Friday, December 03, 2010

Craig Ferguson's Musical Doctor Who Primer

In an astonishing but apparently genuine display of incompetence*, CBS (or, more specifically, the producers of The Late Late Show) recently failed to get clearance to use an uptempo recording of the Doctor Who theme in time for host Craig Ferguson to use it in his opening sketch, a silly dance number introducing viewers to the venerable British series. Ferguson and co. performed the piece in rehearsal only to have the music pulled just before air time, leaving the "cold open" a shambles, to the host's obvious displeasure. (His interview with Who star Matt Smith that night wasn't that great, either, but that's neither here nor there.)

It's taken a while, but the canceled sketch has made its way to YouTube. Here it is:

John's comment was, "'Intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.' That needs to be on a T-shirt."

Works for me!

Hat tip to Julie Barrett for the link.


*It's very possible that the fault lies with whoever holds the rights to that particular recording, not the producers, CBS or BBC Worldwide. Just sayin'. 

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