Matt Smith for Esquire UK Magazine

Posted on August 27, 2012

In case this morning’s post just wasn’t enough for the fangurls.


‘Doctor Who’ Matt Smith is featured in the September 2012 issue of Esquire UK magazine photographed by Tom van Schelven and styled by Gareth Scourfield.

Red/green checked wool jacket and trousers by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Blue cotton shirt and green silk knitted tie by Polo Ralph Lauren. Black leather monk shoe by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Grey mélange wool suit, white cotton shirt, and navy blue wool tank top by Calvin Klein Collection. Blue paisley silk tie by Thomas Pink.

Brown/black camel hair suit with contrasting sleeves, white/blue cotton striped shirt, burgundy silk patterned tie, burgundy leather brogue monk shoes by Louis Vuitton.

Brown checked wool three-piece suit, pale brown checked cotton shirt, and brown/bronze silk tie by Boss Selection. Red striped socks by Hackett. Brown suede shoes by Grenson.

Grey wool checked suit, green/burgundy checked cotton shirt, and burgundy silk checked tie by John Varvatos. Blue silk patterned pocket square by Thomas Pink.

Brown/green striped patterned wool suit and multi-colored paisley silk tie by Etro. Pale blue cotton shirt and silk pocket square by Thomas Pink. Black umbrella with duck head handle by Burberry Prorsum.

Blue wool puppytooth double-breasted suit by Corneliani. Blue striped cotton shirt with contrast collar and blue paisley silk tie by Thomas Pink. Red socks by Hackett. Black leather shoes by Mr Hare.


It’s long past time he started doing high-end editorials on a regular basis. He’s unusual-looking, charismatic, wears clothes well, can pose, and has fabulous hair. What else does a stylist need? More of this, please.


[Photo Credit: Tom van Schelven for]

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  • krelnick

    Yet more of the eyebrowless wonder and still no Cumberbatch…

  • twocee

    He looks freakishly like a young Lyle Lovett.  Also, he rocks a patterned suit.

    • Ginger

      You beat me to it (re: Lyle Lovett)!

      • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

        That is exactly what I was thinking. Must be the hair and nose combo.

    • MoHub

       But I think he stole the suit from Alan Cumming.

    • Rina

      For some reason, I see him as a young Wallace from Wallace and Gromit!

      • TieDye64

        LOVE Wallace and Gromit!

    • LambeeBaby

       I thought the same thing! But there is a bit of Crispin Glover mixed in.

  • lovelyivy

    I swoon for this editorial, he does a fantastic job of bringing the clothes alive and bringing his personality to play. SO MUCH BETTER than yet another desert, abandoned diner or what have you.

  • Kimmu

    He’s serving some Lyle Lovett realness in the picture by the pond. Love the plaid suit.

  • BelladonnaRising

    Does this scream 80s to anyone else? Flock of Seagulls hair! I’m totally loving this whole spread; especially the last photo. And that plaid Ralph Lauren suit is so charming on him. 

    • schadenfreudelicious

      “and i raaaaannnn” :)

    • Lenora Dody

       Flock of Seagulls hair is much pointier!

  • PinkLemon


  • Imasewsure

    He’s so fun to look at and doesn’t give the same damn face every time… a little pale for my taste but that suits him (as do these beautiful skinny boy clothes)…

  • mellorcr

    WAY     TOO     MUCH     MAKEUP    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • C Deal

    That pompadour is fierce and he is rocking it!

  • Judy_J

    Great hair.  Love the red plaid suit.

  • krelnick

    More of the eyebrowless wonder and still no Cumberbatch…

    • schadenfreudelicious

      agreed, while he wears the clothes well, his looks dont appeal to me (please dont hate me Doctorgals)…would love to see me some Benedict (and some more Idris :) if we are fawning over BBC boys…

      • PastryGoddess

         IDRIIIIIS! nom nom nom

        • schadenfreudelicious

          i need season three of Luther in a bad, bad way….

      • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

        No hate! I recently discovered Sherlock and absolutely love it, plus Cumberbatch has a divine Rickman-esque voice. 

        • schadenfreudelicious

          i could listen to Alan Rickman read me the phonebook..swoon….

          • MajorBedhead

             You have to go to YouTube and find Alan Rickman Makes Epic Tea. Sadly, no talking, but it’s a solid 4 minutes of Rickman in slow motion. Yummmmmmmy.

          • MoHub

             And only RIckman could get away with it. I’ve watched it multiple times.

        • Maria Rosenfire

           FYI: He reads audiobooks. It’s glorious.

          • insertcleverbit

             My mind is blown, and I’m currently scouring Amazon for audio books read by Alan Rickman.

      • jilly_d

        I’m with you on the appeal factor.  And also with you on the “More Idris PLZ”.  Needs ta get me some Stringer Bell.

      • DesertDweller79

         Matt Smith is good in Doctor Who, and makes an interesting model.

        But I would never say no to Cumberbatch or Idris.  In fact, I would say yes please.

    • Lenora Dody

       Sorry, new season premiers this weekend so we are wallowing in Dr. Who!!!

    • DeborahJozayt

      Did you get to see his Frankenstein theatre debut? They were showing it at the movie theaters here in the U.S. a few months ago, but it should be on DVD soon. It’s two plays, one where he is the monster, and one where he is Frankenstein. The acting and stage design is wonderful!

      • julnyes

        Saw both versions here in New York. Jonny Lee Miller was quite good, but Cumberbatch’s Creature and Victor were far superior in my opinion. It is a bit funny that Miller is now starring in a American Sherlock Holmes series. It’s like an extension of their trading roles in Frankenstein.

      • krelnick

        Saw both versions!  Fantastic.  Although I thought Cumberbatch was better in both roles.  I’ve heard that it will NEVER be on DVD, though.  Something about artistic integrity or some such nonsense.

        But seriously; TLo needs to feature BC here.  For realz.

    • juliamargaret

      Cum-ber-BATCH! Cum-ber-BATCH! Cum-ber-BATCH!

  • formerlyAnon

    Photos #2, 6 & 7 FTW!

    Not that he looks bad in the others, but he can pull off the slightly unusual patterns as many cannot.

    Thank-you fellas. You are extending my feeling of benevolence-toward-the-populace with this. It may last till I get to my car.

    (And props to stylist Gareth Scourfield)

  • Kiltdntiltd

    It has been a long time since a guy-torial has made me lust after the clothes pictured in it.  I am now seriously in Want Mode,….Everyone out of my way.

    • formerlyAnon

       Charge cards at the ready!

      • Kiltdntiltd


    • mjude

      i will carry your bags for you!

      • Kiltdntiltd

         That is the mark of a true friend!!!

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Totally agreed.  Love the clothes!

      • Kiltdntiltd

         The grey wool check suit with the Varvatos tie and shirt is making me weak kneed with unbridled sartorial desire.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          Grey wool suit from Calvin Klein is to die for.  And I would look good in it, too.

          • Kiltdntiltd

             True facts!  Since I’m a kilty kinda guy, I’m focusing on the upper half of things mostly.  That said, I’m in for the Ralph Lauren plaid, the Calvin Klein melange tweed, and the Etro striped to go along with the Varvatos checked gray wool.

          • Gayer Than Thou

            I am not a fan, however, of “contrasting sleeves.”  But the rest of it is fabu.

          • Kiltdntiltd

             Neither am I, really.  You must have noted that that jacket was not on my list.

          • Gayer Than Thou

            I did. It’s the one misstep in this whole editorial.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I’ll hold him down while you get the suit.  Then I get Matt Smith.  Deal?

          • Kiltdntiltd

             In fact, you may have him with no contest, since I am quite sure we’re not the same size, so it would be pointless for me to tear his clothes off. I admire him as the good Doctor, but he doesn’t send me, (in that way).

  • wisenhar

    The pic with the red plaid suit is the first time I’ve understood people’s attaction to him.

  • PastryGoddess

    WHY?!  WHY can’t guy-torials ALL be like this.  Matt and Esquire have thrown down the gauntlet, let’s see if any boy-star is man enough to pick it up

  • Anathema_Device

    Love the plaid and the striped suits on him so much. He does photograph well, doesn’t he? The jumping/striding shot is a little goofy, but that’s okay.

  • librarygrrl64

    He has never given me The Feelings, but I do agree that he makes a great model and wears clothes well.

  • j_anson

    They certainly caught him in a lot of interesting expressions that I don’t think of as characteristic for him. I like the one where he looks like a priest. His face looks different when they brush the hair back out of it – older, I think. I could do without the “garden + giant blocks of color + bizarre exposure levels” concept. It has too many elements without actually being interesting. But as a model, he’s working it.

    • understateddiva

      hit it on the nose – too many elements.  The overexposure ruins a lot of the shots for me, though I do admit that most of them are interesting.

      • fursa_saida

        I agree about the exposure. I feel that way about most of the shots, actually.

  • CaseyinNY

    I just want to play with his hair…

    • WendyD

      Back of the line! 😉  When I met him in March, it was all I could do not to touch it!

  • David Calder

    That dashing motherfucker. I love the plaid pants off of him.

  • Rand Ortega

    What TLo said.
    Oh, & this:

  • marlie

    At first I was going to say that the reg/green checked Ralph Lauren was my favorite, but then I saw the brown/green striped Etro, and then the blue Cornelian, and I couldn’t decide! So I guess they’re *all* my favorites! He looks great. :)

  • RoxieRider

    You know, even women’s editorials often don’t change the hairstyle for every picture. That man has some versatile hair, and bravo to Esquire for actually using it.

  • call_me_schmeg

    as only the most mature critic would say: yummy yummy screw.

  • frannyprof

    Not my type, but he looks great.

  • sockandaphone

    unusual-looking, thats pretty good. Like I dont find him attractive but he has such interesting face features. Also this editorial is awesome.

  • AngelaGreen

    Holy shit, I love The Doctor.

  • crash1212


  • alyce1213

    Matt’s hair is a force of nature.  These are so graphically interesting and he’s a really good model.  I especially love the one seated on the grass having a little snack, sweet, charming.

  • ccm800

    Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaaks’ first born son. 

  • MilaXX

    I concur, more Matt please. 

  • l_c_ann

    (Blushing) I ask if anyone knows which garden this was shot in? 

     He looks great, and definitely as if he fits into the rather nebulous Doctor mode.

  • julnyes

    Anyone know what kind of dog (or hellbeast) that is?

    Matt and his hair look great.

    • l_c_ann

      My first thought was the dog was mostly Mastiff.  I don’t think they have Feists in Great Britain.

  • Esz

    Very cool editorial and he does the model thing very well – but he doesn’t float my boat really – not that hot – too much jaw….somehow.

    How shallow of me

    • formerlyAnon

      I suspect it is less shallow to not be enticed by someone one’s never met, than it is to be enticed by someone one’s never met. Or at least, it’s more grounded which is kind of the opposite of shallow. Um, right?

  • afabulous50

    That is one freaky looking dude.

  • cmb92191

    He sure is rocking the 80’s Chris Isaak hair.  One shot reminded me of early Morissey

  • mhleta

    First I’ve heard of him. Looks like the bastard child of Lyle Lovett and John Malkovich. He sure makes for a great focal point in these amazing photos. Love the use of the geometric shapes and the saturated colors. 

  • Dhammadina

    Not once did you use ‘adorable’ in comments this time round but still true, still freakin’ adorable.

  • skadi1

    There can never be enough Matt Smith. He really does make a fabulous model. 

  • GraduallyGreener

    Hee hee.  A couple of those suits really remind me of Tenth Doctor’s outfits!

  • boweryboy

    He has a bod built for clothes, yet his sex appeal continues to allude me.

  • Joyce VG

    That was was a a freakishly large dog in the first shot.   Matt looks fabulous!

  • MajorBedhead

    He’s working the hell out of those clothes. I love the last shot and the one with the cuppa tea especially. He doesn’t float my boat the way Ten does (mmmm, David Tennant needs to do something like this) or Benedict Cumberbatch does, but this is the sexiest I’ve ever seen him look and that’s not a bad thing. 

  • SewingSiren

    I didn’t think it could get any better than the red plaid suit with a green necktie , but  I do believe the striped one with the gold tie has got it beat. 
    All very sharp and wearable.

  • SatelliteAlice

    I heart you doctor.
    He is adorable and I love the picture of him with the tea. 

  • quiltrx

    He definitely joins the pantheon of my Great-Man-Hair Hall of Fame.

    And he makes a great model…you get a slightly different guy in each pic, instead of some empty-eyed mannequin.

  • Lexie

    He normally isn’t my cup of tea, but I absolutely LOVE this.

  • Lisa

    I’m not even a Dr. Who fan, and I just LOVE whenever he shows up on these pages.  He looks magnificent!

  • Andrea Lane

    In love.

  • NCDFan


  • Austen Jane

    The 80s hair looks more like The Cars than Flock of Seagulls. 

  • miagain

    I love the last picture!!

  • afabulous50

    He completely creeps me out.

  • jimmack

    He looks great. This is how it is done people. One bit of advice: CHIN UP please.

  • snarkykitten

    what’s with the awful washed out lighting?

  • Pamela

    I haven’t wanted to run my hands through a man’s hair this much since Hugh Grant in “Four Weddings and a Funeral”.  That mane rocks!

  • TieDye64

    Such an interesting spread. Love it. I’m especially digging that last shot. He’s so damn photogenic, whether you think him hot or not.

  • lucasuk82

    Amazing!  Much as I love his hair, I think chopping into something really severe would be a great choice once his tenure as The Doctor is over.

  • gabbilevy

    Matt looks delicious, but in SPITE of the photographer. You know what this looks like to me? The images came back from the shoot with terrible light and color balance, and they were desperate to make them work in photoshop. Hire me, next time, Esquire! I’m sure I can bring out the … ahem.. best in him.

  • Snickleboom


  • Susan Crawford

    He looks . . . fabulous! One question? What is “puppytooth”?

  • Cole Robertson


  • Krysta

    OH SHIT. That is an attractive man, is what that is.  And I like how his hair isn’t in The Doctor’s hanging quiff in all the pictures.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Also: cheekbones.