Matt Smith at BBCAmerica’s “Doctor Who” Panel at Comic-Con 2013

Posted on July 22, 2013

Now, we ask you: What is not to love here?


Matt Smith at BBC America’s “Doctor Who” 50th Anniversary panel during the 2013 San Diego Comic Convention.

Certain stars thrive at Comic-Con. Those are the real nerds; not the ones playing at being nerds or trying to earn some money off the nerds. Matt combines star power, Brit-hipster style, and true nerditry and comes out his own unique self among celebrities. We’re going to miss him when he leaves Doctor Who soon, but we’re fairly certain he’ll be the one Doctor who achieves true stardom outside the role.

We are so going to get yelled at for that last sentence. Look! Pretty jacket! Don’t you all want to talk about his pretty jacket and buzz cut, rather than yell at us, David Tennant fans? Or better yet, don’t you want to campaign for the first female or non-white Doctor to replace him? Of course you do! Dame Maggie Smith as the 12th Doctor! Start the fan campaign now, darlings!


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    • decormaven

      That’s called doing what you love, and loving what you do. Thanks! I needed that today.

    • Cute. I like how his big ears stick out with this hair – he looks more boyish. I feel like he’s floating in the air though with all the jumping.

      • gabbilevy

        Not that he needs the help on the boyish front!

        • DCSheehan

          I know. He looks like a teenager, albeit a happy one wearing a great outfit.

    • He is a delight.

    • majorbedhead

      I do enjoy how Matt Smith just LOVES this role and is so exuberant about displaying that love. (But I’m still a die-hard Tennant fan, both on Who and off.)

    • Cathy S

      I miss his hair. But he’s still the cutest little nerd ever.

      • Pterodactyl111

        You know, the short hair is really growing on me. At first I didn’t like it, but now I think I do.

    • lbee

      *sigh* So wanted to yell at you, and now I can’t because you said I was going to. Dammit.

    • etselec

      I <3 silly socks!

    • porcupie

      Oh Matt, you beautiful scamp… I really hope we get a post about Karen Gillan and her new (bald!) haircut. I think she looks utterly gorgeous.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        With or without hair that lassie is a STUNNER!

        • porcupie

          I know! She is just ridiculously beautiful. And it’s so wonderful that she and Matt (and Arthur, but he’s in New York) and still best friends. I think her wig must be made of her own hair that she cut off, because I couldn’t tell the difference before she took it off!

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            You could be right, I wasn’t sure about the colour being exactly the same but the lighting in Hall H at SDCC might be doing weird things.

            I’d’ve liked to think that she’d donate the hair to Locks of Love or some similar charity but I wonder whether they’d want red hair… I LOVE the stuff myself – on men, on women, on cats – love it! Faux Red and Proud! but I’m aware that not everyone feels the same way about the gingers…

            • porcupie

              I think Karen has colour put on her hair as well ( it may just be subtle highlights/lowlights or a rinse that makes it a shade or two darker, but she’s a darker red now than her natural bright ginger that she had right at the beginning of series 5), and I’ve heard that they don’t accept dyed hair.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              That would make sense. I think sometimes, for filming purposes, actors and actresses have highlights/lowlights just to catch the light differently and give movement and definition. Otherwise they end up looking like they have helmet hair!

            • Stancey

              Actually, they do as long as your hair is in good condition. If you have a lot of split ends and damage they don’t want it. I don’t remember when the rule changed, but last time I donated they told me my dyed hair was ok.

            • Vtg Fashion Library

              I’m sure they’d want red hair! We redheads wouldn’t want a brunette wig. It’s just not US.

    • Nina Rumpus

      Now, I love me some Maggie Smith, but I’m pulling for Helen Mirren as the first female Doctor. Come on…how fanfuckingtastic would that be?

      • MilaXX

        Seriously it’s worth going to see REDS2 just to see her alone.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          She is brilliant, she’d make a brilliant Doctor I’m sure BUT: the Beeb doesn’t have many regenerations to tinker with (unless they play a Get Out of Jail Free card by utilising all of River Song’s donated regenerations) so they, in all probability, will want someone who can commit for a good few years rather than a big star who may only want to give them one/two seasons.

          • MilaXX

            I thought they had thrown out the 13 regenerations rule. I agree Helen probably couldn’t commit to more than a year or two.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I’m sure you’re right and that they’ll find a way around it but they will – at the very least – have to explain it in some way otherwise a subsection of the fandom will get very cross indeed! (which is silly really, after all – it means more Who which is what we want!)

            • MilaXX

              I thought they did, but I just checked the drwho.answers.wikia and it seems to be uncertain. I guess we’ll find out when we get to that point.

          • XMom

            I read somewhere, and I can’t remember where, that the regeneration limit was actually a limit set by the Time Lords and not an actual physical limit. What else would the last (technically) remaining Time Lord but set his own rules.

            • AnotherG

              As far as we know, there’s still this limit. It’s never been mentioned in the new series that I can recall. The only indication that it might not be a real limit is with the Master, but that’s dicey. After his final regeneration, he stole bodies twice (Anthony Ainley, “Keeper of Traken” and Eric Roberts in the 1996 movie) to keep going. When we see him again in the new series, he had been fully ressurrected by the Time Lords, so presumably had 13 new regenerations (and has used at least one, between Derek Jacobi’s Professor Yana and John Simm’s Master).

              I’m certain a) they’ll address it and b) totally get around it! 🙂

        • Brian G. Cox

          She looked like she had so much fun doing RED2. I loved how turned into a chatty Cathy on phone calls while doing her wet work in the tub.

      • oohsparkley!

        How about Helena Bonham Carter? I think she’s got the energy, wit and charm down.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I want the right person for the job to play the next Doctor – be they male, female, black, white whatever!

      Personally I’m still going for a chap called Patterson Joseph. Give him a Google; he’s fabulous. I saw him in lots of RSC stuff back in the day and he also played the Marquis De Carabas in the BBC’s original adaptation of Gaiman’s Neverwhere.

      Oh and – yes – David Tennant IS a star but I think Matt Smith may be better suited to a career over here. Love ’em both.

      • MilaXX

        I know him. I watched Survivor & Peep Show.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          He’s brilliant and such a great guy. I’m a bit out of touch with what he’s been doing since I left the UK but he’s generally in demand. He was in an episode of Nu Who already (During 9’s tenure – he’s a contestant on that dodgy gameshow with Rose) but it wouldn’t be the first time they reuse an actor! I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed for Patterson.

          • MilaXX

            He would be quite a change from the 2 fairly physical Doctors we’ve had in Ten & Matt. Not sure how today’s audience would response to a more subdued Doctor.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              In all probability the writers – the Moff himself I guess – will want to take the Doctor in a slightly different direction anyway. Maybe it’s time for someone a bit more cerebral. Less of the (loveable but) crazy jazz hands type performance we’ve had from Smith and the heart-on-his-sleeve stuff from Tennant.

              Have you been watching the Doctors Revisited episodes on BBC America? The last one about Seven/Colin Baker was fascinating. As a teenager I really didn’t like his Doctor – I stopped watching the show until Sylvester McCoy took over- but listening to the Producer talk about what they were aiming for was really interesting. It absolutely didn’t work; Colin Baker is a lovely man I’m sure but there was no charm, no sparkle, nothing to help the audience warm to this new Doctor who was deliberately antagonistic… If they do take a radical course with the next Doctor I just hope they don’t repeat that mistake!

            • porcupie

              I was sure Moff was staying on for another series or two, but his wife tweeted that it was the last Comic Con for them, or something, but I suppose maybe she just meant with Matt (she also posted a funny picture of Moff and Matt together). So maybe the show will go in an entirely new direction?

            • MilaXX

              I have been. I recall not liking Colin because he looked so young. He just came off as a big kid. I remember being happy to see Sylvester. I do like idea of going in a different direction. I wonder if that’s another reason, (besides the upcoming 50th) that we are getting these revisited episodes. It’s a nice way to remind Nu Who fans of what the Doctor was before we were reintroduced with 9.

      • Coleen

        I wanted Paterson Joseph for, like, ever, but he was so annoying in that NuWho episode that I’m not sure I can see him as the next Doctor!

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          He wasn’t the most sympathetic character was he?! I still have hopes though, c’mon Patterson!

      • Corsetmaker

        I’m hoping for Julian Rhind-Tutt 🙂

    • I’m focusing on the polka dot socks, which are just perfectly, divinely silly with all the rest of this ensemble.

    • Krysta

      At first I thought his hair was slicked back HARD, and I did have a sad. The buzz, though, I like. Different look, different style, good stuff. Although that last picture sure is funny-looking.

    • Rhonda Shore

      These images are so joyous…LOVE.

    • NOLA_gal

      He is adorable, but good lord, what size shoes does this man wear?

    • ashtangajunkie

      Polka dot socks! Just another reason to adore these photos.

    • MilaXX

      FLOVE Matt! Ten who? If there is to be a female Doctor, let it be Helen Mirren.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Maybe Richard Ayoade from the IT Crowd would make a good Dr.?

      Also: Love Matt’s socks but the suit jacket not so much

      • LauraWL

        Ooh. I like the idea of Ayoade!

        • DB Ruberto

          Thirded. FANTASTIC choice! (I miss Moss)…

    • redhead with tattoos

      I miss his long floppy hair but I still very much want to grab drinks with him and nerd out. And then make out. A lot.

      • WendyD

        Get in line 😉

        • redhead with tattoos

          Girl, I’ve BEEN in line. We all are.

    • thecitysleeps

      I love him and I agree with you completely. Adore his jacket and socks and boots.

    • Super_Red

      no, please no female doctor. I’m all for strong female roles, but we can create plenty of other characters without co-opting existing ones. And I love me some Matt Smith despite the reality that David Tennant will always be ‘my’ doctor. Please let the adorable sexiness that is David Tennant find current stardom- or at least more that I can watch and love him in. And if John Barrowman can come back to my tv, I’d be absolutely okay with that. 🙂 I just found out that he’s in a bunch of episodes of Arrow– I haven’t been watching. Tell me, fellow nerds- should I be watching? Is he a regular or is it worth it to watch him for the guest appearances?

      • MilaXX

        Yes. River Song, well Alex Kingston also made a few appearances. Arrow is pretty decent if you don’t think too hard and don’t compare it to the comic. JB also appeared on 2 episodes of Scandal as well.

        • Super_Red

          Thanks! I have yet to see Scandal, though I’ve heard good things. I don’t have tv so my pickings are netflix or streaming online- which I only do for Doctor Who, Project Runway, HIMYM, Big Bang Theory, and Revenge. I barely have time to watch those so someone has to really sit me down and force me to watch something for me to get hooked on something new. John Barrowman + River would be enough for me to pick up a new series, though.

          • MilaXX

            Oh you MUST check out Scandal. In fact, I think it’s a perfect show for binge watching. Once you see it you understand why twitter goes nuts for it every week. It doesn’t return until Oct 3rd so you have time. Come join the addiction!

            • Tatiana Luján

              Is Scandal like The West Wing?

            • MilaXX

              I only watched a few eps of West Wing, but I’d say no.

            • Tatiana Luján


      • twocee

        Wait…Captain Jack is in Arrow?

        Off to find Arrow streaming somewhere….

      • shorty j

        how would it be “co-opting” to have a female Doctor? (I’m legit asking; I’ve heard this argument before but frequently it quickly degenerates into “and that’s also why the Doctor has to be white,” which… oye.)

        • Super_Red

          I haven’t really paid attention to or participated in any other discussions about who the next doctor should be. I’m an anti-spoiler kind of girl, so I’ve avoided anything related to the next doctor just in case.

          I say that to make it clear that I’m not speaking for any others who have strong feelings- I can only say that, for me, I like my Doctor to be male.

          I used the term “co-opting” because so often the arguments on things like this read to me as “here is an established character that is ALWAYS male, therefore, for the sake of fairness and puppies and the American way, this character must be changed to be female to prove that women can be cool, too. Misogyny! Chauvinism!.”

          Those arguments – not that everyone advocating a female doctor has that view- make me feel as though the character being turned femal would not be because that’s the best direction for the character to go, but because its proving a point or something. I like my Doctor male and don’t want to see that changed merely to prove a point.

          And because this is the Internet, I will say again- I’m not saying this is the only reason to want a female doctor- just the one I was replying to and disagree with. 🙂

      • Corsetmaker

        I don’t want a woman either. I think it’s a stupid, gratuitous idea.
        Until the mention of the Corsair in the The Doctor’s Wife there was never any suggestion of gender changing regenerations. The Doctor has always played completely straight with a string of female interests and a resistance to even Jack’s best attempts. They can’t change that if gave him a female body because it’s still the Doctor no matter what body he’s in and there still needs to be continuation with past partners. So that leads into a bit of a tricky minefield. If you bring back Rose, River etc how do you handle that. Their acceptance of a change of body can be difficult enough to get around without a gender change too. It’s not that it isn’t possible, they can explain anything eventually, but it’s unnecessary and it deviates way too much from 50 years of history.

        If they want a female Time Lord bring back Romana!

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      I would need a trampoline to jump that high so I’m a little jealous.

      • kimmeister

        It’s quite impressive!

    • Tatiana Luján

      “Dame Maggie Smith as the 12th Doctor!” You guys are hilarious.

      I love Matt Smith and I hope he makes it big outside DW.

    • MzzPants

      Second picture: eye crotch.

    • acevedob

      One of my least favorite Doctors. I don’t like him one bit.

    • WendyD

      As much as I truly love me some David Tennant, I LOVE Matt so much! I will miss him, but that’s the nature of the role!
      He’s so much fun! And so wonderful with the fans 🙂 LOVE HIM!

    • sk8tfan

      I don’t watch Dr. Who and am not sure who this guy is, but I think I’m in love. The socks sold me. And the joyous look. He seems like someone who gets the most out of life. Hope your prediction about his career comes true.

    • LauraWL

      Haha. Nice save! Big David Tennant fan here. 😉 Smith is a pretty lovable dude though. And his Bart Simpson get-up on the Comic Con floor was pretty awesome. And I hear he is a pretty great guy “for realsy” so I begrudgingly approve of his messy clothes (the smiling and jumping helps).

    • GorgeousThings

      In that last picture, with the buzz cut and big ol’ grin, he reminds me of Christopher Eccleston. Anyone who dances a jig on the Comic Con stage is okay in my book!

      • AnotherG

        I thought he was looking rather Ecclestonish too! He’s unregenerating into Nine!

    • kimmeister

      I don’t like the buzz cut on him – it reads “cancer patient” or on someone so wiry.

    • snarkykitten

      Not digging the hair. he looks like a creeper with the buzz cut

    • elemspbee

      Adorbs! and he’s clearing about what, 3 feet in the air?

    • crankykaren

      Vote Tatiana Maslany for the 12th Doctor! And the 13th, 14th and 15th. Throw in 16th and 17th too, since I’m sure she would be brilliant playing as many damn Doctors as she wants to.

      • Anathema_Device

        I only disagree on Maslany b/c I want her on Orphan Black for a few more seasons.

        • crankykaren

          Good point! She can be the five Doctors after 12 then. 🙂

    • JulieK

      I vote for Idris Elba!

      • Lanus

        He’s a little too well-known to be a Doctor…but, I’ll vote for him anyway, because REASONS.

        ~Pets the pretty~

    • JauntyJohn

      He’s a livin’ doll. Not just enormous likeability, or charisma or star power… but real talent, too.

      His style is the essence of individuality and cool.

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      What is not to love you ask? He is not Tenth.

    • crash1212

      Made me smile. Wondering how he levitates.

    • Adriana_Paula

      I’ve loved Christopher Eccleston since Cracker, so I’ll put in a word for him here. Though David Tennant has my heart (but that’s ’cause of his Hamlet…).

      • Tatiana Luján

        Have you watched Single Father?

    • formerlyAnon

      I am only a casual fan of the Doctor, but I love these photos. Immensely.

    • KayEmWhy

      The socks, oh what fun!

    • Lanus

      Dame Maggie would be an awesome Doctor. But, I’m kind of hoping for Idris Elba. But, that’s just in my Christmas Stocking. I like the casting of little-known actors as Doctors.

    • kittenwithaquip

      I have nevereverever understood the obsession with Tennant. I started watching during Doctor #9, Christopher Eccleston and he was my favorite. Tennant was the pencil-necked geek who replaced the man I loved, so it’s been hard to like him. Then Matt Smith came along and revived my love for Doctor Who. I’m incredibly curious about who they’ll bring in next.

    • Imasewsure

      I’ve never watched any of the Who’s but he is something special and a lot of fun to look at (both in his chicdom and in his nerdality)

    • AnnaleighBelle

      I don’t know who he is, but he’s adorable! Love the socks.

    • Anathema_Device

      These pics totally made my day! He is totally enjoying himself. My son has been engaged in a discussion with some friends on whether the next Doctor should be a woman. I don’t really care either way, but I would love River Song to have her own spinoff.

      • I want River Song and Captain Jack roaming space and time together. A duo of sexy vagabonds.

    • Hannah Prutton

      Not sure why, but I feel slightly offended that you guys don’t seem to think that David Tennant hasn’t achieved stardom. Maybe he isn’t as important in America as he is in the UK…….

      • Unless you’re his agent or have a hand in his career development, we’re not sure why you’d be offended by that either.

    • roche

      I love these photos and this guy’s energy. I don’t watch Dr. Who, but this guy is a Gumby come alive, but with cool clothes. Just a hoot. And I crave his boots.

    • Aurumgirl

      If Maggie Smith becomes the new Doctor Who, I’ll watch the show voluntarily for the first time in my life. That said, I think this guy is great just because of his socks and his leaps.

      • Stacy Feng

        LOL, that I want to see!

    • Claudia

      I’m really gonna miss that energy on Who, but look forward to seeing what else he does. Really love him. He seems so genuine and lovely. I’ve got a soft spot for fellow nerds.

    • He is so fun. I’m really going to miss him on the show. Hopefully, I’ll see him in tons of amazing movies. Love to you,

    • Jane Patterson

      Hey, Peter Davison did the star thing first, albeit in a UK-centric way! So, uh, Matt can do it second, I guess.

    • CommentsByKatie

      Love him. As usual, I finally warm to the latest Doctor right when they are scheduled to leave!

    • tereliz

      Matt Smith is a cute guy and an all right actor, so I hope he does go on to more mainstream roles. He really does seem to love being the doctor, though, doesn’t he? Tennant will never be free of the taint of the show, I fear. Eccleston was my first doctor, and they say you always love the first one best. But if we’re talking recasting… Reshma Shetty FTD! (someone once suggested her as a companion and I was like WTF? No WAY! She’s DOCTOR material or nothing!)

    • marlie

      He’s just so adorable that I don’t even care about the clothes.

    • Stacy Feng

      Love his polka dot socks, they’re totally the cherry on top.

      That said, I think David Tennant does very well for himself, even if he’s not a Hollywood fixture.