same Doctor for more than a season. Since then, Gillan has gone on to land a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Nebula, the bald, blue-skinned assassin daughter of Thanos and the sadistic adopted sibling of Zoe Saldana’s Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. She’ll return for Guardians 2, and we hope she’s mad enough to chop off another appendage for no reason.


9. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw portrayed Tish Jones, a PR executive caught up in Harold Saxon’s schemes to trap the Doctor. The 31-year-old actress has been steadily on the rise, and she made some waves on the silver screen with roles in Belle and Beyond the Lights. The former saw her as the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a British admiral who helps to abolish slavery in England, while the latter saw her as a singer struggling with her overbearing mother and her success. (You may have also seen her return to sci-fi in Jupiter Ascending if you were one of the five people who actually watched that movie.) She can be seen next in the Will Smith football drama Concussion and the live-action Beauty and the Beast.


8. Andrew Garfield

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Andrew Garfield is one of those names in the Who roster that causes your jaw to drop. Yes, the actor had a role in Doctor Who as Frank in the stories “Daleks in Manhattan” and “Evolution of the Daleks.” The actor’s most recognized achievement to date is succeeding Tobey Maguire as everyone’s friendly neighborhood web-slinger in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Though he was slated to appear in a third outing, Sony struck a deal with the Disney-owned Marvel Studios in order to revamp the franchise once again and crossover with characters from the Avengers films. Unfortunately, Garfield won’t be around for that. Still, we think he’ll be just fine.


7. Thomas Brodie-Sangster

If you’re like us, you probably still think of Thomas Brodie-Sangster as the little kid from Love Actually. Hard to believe he’s now a successful fully grown actor. After popping up in the Doctor Who stories as Tim Latimer, he starred as Jojen Reed for a good run on HBO’s Game of Thrones, lent his voice to the Phineas & Ferb cartoon on Disney Channel, and now shares the spotlight as a lead in The Maze Runner franchise.


6. Joe Dempsie

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Skins star Joe Dempsie was on Doctor Who for a hot minute as Cline in the story titled “The Doctor’s Daughter,” but he’s most known nowadays by another name: Gendry. The actor has been playing the bastard of King Robert Baratheon on Game of Thrones for a few seasons now, though the last time we saw him he was sailing out of the picture to the Lord of Light knows where. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing him again soon, at least for the sake of his career.


5. Felicity Jones

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Jones may not have won the Oscar, but starring in her own standalone Star Wars movie is the next best thing or better, depending on who you ask. The Theory of Everything star received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress this past year, though she lost to Julianne Moore while her co-star Eddie Redmayne won for Best Actor. She’ll soon be working on Star Wars: Rogue One, the first of the new anthology films in the Star Wars universe, and she has a lead role! With all this success, it’s easy to forget that she had a small role on Doctor Who as Robina Redmond.


4. Colin Morgan

Morgan’s star has steadily been on the rise since he made his TV debut as Jethro Cane on Doctor Who. He starred as Merlin on the BBC series of the same for five seasons before cancellation, a pretty solid number if you ask us. Morgan followed that up with a brief stint on another hit BBC series, The Fall, and can be seen in the upcoming AMC/Channel 4 series Humans. He’s also hitting the big screen in Legend, in which Tom Hardy plays the dual role of twin mobster brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray.


3. Arthur Darvill

Darvill burst onto the scene as the companion Rory on Doctor Who and as Rev. Paul Coates on Broadchurch. He’ll soon join the growing ranks of British actors who play American superheroes when he takes on the role of time traveler Rip Hunter on The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow.


2.Billie Piper

Piper rose to fame thanks to her role as the Doctor’s companion Rose Tyler. She went on to star in Diary of a Call Girl and the current Showtime hit Penny Dreadful.


1. Freema Agyeman

Best known to Whovians as Martha Jones, Freema has found success in America with roles in The Carrie Diaries and Sense8.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.