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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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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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