Doctor Who is back, and our fearless leader Chris Hardwick was also back with an exciting new after show After Who! If you missed it last night, Hardwick had celebrity guests and panels on to discuss the show viewers just got to see, and get their opinions on the happenings in the Whoniverse. We were on set for the taping, and while we won’t spoil any episode plot points for here, if you’re living up a mountain with no access to any sort of streaming service or cable, we have a review you can check out to catch yourself up.
The panel of guests was so impressive that there was barely a need for the crew to encourage the audience to cheer. Hardwick’s guests included Doctor Who writer (and Sherlock’s big brother Mycroft) Mark Gatiss, Sontaran Strax’s alter ego Dan Starkey, The Middlemen‘s Natalie Morales, and our pals Wil Wheaton and Alton Brown.
Our favorite moments of After Who’s first waltz with post-Matt Smith’s Doctor included Gatiss’s coy refusal to succumb to audience begging for a Wholock special (that’s a Doctor Who/Sherlock mash-up in case you didn’t know); Starkey-channeling-Strax’s perfect Sunday which includes protein-rich kittens and a lot of grenades; Brown’s recipe for poached Dalek; Wheaton’s call for Neil Gaiman to write a Dalek episode; and Hardwick’s “BBCMURICA!” mid-show. But by far, this writer has to agree with Natalie Morales’s assessment of Peter Capaldi as Twelve: It’s the eyebrows. They’re very, very impressive.
After Who was shot in New York City on Saturday night. In addition to the panel and banter, viewers were treated to a behind the scenes interview with Jenna Coleman, some of the best Doctor Who cosplay around, and some of the best commentary from the internet thanks to BBC America’s crack team of social media pros who were all outfitted in Team Adipose jerseys. (Tell us where to buy one of those, BBC America!)