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



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



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



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



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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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

Tina Weymouth Keyboard
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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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