The Today Show‘s Meredith Viera had a segment on that crazy, kooky hit British TV series known as Doctor Who this morning. It’s long, awkward and not entirely factual, but at least she doesn’t call him Doctor Who. I can’t decide if this video is more torturous for non-fans to watch an oblique, U.S. morning show look at a series they care nothing about, or for fans, who have to sit in agony as Viera manages to fail to capture the major essences of the series. You guys can tell me in the comments. Meanwhile, I’ll use this chance to remind you that Neil Gaiman’s Who episode airs this Saturday on your nearby BBC station. Thanks to Kaitie K. for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.