Matt Smith in London

Posted on December 18, 2012

This just in: Doctor Who star Matt Smith continues to have great hair:


‘Dr. Who’ stars Matt Smith greets fans while arriving together to the BBC Radio 1 Studios in London.

He also continues to be a nerdily adorable hipster.

Love the outfit, Matt. Insanely jealous of the hair.

NERDSPEAK: So… Doctor Who Christmas Special, yes?

New companion, yes? Discuss. Will the Pond-o-philes be able to move on and accept the change? We will, of course, have thoughts after it airs.

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  • Jessica O’Connell

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! I’m going to miss the Ponds :-(. To ready myself for the episode, I think I’ll rewatch the Ponds farewell and bawl my eyes out tonight. Again.

  • I don’t even watch the show, but I have such a crush on that cute little bastard. <3 

  • M_E_S

    Please, never stop featuring Matt Smith on this blog.  That coat and scarf are a KILLER combination.  He’s one of the few people who can really pull off the hipster look without seeming like a douche.

    Whoever plays the Twelfth Doctor is going to need to have hair beyond belief to follow up on DT and Matt.

    Totally psyched for the Christmas special. I’ve heard good things about the new companion and I am SO EXCITED for more Strax, Vastra and Jenny!

    • I would have a total nerdgasm if Benedict Cumberbatch were to be the next Doctor. You would hear me squeeeeeeeing for days. DAYS. 

      • MilaXX

         will you be seeing the new Star Trek movie?

        • Nicholas

          He also voices Smaug.

          • MilaXX

             I don’t know Smaug. *off to google*

          • Dragon in “The Hobbit.” Biigggg dragon. 

          • DeborahJozayt

            He’s not in this new release of the hobbit, but should be in the one coming out next year. I was kinda bummed he wasn’t in this Hobbit.

          •  I do plan on seeing the new Star Trek, simply for him, although it does look good.

          • Nicholas

            Really? They really made it sound like he’d be in the first movie. :/

            That was the only reason I considered watching it. Boo.

            Clarification: The prospect of seeing Smaug, not hearing Cumberbatch. 🙂

          • snarkykitten

             Smaug’s tail & nose are in the move. His voice does not appear yet, though.

          • fursa_saida

            You get a couple of growls here and there. I actually liked that they didn’t show us a complete picture of Smaug; it kept him mysterious and more frightening, like a force of nature instead of an animal or personality.

            Sorry, The Hobbit was my favorite book for a good couple of years when I was little, so I have a lot of feelings.

          •  The credits said he was the “Necromancer,” which just looked like a blurry ghost to me.

          • Derek_anny

            The Necromancer is revealed in the Lord of the Rings trilogy to have been a still weak Sauron.  That books, that is.

          • fursa_saida

            He did get a credit, so I’m guessing the various growls were technically him, ha.

          • julnyes

             Well he voiced The Necromancer, so he was kinda in it.

      • He’s also voicing the Angel Islington in Radio 4’s adaptation of Neverwhere.

        • OH SHIT.  I’m gonna need to find that.  That’s great casting.

          • Derek_anny

            The rest of the cast is equally awesome.  It’ll be available online everywhere.  Neil himself also does some voice work as the narrator.

    •  I’d make 12 shave his head — it’s the only way.

    • lovelyivy

       Posts like this are indeed why I love TLo. Ditto on your wish that they never stop- I only wish they had been covering Doctor Who when Tennant was around, as I have the most immense crush on that man and his lovely lovely lower lip…

      Matt Smith could not be less my type (I have had crushes on way more than my share of skinny white boys, but I generally pick nerds over hipsters), but I love him, love his style, love the whole thing. I have tried to figure how much of that is him, and how much is the fact that he is the Doctor. The results thus far are inconclusive…

  • New companion=souffle girl (Oswin Oswald), no?

    I wonder if they’re going to make her a different character or find some way to explain how she’s there (i.e. Doctor Who goes back in time to save her, etc.).

    (These aren’t spoilers, I’m just speculating. 🙂

    • MilaXX

       That’s the same actress

    • kfarrel3

      It’s a completely different character, named Clara. And what I find to be most interesting (I read this somewhere else on the tubes) – while we all know that Clara and Oswin are the same actress but not the same character, the Doctor never saw Oswin, so he doesn’t know. NO idea how that will tie in, but just a fun fact. 🙂

      • gabbilevy

        OOooooooohhhhhh…. i never thought of that!

      • I think it’s going to undo what Oswald did in the opening episode of the season.  Which needs to be undone anyways – the Daleks not having a giant fear of something frightens me.

    • julnyes

      My guess is she will be Oswin’s ancestor.

    • lundibleu

      Weeeeellll… there is speculation of course, aided by Matt & Jenna Louise’s intro to the trailer where they are all “oh, no, it would be impossible to be the same character…”

      • Dang. I *liked* Oswin–but it would be a big stretch to go, “Oh, she sacrificed her life! Oh, but now she’s back…wonder how that happened?”

        • lundibleu

          I, as usual, wonder what Moffat is up to. It could, of course, be sheer coincidence… Like Eve Myles, Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman before her when they had a one off part before becoming regulars. Interesting though.

          • Reneesance

             I have ceased to believe in any chance of Moffat/Coincidence.  That man is evil.

          • lundibleu

            Agree completely. Evil genius, that man.

          • Eve Myles is RTD, not Moffat.  🙂

          • lundibleu

            Oh, I know. So was Freema, and Karen had a bit part in an RTD ep before getting cast in Moffat’s era. Freema’s was explained as Martha having a cousin who’d worked at Torchwood Canary Wharf, Eve’s was similar I think in terms of being a long distant ancestor. Suspect Clara/Oswin connection could be more complex, or non-existent.

          • fursa_saida

            No way it’s coincidence. In all those cases, the actors were brought back a while later, after having made a good impression. (I suppose the closest would be Freema Agyeman? But the tiny bit of retconning [“oh, I had a cousin”] they did doesn’t speak to any planning, just a quick fix.) She was announced as the new companion before that first episode even aired. It would be only a few months between her first appearance and her first appearance as a companion. This was definitely planned.

  • So. . . I have a question.  Why is it that Matt Smith comes down so clearly in the “nerdily adorable hipster” territory, and not in the “douchily aggravating hipster” province? I agree with y’all whole-heartedly that he’s a citizen of the former territory, but I’m damned if I know what the difference between him and all the annoying Williamsburg hipsters is.

    • another_laura

      It’s the accent, girlfriend, it’s the accent.  And perhaps that he makes an attempt at actual grooming?

      • alyce1213

        Eh, I’m not so sure about the accent. There are plenty of British douche bag hipsters, plenty.
        I do agree about his grooming – clearly superior, and I think he just knows who he is and instinctively knows how to dress himself. I don’t get a douche vibe from him at all.

    • He’s British.

    • not_Bridget

      Because Matt is not afraid to show some enthusiasm.  He seems to enjoy being The Doctor.  

      Not that I know many neo-hipsters; I remember the word’s previous incarnation, in the middle of the last century.  But aren’t they supposed to be cool & aloof? And bored a lot?

      He isn’t. 

      • piecesofconfetti

        Agreed. He seems genuine, not “too cool for school.” Plus, he’s so darn cute. 

    • Delaney Davis

       He’s built for it. He’s not trying to fit an American superhero actor body into skinny pants. Plus the grooming. His style (which I’m not sure I’d call “hipster”) seems to suit his personality. The Britishness, of course, doesn’t hurt.

    • MilaXX

       For me it’s just a vibe I get. It’s like he would dress like this anyway.

      • Billie_Dawn

        Exactly. I get the same vibe from Daniel Day-Lewis. If DDL were, say, an accountant instead of an actor, I get the distinct impression that he would still be wearing the scarves and the wide collars and the loafers. He just really, really likes dressing that way, and it suits him perfectly. Same deal with Matt Smith.

    •  A) He’s kempt and obviously putting in effort, as opposed to looking like he’s pretending he’s not trying.
      B) It’s sincere.  There’s no urge to fit in with the other hipsters — when they’ve all moved on to some other style, Matt Smith will still be dressing like Matt Smith. 

    • gabbilevy

      He’s just so wonderfully, adorably childlike. Not child-ish. But he’s got this sense of innocence to him (I guess that comes with him playing a children’s show lead) that makes it work for me.

    • lovelyivy

       He appears to have a sense of humor. The WORST thing about hipsters is how overly seriously they take themselves (and how hard they work at their hipsterdom- as if they’re the first people to ever discover a counter-culture). He makes it seem effortless, always appears to be really gracious, and is hilarious as the Doctor in a way that often pokes fun at his own dignity or lack thereof. he is like the anti-hipster outside of his wardrobe.

    • Reneesance

       I think it’s the Nerd cred.  And maybe he doesn’t seem to be taking himself too seriously?

      •  Not taking himself too seriously and there is an authenticity about it. Clearly it takes some effort to get dressed like that (it takes effort to put on any combination of clothes) but he makes it look effortless.

  • another_laura

    I’m going to miss Rory but I never really liked Amy so I’m giddy for a new Companion.

    As for the Christmas special, who doesn’t love the idea of dangerous snowmen?  (I can’t see the trailer without thinking of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons.)  Richard Grant will make a most excellent villain!

  • Good riddance to the Ponds, I say!  I’m really very fond of Rory’s character, but Amy is borderline abusive to him and their relationship always made me uncomfortable.  Bring back Donna!

    • another_laura

      Donna is my all-time favorite Companion.  Doctor Donna rocked it.

      • LeBarron

        Aww, you had to go and mention the Doctor Donna.  As heartbreaking as I found Ponds’ exit to be, Donna’s was absolutely gut-wrenching.  I miss her so!

      • piecesofconfetti

        I love how there was no romance with Doctor Donna. Just a really cute and genuine friendship. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy Rose and Ten 2.0 getting together finally, but I just really liked how romance wasn’t the basis for their relationship. Plus, Donna was funny as all get out.

    • Anathema_Device

      I liked Amy at first, but she became too smug. And when she yelled “Then what is the point of you!” at the Doctor, I decided I didn’t like her.

      •  I liked Amelia better than Amy. I would have liked one episode with the little girl as the primary companion.

    •  Blasphemy!  How could anyone not like Amy?!?  She had great hair and was awesome.  The scene where she left Madame Kovarian to die?  Amazingly great.  And she wasn’t abusive to Rory — that was their relationship dynamic, one they were BOTH clearly comfortable with, and it was obvious how devoted they BOTH were.  HE was the one she trusted to save her and her baby, she left him so he could have the life he wanted, and then she gave up her entire life to go back in time with him.  And at the last, after decades away from her, Rory on his deathbed wasn’t going “thank God, they’re going to save me,” but “thank God, I can see her one last time.” 

    • lovelyivy

      I used to haaaaaate her because she was so unfinished. Outside of having a ladyboner for the Doctor and treating Rory like crap there didn’t seem to be much to her (other than lots of miniskirts). In the wake of fantastic female characters like Donna, the weakness and lack of dimension pissed me off- a lot. This last season was a bit better- her sorrow over River, her focus on her own life, the discovery that she had an actual career- all made her more interesting and three-dimensional.

      It was just too little too late.

  • The Ponds were fine (Rory especially), but my favorite–and the most underrated–companion was Martha Jones. I like Matt Smith–and the boy does have some fabulous hair–but in re-watching the reboot, I really miss David Tennant.

    • MilaXX

       Martha is my #2 of the new companions. (Donna is #1)

      • DeborahJozayt

        I loved Donna, too! I try to say Oy! the way she does and just don’t have the ability to pull it off.

      • lovelyivy

         Donna is hands down my favorite too, and agreed that Martha is a not-so-distant second place. I always thought she (the character and the actress) was way better than the crap unrequited love storyline they gave her.

    • Nitpick: it isn’t a reboot (that would mean Eccleston was the 1st Doctor). This is just New Who.

      I adored Ten & David but Matt’s my favorite Doctor. I have a “Love the Doc You’re With” history with the series (with exceptions) but something about Matt’s Doctor and the less overall angst-fest that is his tenure really works for me.

      Love all the companions, though Rose the least (her fandom is nauseating and unfortunately that’s rubbed off on my feelings about her).

      • gabbilevy

        Don’t let obnoxious fans rub off on your appreciation for Rose. I’m pretty new to the Whoniverse, so I’m not part of any particular fandom, but Rose was always hardest for me to let go. 

      • MilaXX

         I cannot stand Rose, and those are just a few of the reasons why.

    • julnyes

      Martha is sooo underrated in the fandom and it is purely because people couldn’t get over Rose. Martha was amazing and I don’t think she got the love she deserved.

    • Anathema_Device

       Agree. I really liked Martha a lot. I didn’t always enjoy her yearning for him, but I did like her character and the way they interacted.

      • It was really annoying–because she was SO competent and smart–and then they decided that she had to be pining for The Doctor all the time (sometimes instead of being competent).

        • Elaine Lang

           Exactly.   I would have loved Martha if she hadn’t had a crush on the Doctor.  

      •  The only time I really liked Martha was when she left.  The fact she had both the brains and the spine to leave when it became clear that traveling with the Doctor was bad for her.

    • Jarethee

       Martha was my favorite too. She was a strong, smart, independent DOCTOR! What bugged me is how she also had the most horrific storylines, i.e. what happened to her family, how many times she was kidnapped, hurt, etc… O_o Kinda bummed she just got one season and hope she comes back for a bit, maybe on Torchwood at least?

  • I’m looking forward to the Christmas special more than I’m looking forward to Christmas. Cannot. Wait.

    I will not miss Amy much, but Rory. Oh, Rory. I will definitely miss his stupid face. 

    • piecesofconfetti

      I am surprised that so many people love Rory more than Amy. I thought I was the only one! 

      • LeBarron

        I have a love/hate relationship with Amy.  Her tendency to snark often came across as abrasive and ungrateful, but she had moments when I really did like her.  And most of those moments revolved around Rory.  I honestly think the best thing about Amy being the Doctor’s companion was that we all got Rory.

        •  I feel this way about Amy too, and I think you described it perfectly. I liked her in a *lot* of ways but in other ways she just came off so very badly. Overall I settle at indifference.

  • I LOVE HIM SO MUCH IT HURTS.  He’s the main focal point of my Christmas card letter this year (yeah, I met him).
    That’s him in my avatar photo (I forgot I had set it.) 🙂

    I want to marry his hair and his socks and his giraffe-like reflexes.

    • MilaXX

       I bought my cat a tardis blue bow tie, cause bow ties are cool.

  • Olivia McMurray

    He doesn’t seem to have eyebrows?… haha

    •  You get over that after about 10 minutes of his first episode.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    I was completely over them by midway through Series 6. Bring on the change! /unabashedly Team Donna

  • PastryGoddess

    That hair…my god that is fabulous.  

  • MilaXX

    Yes always to Matt. I am always open to new companions.  Can’t wait for the Xmas special or the anniversary special.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    He continues to somehow not have eyebrows too.

    Great scarf.

  • piecesofconfetti

    Love him! 

    I’m sad to see the Ponds go, especially Rory (who somehow turned out to be my second favorite companion), but I think I might like the new girl. She seems sassy, like Amy. 

  • Anathema_Device

    Matt Smith continues to have great everything! I don’t know about the Christmas special. Last year’s was horrendous. But I’ll watch. Of course I will.

    • M_E_S

      Last year’s was pretty awful, but the year before was actually quite good.  And io9 gave this year’s a pretty good non-spoilery review, so I live on in hope.  Even if it was given a terrible review, I know I’d still watch anyway.

  • kimmeister

    Love the scarf, but I hate the shoes.  They remind me of the gross British Knights sneakers from the 80s.

  • No!  I will not move on and no one can make me!!!  

  • I’m so glad the Ponds will be gone. I liked them, but the idea that LOVE SOLVES EVERYTHING is so boring to end every. single. episode. 

  • I particularly enjoy that the Doctor Who trailer voiceover says that “Winter is Coming.”

  • If you listen to the BBC 1 Radio Breakfast broadcast from this morning, he gives his hairstyling tips!

  • formerlyAnon

    I’ll miss Rory more than Amy. Amy was very “real” because she had unlikeable (to me) moments when she was too verbally rude – childish almost – to others and/or too oblivious of Rory – which is how real people act, so it was great for the character.  Donna was sometimes loud and annoying but was waay more likeable, and so far my favorite companion.

    I’m open to the new, however.

  • j_anson

    His winter hipster gear is MUUUUUCH less annoying than his summer hipster gear.

  • Bernadette Ulsamer

    Winter is coming, Game of Thrones much?

  • littlemissstrange

    Winter is coming, and the night is dark and full of terrors. And nerds.

    He has invisibrows. I say no thank you to invisibrows.

  • sockandaphone

    the christmas special was so ridifuckingawful (look a word i made up) last year my expectations are extra low this year. but im excited because doctor who! and new companion!

  • Reneesance

    Can’t wait can’t wait, loved the Ponds but I was ready for a change.  Love his scarf, love his boots, oh Matt you’re adorable. 

  • Ahhh! Cannot wait for the Christmas special!!! I will miss the Ponds but, hey, welcome to life as a “Doctor Who” fan … there’s always a new Doctor and/or new companion coming!

  • glennethph


  • OneBonBonIsPoison

    Hello Sweetie!

  • LauraWL

    Rose Tyler Forever! That being said, I like Rory bunches and Pond has become far less annoying of late. However, I am ready for a new companion. 

  • Kato16

    Finally caught up through season 7, and think I like Matt Smith person more than Matt Smith Doctor. 

  • margaret meyers

    Can we all chip in and buy him an eyebrow pencil?

  • I’m starting to wonder… what would Matt’s hair and David’s face together look like? Or maybe the result would blow up all of time and space!

  • quiltrx

    I really think there needs to be a Fabulous Hair Hall of Fame.  And I actually think I’d enjoy the male side better than the lady hair!

  • kikisayshi


  • Jasmaree

    I wasn’t particularly fond of the Ponds, so I’m looking forward to the change.

    “Winter is coming”

    The Doctor Who/Game of Thrones jokes are coming.

  • Corsetmaker

    I always end up missing it but it’ll be repeated on Boxing day and probably on New Years Day as well. Mind you I never did get round to watching last years.
    I did like Madame Vastra’s previous appearance though so quite looking forward to this, and to the new companion. Never was a huge fan of the Ponds.

  • RzYoung

    Seriously, does he shave his eyebrows off?

  • editrixie

    OMG who cares, all I see is Richard E. Grant!!! So wonderful.

  • I’m more excited about the Christmas Special than I am about my presents! 

  • TropiCarla

    … Breathlessly anticipating your “thoughts” on the Special, gentlemen.  

    Many compliments of the season to you and yours. 🙂