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Published on April 7th, 2011 | by Patrick Riley

Late Late Karen

There’s been so much Doctor Who goodness on American talk comedy hour The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson ever since that fateful day in June when a casual conversation with Nerdist Podcaster Chris Hardwick turned into rants of praise about a certain awesome show.

Since that moment, The Late Late Show has featured a Doctor Who night with(out) an infamous viral cold open, excellent conversations with both Matt Smith and Alex Kingston, a miniature TARDIS sitting on Craig’s desk every single night, and even a trip to the recent 2011 Gallifrey One convention which we’ll get to in a minute.

So what’s next for this comedic Scotsman’s late night Who-fests?  According to Gallifrey News Base, her name is Karen Gillan!

Coinciding with the Doctor Who cast’s 2011 promotional tour in America, Karen will appear in-studio on the Late Late Show on April 13th, for an episode to be broadcast on a later date.  This suggests that, like last year, the cast’s US trip, whose announced events are currently only in New York, will eventually end up on the continent’s west coast (The Late Late Show is recorded in Los Angeles).

If you want to see her live and in person (if you don’t, you must be crazy), and you happen to be able to be at the CBS Television City in Hollywood by about 4 PM Pacific Time (the recording starts at 4:30) on the aforementioned date you can request non-guaranteed free tickets at, where there’s also more information about CBS studio audience dress codes, policies, etc.

Since The Late Late Show is surfacing in the Who news universe yet again, we figured this would be the perfect time to show you this superb clip from the end of February when Chris Hardwick brought the show’s non-Whovian intern Bridger to Gallifrey 2011.  As always be aware that this clip, originally broadcast on a late night program, may not be suitable for children:

Folks, there’s a new Doctor Who fan among us… a Weeping Angel has gained her wings!


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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.

6 Responses to Late Late Karen

  1. avatar penfolduk01 says:

    Thought the title meant it was Amy Pond who gets it in the opening episode… :-)

    • If that was the case I would have said Late Late Pond ;)

      • avatar penfolduk01 says:

        As in the Late Pond, Amy Pond?

        Sorry, ever since The Doctor reconstructed the universe from the small piece of fairy cake he found inside the Pandorica, I’ve been dying to get a Douglas Adams reference in. :-)

        • Well in that case we should call her Pondamypond!

  2. avatar 23skidoo says:

    There’s been some confusion over when this is going to be broadcast. The usual practice – and the one followed when Matt Smith and Alex Kingston appeared on the show – is that the interviews air the night they’re taped. But I guess Ferguson does things differently, and apparently Gillan’s appearance isn’t scheduled for broadcast until April 22:

    Which puts it closer to the premiere date in the US, but it’s annoying for those of us who were looking forward to seeing her (and inevitably a preview clip from the new season) tonight…

    • Nice catch, 23skidoo! And I agree; I usually watch Ferguson once or twice a week and his monologues usually seem to be in touch with the daily news, so the taping-ahead-of-time thing is indeed odd. Probably has something to do with the fact that Karen won’t be in the US for Doctor Who’s premiere broadcast and the BBC (understandably) wouldn’t want the interview aired early and then have potential new viewers forget about the show two weeks later…

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