Pairs Division: Gillan and Smith

Posted on August 27, 2012

On behalf of America, we would like to apologize to Great Britain for making these two step out of a Delorean.

Karen Gillan (we think in Dolce&Gabbana) and Matt Smith attend BBC America Presents: U.S. Premiere Screening of ‘Doctor Who’ held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.

We can’t tell if that’s some sort of cheekily brilliant idea of combining the British iconography for time travel with the American one, or the idea of some PR flack who heard it was a show about time travel and just defaulted to Marty McFly.

Anyway, how adorable do these two look? We saw footage of them one time on one of those (many) Doctor Who specials, coming to New York for the first time to promote the show together and practically bouncing up and down with excitement. It was endearing as hell. Are the nerd boys and girls very psyched for the upcoming season? That wasn’t such a long wait, now was it?

Let’s do this:

SHE: Looks adorable, but we already said that, didn’t we? Well she does. Love the dress and love the little booties paired with it, which give the look just enough of a nerdy steampunk (one of the most overused words on the internet, but it applies) feel to make it perfect for the crowd and the event. Note that she wore no jewelry and kept her hair very casual. We’d ding her for that under different circumstances but frankly, if she wore that dress with silver strappy sandals, an up ‘do, and diamond earrings, she might technically look more put together but she wouldn’t be playing to the crowd. Amy Pond doesn’t do red carpet, bitches. Besides, it’s a low-key event. She’s just dressed up enough and she’s managing to embody the quintessential pretty nerd girl look. Score: 8.5/10. Style is knowing where your mark is and hitting it.

HE: Looks adorable too. We had to get that out of the way. His outfit is also perfectly appropriate for the event and the crowd, not to mention perfect for him. LOVE those boots and love the pants. But Matt, here’s some advice: DON’T SHOVE THINGS INTO YOUR PANTS POCKETS BEFORE GETTING YOUR PICTURE TAKEN. Hand them off to a publicist to hold for you. You’re wearing the perfect little hipster nerd outfit and all anyone can see is the massive tumor on your hip. Still, you make a nice complement to your co-star. Score: 8/10.

Combined Score: 8.25/10. It’s not always about effort; it’s about knowing the crowd you’re appealling to and the image you want to sell to them. On that front, they killed. And have we mentioned? They look adorable.


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  • I’m sitting on my sofa in my apartment, but I just took everything out of my pockets. Just in case.

  • Actually, I think the idea of the Delorean is kinda cheeky fabulous.  And they both look super cute and really fun.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I agree – I think that was a great idea!

      •  In fact, now I think on it, it would be a great beginning for a story for them to encounter Delorean at the start of his business, and determine that he had in FACT created a time machine car, that he was planning to sell.  They have to stop him, because all those people, uneducated in the vagaries of time travel, would create universal havoc.

        • fursa_saida

          Somebody over on Go Fug Yourself posted a drawing of the TARDIS hitting a Delorean and it was PERFECT.

  • SewingSiren

    Super cute, both of them. Her more than him. I would like to see him with a proper shirt under that vest. He seems to default to the t-shirt.

  • I love them both! They look GREAT!

  • piecesofconfetti

    I think she needs to fix the bangs/fringe situation. But I just adore these two. Where’s Rory, I mean Arthur?!

    • j_anson

      Yes, where is he? WHAT HAVE THEY DONE WITH HIM? 🙂

      • He’s currently filming a BBC show with David Tennant.

        • j_anson

          Oh, well… I guess… I can live with that. 🙂

        •  I’m sorry.  I think my head just exploded from all the squee.

        • fursa_saida


  • mjude

    fun! great way to start my day.

  • Kayceed

    Very cute. While that object in his pocket may be an eyeglasses case, at first glance I thought it was one end of a baguette, there to nosh on as required during the rigors of this event.

  • Oh, I soooooooo wanted to go to that screening, but the website crashed every time I tried to buy the tickets. I haz a sad.

    But yes, they both look darling. I could eat them up with a spoon.

  • formerlyAnon

    She is beyond adorable, he is just squeaking in, but good enough all around. I can’t score them because I’d score him lower than her, which wouldn’t be fair because of the differences in expectations for Hes and Shes.

  • Say what you want, but Smith is giving off some Marty McFly realness.  Looks oddly like Crispin Glover in a few of these shots. 

    • Sobaika

      He really does, now that you mention it! 

    • twocee

      Strange but true.  The hair maybe?

    • GorgeousThings

      Wow – I hadn’t thought of that, but now that you mention it, all I can see is George McFly!

  • call_me_schmeg

    i love them. love them, love them, love them! 

  • Judy_J

    Yes, Matt’s outfit would look so much better without the gadgets stuffed in his front pockets.  They’re both as cute as a button.

  • M_E_S

    The two of them are so freaking cute together.  I’ll miss the Doctor Who Confidential videos just for the footage of them (and my #1 crush Arthur Darvill) goofing off behind the scenes.

    • MilaXX

       I wish they sent Arthur over to more of the US press thingy’s. I adore Rory.

    • fursa_saida

      Have you heard him play music? It’s not fair. 

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I need those booties.  They are everything I have ever wanted in a shoe. 

  • Susan Crawford

    I love the booties with her cute dress – just perfectly . . . well, adorable.

    What’s really great about this to me is that they both look actually excited instead of contractually excited to be there publicizing their series. So . . . yes . . . adorable.

  • He’s cute and the outfit is good, I guess, on him, but the peace signs and the too-cool-for-schoolness of his posing on the red carpet just makes me think that he’s gotten one too many pieces of fan fiction and is starting to spill over into insufferable territory. I’d knife someone for his boots, though.

    • formerlyAnon

       Yeah, his footwear beats out hers by a country mile. I’d have love her in a black or black/with lace insets version of his boots.

  • twocee

    Overall I think they’re fine but those pants.  He needs to burn those things.

    Oh, to have cable TV.  My long wait for the new season to be released via Netflix/Amazon begins.

    • MilaXX

       If it makes you feel better BBC is fully aware that Doctor Who is heavily pirated. it’s one of the reasons why they moved the US air dates in line with the UK’s. No one was waiting anyway.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    They definitely look adorable and I’m definitely psyched for the new season!! Yay!

  • MarissaLG

    I don’t really know what to say here. I love these two as much as any Doctor Who fan, but they both look idiotic. Karen Gillan is GORGEOUS, EXQUISITE, FLAWLESS, ETC. and here she looks like a dumb high schooler who tried to make her own steampunk prom dress. He looks less awful, but I don’t love the pants with that vest, and I agree with everyone else saying that he has too much stuff in his pockets. 

    • fursa_saida

      I agree, I hate what Kazza’s wearing. It doesn’t suit her and it feels like too much for the event, to me. Matt looks exactly like the smug hipster he always does (I love him when he actually talks, but to look at him he seriously embodies smug hipster), so I can’t get too worked up about it. Used to it.

  • holzfaellen

    I love his boots (as well as the rest of the outfit)! Are they slightly red or is that just the lighting?

  • YoungSally

    I don’t know….but based on his body language in the first photo my initial thought was “douchebag”…..must always look at all photos.

  • acrozetian

    He’s doing his sloppy hipster thing, but the missing button on the vest takes it too far. 

  • ballerinawithagun

    They are adorable. Love her dress and booties. Like her hair down and casual but wish one side were pushed behind, hate the droopy look with all the hair pulled to the front and it looks like she has beautiful milky white shoulders that should be showing.

  • SapphoPoet


  • Lilithcat

    8/10 for him?  Really?  Setting aside his douche-y behavior in a couple of the photos, he looks like he woke up and put on the first thing he pulled out of the pile of clothes lying under the bed.  I can smell the t-shirt from here.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Beautiful! You’ve added some sunshine to this dreary, rainy day!

  • ASK26

    I generally like a full skirt more than most – and defend them while MK and the judges complain about them – but I do not like the proportions on her dress.   

    Him – I just don’t like his style.

  • j_anson

    Nrrrrrgh, I’m just going to have to come to terms with the fact that I loathe how Eleven dresses in real life. LOATHE. If he did it every once in a while, it would be fine, but given that it’s apparently a lifestyle, it just looks exhaustingly twee.

  • JaneDC

    I cannot stand the booties with dress thing. They make legs look stubby or chopped off. I’ll be glad when this trend stops trending.

  • Anathema_Device

    Gah! The cuteness is killing me. Love these two. They look great here, and their chemistry is palpable.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    She looks cute, but i am not loving the full bell shape of that skirt, maybe take out a crinoline or two??

  • Knightley

    The Delorean wouldn’t work if Matt didn’t look like a modern version of Crispin Glover, but well played everyone!  Well played.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Who knew Doctor Who would look so hipster rockstar. 

  • theblondette

    I hate his waistcoat. HATE!

  • Cautiously Pessimistic

    The Delorean is cheeky fabulous, boys.  In my corner of nerd-dom, there’s a long-standing debate about which time machine is cooler, and really, the Doctor would totally arrive in a Delorean now and then if he could.  Deloreans are cool.  😉

  • PinkLemon

    Her bangs look terrible

  • janetjb

    Phone, wallet and eyeglasses case?  

  • Sorry, but her hair pains me. It’s doing her no favors.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Love them both!  Hooray for Who!

    Glad you fellas enjoyed The Hunger Games btw – do we get to talk about it today, do we? do we?  

    *makes big bitter kitten sad & pleading eyes at fabulous bloggers*

  • sockandaphone

    IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS SATURDAAAY AAHHH. okay, now that outta the way, theyre so adorable together its sickening.

  • snarkykitten

    I guess I really don’t get the Who cult because she looks like a wannabe Lolita cake topper and he looks like he smells

    • julnyes

      I think a big part of it requires you to have seen the show and to also have watched these two in interviews (together and separately) they have fantastic chemistry with each other (and Arthur Darvill – where the heck is he?) and in interviews they come off as genuine and goofy. So they tend to get graded less severely because they’re pretty likeable.

  • Love this show, Love them, and this just made my day! 

  • homofascist

    My friends boyfriend is the one who owns one of the Deloreans and drove Matt Smith to the event. He has a picture on Facebook from inside the car of them sitting together, and he is wearing a t-shirt of a Delorean next to the Tardis. Super cool.

  • PastryGoddess

    I was not looking at the tumor on Matt’s hip in that first picture, if you know what I mean

  • MilaXX

    Love them & cannot wait for September 1st. I have watched every DW special at least a billion times

  • Oh please, she looks really cute. He looks like some guy bumming up 34th street and had a drunken friend take of him with some babe from England.

  • He’s more fun if I imagine he’s a butch woman.

  • julnyes

    I tried I get tickets to this via the email lottery. These pics make me sad that I wasn’t there 🙁

    • MilaXX

       Of course I had plans with the parental units that evening and could even try for the tixs. To make matters worse we were in NYC. I was one sad PUF.

      • julnyes

         I share your sadness. I am excited for the new season however!

    •  I tried for tickets too but no luck. Maybe we should have just gone anyway and stood on the street to swoon. I can’t get enough of Amy Pond + the Doctor.  (Where is Rory?)

  • Love them so very very much! That is all. 🙂

  • The sheer fabulosity of this is making me swear randomly. Let’s call it Pond-induced Tourettes. The 6th picture down, where he’s messing with his hair. I swooned. 


  • CQAussie

    Stop that with your fingers, young man.  How rude.  

  • G

    I think he has a tumor on both hips actually.

  • harlowish

    I think this is another good example of what y’all always point out, that the woman tends to get more dressed up than the man.  Looking at them I would never guess they were going to the same event.

    This nerd girl, for one, is looking forward to the new season with trepidation.  Last season had some good individual episodes, but the overall arc was a total mess and a complete disappointment.  I’m hoping this season can clean some of that up, although I hate that that stuff is canon now.  But I guess they can always just reboot the universe (again) so that it will have never happened….

    • MarissaLG

      That’s the fun (and often annoying) thing about DW- nothing is ever REALLY cannon. 

  • He is super cute. And I have never thought that about him.

  •  The adorablest!

  • ccm800

    OMG they DO look adorbs. He does indeed look like EVERY gay guy I knew growing up

  • unbornfawn

    I agree, they do look adorable!

  • Lisa

    TOTALLY adorable, both of them!  And they seem like completely good sports about the DeLorean!

    Full disclosure – back when “LOST” was still on, there was this nerdy tee shirt site that made a new tee shirt every week as fast as the episodes would air.  The only one I actually bought – because I couldn’t resist – was after the episode “The Constant” in S4.  The front of the shirt was a cartoon sketch of Daniel and Desmond stepping out of a DeLorean onto the island.  

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i wish deloreans hadnt been so thoroughly equated w/ back to the future.
    i almost bought one once. a delorean. not when they were new, for heavens sake, i’m not even sure i could drive then. but maybe ten, fifteen years later when they were going really cheap.

  • Jessica Stone

    Heart throb.

  • Her side parted fringe and the dress as a whole makes me haz a sad.