Matt Smith in London

Posted on August 09, 2013

So cute we can’t even stand it.

 

Matt Smith seen leaving the Groucho club on a rickshaw in London.

Love the boots and socks. Love his version of a limo.

People keep asking us about the new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi. We think it was time to get away from the cute, sexy Doctor of Nu Who and look at another side of the character. Stephen Moffat, in choosing Capaldi, seems to be returning to the classic crotchet-y Doctor of Classic Who years and that actually appeals to us quite a bit, especially since Capaldi does cranky so well. We’re suddenly much more interested in Clara, for instance, because up till now, she’s been just a very pretty girl with a mild attraction to the very cute Doctor, which is something we’ve seen plenty of since the show relaunched in 2005. Besides, it’s been a long time – since Rose Tyler in season 2 – since a companion stayed with a Doctor post-regeneration. We’re interested in that transition.

Are we disappointed that they didn’t choose a non-white, non-male actor for the role? A little, but not enough to get mad about it. Moffat is simply NOT the man who should be writing a female main character, nor would we ever trust him to handle the issues of someone going from male to female with anything close to grace or wit or even intelligence. Put simply: he’s got lady issues.

Besides, we tend to think whoever the lady is that first gets cast as the Doctor, she’s going to need to be someone on another level from your average British TV actor. They’re going to need to put a star in that role to sell it, when the time comes. Everyone talks about Helen Mirren, but frankly, we’d much rather see Helena Bonham Carter do her wild-haired steampunk craziness in the role. She’s perfect for it.

We’re more disappointed they didn’t choose an actor who reflected modern Britain’s racial makeup a little bit more accurately. Even so, Capaldi is a fine actor and a good choice. We’re ready for the change. That it’s not quite the change we hoped for is to be expected with Doctor Who. Every single actor who took on the role was some fan’s disappointment, somewhere.

Oh, and be nice. Leave Matt’s drinking buddy out of the comments, please. He didn’t sign up for judgment.

 

[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews.com]

    • Nicholas

      Neil Gaiman wrote on his blog that the first person to receive the offer was a black actor who declined.

      What could have been …

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Well if they asked ONE and he turned it down…..

        Sorry, I don’t really have a dog in this hunt, I’m not a fan of the show, but that just sounds like such a silly thing for Gaiman to write.

        • Bethany Roullett

          I thought there was some confusion about which doctor he was asked to be? As in, it’s possible they asked this actor to be 11? I’m not sure though, I’m reading this info third-hand…

          Regardless, Matt here is a cutie. Glad to see his hair coming back (in time for the Christmas special, I imagine).

          • Supernumerary

            Yeah, it was a case of Chiwetel Ejiofor being approached to play the eleventh Doctor, him turning it down, and Matt Smith eventually getting the role.

            I personally remain sad that Paterson Joseph didn’t get pinged for Twelve (whom apparently Gaiman approved of as well, so hurrah validation!), but if we are going to get landed with Yet Another White Man, Peter Capaldi is certainly the man I’d choose.

            And I’m with TLo, for the most part; when it comes to the Doctor as a woman, let’s be glad that Moffat isn’t setting her foundation. That fantastic and momentous occasion can happen once he’s moved on, if we’re all terribly lucky.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I was in the Patterson Joseph camp too. (Yay! *highfive*) I’ve said it before – and I’ll say it again – I want whoever is right for the part to play the Doctor. It just so happened that the actor I favoured is black.

              I’ve been following Peter Capaldi’s career since Local Hero back in 1983 and he’s fabulous and I’m chuffed to bits that the Doctor is a Scot again (I hope he keeps his accent rather than pulling a Tennant!). The casting of this particular ‘skinny white dude’ is the only casting that can assuage my disappointment about not having ‘a Doctor of colour’. Yet.

            • Corsetmaker

              See I can never see the logic in the Doctor having a regional accent when he isn’t from any region. I didn’t much like that about 9 either. Basic, fairly polite, English makes the most sense for the character. Unless he’s spent a few off-screen years holed up in Glasgow or Manchester.

              I think Peter Capaldi will probably just use the toned down version of his own voice though. He doesn’t shake off his accent quite as easily as Tennant does.

              I liked Paterson Joseph in Neverwhere, he could’ve worked well. But I keep seeing Idris Elba mentioned and much as I like him, he’s far too traditionally masculine for the part. Of course if the show was going to ‘reflect modern Britain’s racial makeup’ it could be argued that Art Malik is the more apt choice. But I just don’t like that; it’s time for a —- way of thinking. It has to be who is right for the part out of the actors available. And I do think some people, especially casual or newer viewers, forget it’s casting the same character with some outward alterations, not a completely different role.

            • Holly Kinnamont

              Aww! Ejiofor has said in interviews he would do the part if offered, but I suppose interviewing can be taken with a grain of salt. He’s always been my top pick.

      • duckgirlie

        Steven Moffat said that Capaldi was the only person they seriously considered though, so I don’t know who Gaiman was referring to.

        • MarTeaNi

          I feel like it’s probable someone joking asked Idris Elba and they’re trying to pretend it was serious, knowing he’d turn it down. But I have zero faith in Moffet and haven’t been able to tolerate his Who-headership even a little.

        • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

          Rumor has it that it was offered to Chiwetel Ejiofor before Matt Smith.

          • duckgirlie

            Yeah, I figured Gaiman might be referring to an earlier regeneration. I don’t like Moffat’s approach to the series, so I haven’t watched in ages.

          • River

            Ohhhh, I LOVE him. *sobs*

          • drdarke

            Chiwetel Ejiofor or Paterson Joseph would have been GREAT Doctors – though I question whether Moffatt would be any better at writing a non-White Doctor than he would a non-straight non-male one. Yes, I know he’s introduced a number of LGBT bit characters while show running NuWHO, but they usually feel like either window-dressing – or cannon fodder….

            It is my hope that the show’s Grand Master Plan is to wait until The Doctor’s up for his 14th Regeneration – since it’s canon that Time Lords only have 13 Regenerations, so they’ll have to retcon it somehow. The show’s done it before – but my idea is that, since The Doctor is The Last of the Time Lords, he gets every other no longer extant Time Lord’s and Lady’s Regenerations, making him effectively immortal…and meaning he can be any race or gender the show wants now!

            Ta-Da! Problem Solved!

            • Goldie

              I think maybe they’ve already ret-conned it. I suspect that when River saved The Doctor’s life by giving him her Time Lord power, he got all her re-generations. Especially since she coudn’t re-generate after that.

            • NoNeinNyet

              Also, RTD also strangely retconned it with a throwaway line when Matt Smith appeared on The Sarah Jane Adventures.

            • Corsetmaker

              River just used up her re-generative power to heal him and then with her being a bit of a hybrid we don’t know how much or how little she had.
              I think they’ll just get out of it by saying the limit was enforced by the council on Gallifrey rather than a natural limit and that with them gone the limit is gone.

            • MoHub

              Canon is 12 regenerations, or 13 personae. One left unless the Doctor finds a way to secure a 13th regeneration. I wouldn’t want to think of him stealing a body as the Master did at the end of his 13th “life.”

          • drdarke

            PS: As I said elsewhere – If The Doctor has to be a White Guy, Peter Capaldi’s the right White Guy for the part….

            You have all seen the YouTube video of “Malcolm Tucker As The Doctor”, right…? :::grin::

            • Corsetmaker

              The ‘leaked trailer’ LOL! I’ve watched it about 50 times already. It’s brilliant.

          • MilaXX

            Original Lola in Kinky Boots (the movie).

            • drdarke

              And – The Operative in SERENITY, @MilaXX, which was where I thought “He should be The Doctor!”

            • MilaXX

              Did you see his fan letter a 15 year olf Capaldi wrote that someone found and posted on tumblr? Adorable.

            • drdarke

              @MilaXX – I did! At first I wondered if the BBC just found a letter by a kid with a similar name – THEN I read that he used to edit a DOCTOR WHO Fanzine!

          • Corsetmaker

            I don’t think it was, I think it might be a little further back. He won’t mean anything to most Americans unless any of you are 70s sitcom fans, but Don Warrington who was in Rising Damp played Rassilon in some of the audio stuff around the time of the nu-Who revival. I wonder if he was asked.. Just a theory.

    • MarTeaNi

      I refuse to leave Matt’s friend out of the discussion because I love that shirt he’s wearing.

      • Glam Dixie

        Lol, I was thinking something similar but I was trying to behave.

        • MarTeaNi

          I’m a sucker for graphic fabric tees with old-timey prints. It helps that they fade well because then they just look even MORE like old paintings.

      • Karen Belgrad

        I was just thinking he could be cast as the brother of the Matthew McConaughey character in “Dazed and Confused”… Alright, alright, alright

    • imspinningaround

      Damning by faint praise: He looks like a particularly fetching extra from Trainspotting.

    • Michael_Jones

      HBC would be brilliant !!!! (You boys are always way too clever.)

      • Tatiana Luján

        Now imagine the encounter of HBC as the doctor and Suranne Jones as the Tardis.

        • C S

          Imagine HBC’s Doctor and River!! Makes me want this badly.

      • MoHub

        For a Children in Need special, the Doctor sketch sped through multiple Doctors—including Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant, and Richard E. Grant—and finished with Joanna Lumley. Imagine Patsy Stone as the Doctor! I’d watch.

    • gabbilevy

      He’s said on a couple of occasions that his Doctor’s tweed was based on a jacket he wore to one of his auditions/screen tests, so it’s no accident he dresses like the Doctor and the Doctor dresses like him. I’m going to miss him dearly, but I miss all the doctors when they leave.

      Also, SPEAKING of David Tennant: You all should watch Broadchurch. Marathoned that thing this week and it’s pretty wonderful. And so is Tennant’s Scots accent. :swoon:

      • Tatiana Luján

        And Single Father, Tennant is soul stirring in that mini series.

        • majorbedhead

          Single Father was great. Broadchurch was really great. Even Decoy Bride is cute, in a very predictable way.

          • Corsetmaker

            Single Father annoyed me because a skint photographer and a primary school teacher could never have afforded that huge, gorgeous house in an expensive part of the city! But that’s just me being picky :D I still cried!

          • Marie Ee

            I’m ashamed of how much I liked decoy bride.

            • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

              Me, too!

      • MilaXX

        I’ve been watching Broadchurch. So far, I like.

      • Qitkat

        David is terrific in The Politician’s Husband too.

    • Missy

      I’ve never really been a Matt Smith fangirl, but this shorter hair *really* does him justice, I have to say.

      • imspinningaround

        My “fetching extra from Trainspotting” comment below sounds like shade, but it’s really not.

    • Emily Dagger

      Peter Capaldi is sufficiently sexy that I’m actually thinking about watching the show — after being seriously traumatized by that pedo looking Doctor with the rainbow scarf back in my childhood.

      He’s just older, charisma machine sexy, not bright young lad sexy like the last two.

      • Missy

        I also think Peter Capaldi is really sexy. I would enjoy a move away from, “Everyone in the show finds The Doctor attractive” though. Swooning girls do not good companions make.

        • Emily Dagger

          I agree entirely.

          (I do think it may be a little sanguine to think that’ll stop, though — this is Moffat we’re talking about)

          (and that’s not entirely a dig. I enjoy much of his work, Coupling and Sherlock being two of my all time faves — but the man has patterns)

          • MilaXX

            I can never think about Coupling without thinking about the Giggle Loop.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              *starts laughing*

        • formerlyAnon

          Exactly. You can take it two ways: 1) OF COURSE everyone finds him attractive: he’s not human, bigger than human, but has a need for his human inner circle that is dead compelling when it shows, or 2) HOW COULD anyone find him attractive over time: he’s not human, bigger than human, but even if that is fascinating, he needs the human perspective but there’s an essential and jarring disconnect at crucial moments that shows just how not-human he is and that short circuits the attraction.

          I think the occasional crush that reboots into comradeship makes sense, but for the stronger, more savvy or intuitive companion, it makes more sense that the swooning never starts.

      • Tatiana Luján

        He’s so talented that I find him sexy, if that makes any sense.

      • fursa_saida

        I loved him so much in The Hour that I’m definitely going to have to give him a shot. (I quit watching Doctor Who a few months ago.)

    • marlie

      He looks adorably, casually Matt here. Also, HBC would be AH-MAZING.

    • http://www.tierneyalison.com/ Tierney

      I’m really pleased with Peter Capaldi’s casting, but I’d love to see Emma Thompson in the role.

      …Now if only Steven Moffat would leave.

      • Tatiana Luján

        Oh, Emma Thompson, I love her.

      • porcupie

        Yes, I’d much prefer Emma Thompson than ‘I’m-so-kooky’ Helena Bonham Carter. HBC used to be a really good actor before she started playing the same character in all of Tim Burton’s movies (see also: Depp, Johnny).

    • alyce1213

      He’s adorable, I love everything he’s wearing — quilted jacket, rolled-up jeans, great socks and shoes.
      But I miss his gorgeous hair.

    • Tanya Wade

      No shade for shaggy friend. They both look appropriate for a night out and a pint.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      can i mention his companion just enough to say, “lucky bastiche”?

      • Tatiana Luján

        I want to mention him to say his hair looks really soft.

    • Jonquil

      Could not agree more. Do I want a female doctor? Absolutely. But not from Moffat. I don’t really want Moffat to touch on any kind of minority. So, I’m perfectly happy to just get an older Doctor out of him. At least an older Doctor will change up the dynamic of the show.

      • MilaXX

        The one thing is does do fairly well is give us little reminders of the Old Who Doctors.

    • majorbedhead

      My only comment on the drinking buddy is that he seems hugely amused at the attention. It’s cute.

      Matt looks like Matt. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I think I still haven’t recovered from the glimpses I’ve had of him in suits, which is when I say “Oh, NOW I get the lusting.”

      I think Peter Capaldi is going to be great. If you haven’t watched it yet, The Thick of It is pretty funny – it’s on Hulu. I’m really looking forward to seeing him portray The Doctor.

    • JauntyJohn

      Regarding the casting, I think this is playing the Long Game; that is, Capaldi is the “traditional” choice so that AFTER him you can break the mold.
      HBC had never occurred to me. That would be beyond genius.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Capaldi is a great actor,he was outstanding in The Hour. In Fortysomething he played a completely different role and he also nailed it. He’s amazing.
      I love Matt Smith and, though he is not my first doctor, he’s my doctor. He looks really cute here. Has there been a time when he doesn’t look cute?

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        It’s a bit ‘the King is dead, long live the King!’ isn’t it? I would’ve thought no one could replace my first doctor (Tom Baker) but Tennant certainly threatened to and then Smith blew them both out of the water!

        • Tatiana Luján

          That’s exactly what happened to me.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            *highfive!*

            I love what Matt Smith has done with the role. I hope he knows that it’s not just the NuWho teenyboppers who adore his Doctor; this Classic Who veteran fan was putty in his hands from the moment he said “You’re Scottish – fry something”.

        • formerlyAnon

          Baker was my first Doctor as well. I didn’t like him as much as I’ve liked a couple of the recent fellas, but I was young enough when I saw him that for a long time I imagined his delivery, etc. as being THE Doctor.

          There has never been a Doctor I’ve liked as much as I liked Donna Noble, though.

          • Corsetmaker

            Tom’s still THE Doctor for me. Tennant came close though. Mostly because he could do that sudden flash between deadly serious to a big grin which Baker did.

            I’ve liked Smith, but it’s never tipped into love. Mainly because he doesn’t have enough authority to match the writing about a Doctor leading armies etc. And I think they overegged the Ponds, he should’ve had more alone time early on to bed in. He’s been a good Doctor but not always well matched up with the story arcs. But then that could be the writing that’s the problem. I have a feeling Moffat and Capaldi will be a better match.

          • fursa_saida

            There has never been a Doctor I’ve liked as much as I liked Donna Noble, though.

            I LOVE YOU FOR THIS.

            • formerlyAnon

              Donna was a full-fledged human (annoying traits included) like no other Companion that I’ve seen (I’m not a huge fan and a haven’t seen enough of some pairings to judge). That brought a lot to the interactions with the Doctor and did a lot to up the emotional impact of the episodes.

      • porcupie

        Exactly. I’ve been watching Doctor Who ever since the start of the reboot, when I was 11 (!), but Matt is *my* Doctor. I was ridiculously torn up when 10 left, so I don’t even know what I’ll do when he goes, although I love Capaldi… And Matt always looks ridiculously gorgeous, even without the glorious hair.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Naomi Harris as a Doctor would be fucking amazing.

    • Elizabeth Szubert

      Oh thank everything that the hair is growing back. Yes, that’s what I focused on. And HBC would be an amazing Doctor, if she ever wanted the role.

    • karinlee

      Peter Capaldi is one of my favorite British actors going right now, and he also rocks the menswear, so I look forward to seeing him featured on future Sausage Fridays. (Just do a google image search and see.) In the official photo of him currently on the Doctor Who BBC site, I think he might be wearing a Paul Smith shirt, from the stripes inside the cuff — although I may be influenced by a scene in “The Thick Of It” where Malcolm Tucker shouts at someone, in the midst of an argument, “DON’T TOUCH THAT SCARF; IT’S PAUL SMITH.”

      • MilaXX

        I’m watching “The Thick of It” now. I watched “In the Loop”. It reminded me very much of Veep. They even have some of the same actors. I can’t help wonder if it wasn’t the inspiration for Veep.

        • karinlee

          Veep, TTOI, and ITL all share the same creator, Armando Iannucci.

          • MilaXX

            I had no idea. It all makes sense now.

            • karinlee

              Yep! I know at least a couple of the writers crossed over too—Simon Blackwell is one of them.

              (Yes, I stalk them all on Twitter.)

              Re: Iannucci, if you like all of the above, I highly recommend that you poke around on YouTube for the comedy news show he did in the 1990s with Chris Morris, “The Day Today”. It reads like a British ur-Daily Show, and is HILARIOUS. Also briliant is Chris Morris’s “Brass Eye”, which is a sendup of TV news documentaries.

            • MilaXX

              Thanks! I’ll look for that.

            • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

              Brass Eye is legend, especially the infamous paedogeddon episode.

            • karinlee

              That one is truly insane. Have you seen Morris’s film “Four Lions”?

            • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

              Yes! I loved it, it also helped that it had the wonderful Riz Ahmed.

            • karinlee

              Yes, he’s terrific!

            • fursa_saida

              One of my favorite movies. I dragged three people who really couldn’t have cared less to the movie theater in order to catch it (it was a very limited release) and I will never be sorry.

            • karinlee

              Such a great film. Luckily I live in the town where the US distribution company was based, and so had no trouble seeing it. Now I kind of feel the need to watch it again.

    • Dan_In_NYC

      I know it’s boring and everyone is saying this, but I really didn’t appreciate the magnetism of his hair until it was gone.

    • MoHub

      Capaldi will be terrific as long as he gets decent writing.

    • Corsetmaker

      I’m delighted, I love Peter Capaldi. I’ve heard so many people say they’re really excited about his casting. I think he’ll change the whole dynamic with Clara (which is a good thing as her character has been lacking) and he’ll bring a lot to the role
      .
      Please someone report back on Craig Ferguson’s reaction! As a huge Who fan and a very old friend of Capaldi’s I’m sure he’s had something to say about it :)

      As for other casting points – I just want the actor best for the role, that’s what should count. Nothing else. So it’s an Italian Irish Scotsman for now, which covers a fair few bases.

      I’ve said it before though that I don’t want a woman. That was an option never even raised until The Doctor’s Wife. Silly as it may seem to say about a fantastical context – but random gender change just doesn’t ring true, not for a character from a society with established family structures (lots of references to wives, children etc on Gallifrey) and I also think it would create too many issues with past and possibly recurring ‘partners’. But I’d love to see a female Time Lord, and think a return of Romana would be fab, or even a spin-off.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        CraigyFerg reacted appropriately on twitter as soon as the announcement was made. I think the Late Late Shows that are airing right now are all prerecords so he’s not yet reacted on TV. He must be cock-a-hoop though. They have to sort out some kind of cameo now – surely!

        • Corsetmaker

          Weirdly I just watched an old Late Late show Capaldi interview a week or so before the announcement. I’m sure there’ll be another one once the new series promotion kicks in next year :) Yes, surely a wee cameo!

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            I felt more strongly about it being time for a Doctor of Colour than I cared about the character being a woman. (And this from someone that wanted to be in the show when I was a kid but I didn’t want to be an assistant – as they were back then – I wanted to be the Doctor!).

            I would like to see Capaldi interact with River Song if at all possible but YES to Romana coming back somehow. Hell, I’d even take The Rani at this point!

            • Corsetmaker

              I hope River can make an appearance at some point, I think there would be chemistry! I don’t think it will be soon though. I’d love to see Romana back. It was Romana I wanted to be, every bit the Doctor’s equal. :)

              But I just don’t see the point of a female Doctor. It feels gimmicky to me. Despite all the body changes and character fluctuations the Doctor is the same ‘person’ and I don’t see how the gender can be changed without wrecking the consistency of his past relations with other characters.
              Apart from wanting the Doctor to stay male, I just want them to pick actors who are the best, most Doctorish, around at the time.

            • MilaXX

              I think Peri would get a long nicely with 12 as well.

      • not_Bridget

        In “The Doctor’s Wife” we were told of The Corsair. One of The Doctor’s favorite Time Lord pals–who he briefly thought might be alive. We learned that The Corsair had been female–at least once.

        I wouldn’t mind a female Doctor & really don’t see Moffat’s inability to write one. A non-White doctor would also be fine–but he or she must be “British.” We know that Brits come in all colors nowadays….

        • Corsetmaker

          Yes, I know, but that’s the first suggestion of it in 50 years and even then it was said as if it was unusual. If it was standard Time Lord habit it wouldn’t have warranted particular comment. Moffat has stated that a gender change is possible (probably because he likes putting the proverbial cat among the pigeons) but that doesn’t make it fit with the character. Interesting too, that the Corsair comment suggests a chosen body on regeneration, which used to apply in that Troughten chose and so did Romana. But not since.

    • MilaXX

      I agree with every single word you have written here. Moffet also gave some nonsense interview where he said that he considered woman Doctor, but the viewers didn’t want it. (yeah, right). Either way I definitely wouldn’t trust Moffs to write a woman Doctor. I was leaning toward Helen Mirran, and I like the idea of HBC, but I think it needs to be someone less popular and well known on both sides of the pond. Neil Gaiman also gave an interview in which he said a black actor was offered the role of Doctor and turned it down. He didn’t name names, but popular speculation leans toward Chiwetel Ejiofor.

    • MilaXX

      IIRC the offer made in 2009

    • Tatiana Luján

      She’s too famous, but Tilda Swinton would be a great doctor.

      • Corsetmaker

        And only a degree or two of separation from Capaldi too, via John Byrne.

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        I would love to see Tilda be funny!

      • alyce1213

        Absolutely. But we’re just dreaming. HBC is way too famous also, moreso than Tilda.

      • StellaZafella

        I just saw this post and think Tilda would make a great dimensional Doctor because she could play it without declaring gender…More than simple androgyny it would add an ‘ambi-genderous’ question mark to everything…
        like her performance as Gabriel in Constantine.

    • formerlyAnon

      Lenny Kravitz & Matt Smith on the same day make up for all the slightly-hotter-than-the-average-dad dad-types. Bless you fellas.

    • CommentsByKatie

      Helena Bonham Carter yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees. I can’t believe I didn’t see that before.

      • artsykelly

        I got the HBC vibe with Idiris in The Doctor’s Wife – but it would definitely be interesting.

    • Jenny

      Thanks for your thoughts on The Doctor! I was wondering what Uncles T & Lo were thinking about it! I am super excited about Capaldi as the Doctor, even though I’d like a minority and/or woman in the role, but you’re probably right that Moffat is not the person for the first female Doctor. I am also PUMPED about the idea of Clara going out and about with Capaldi’s Doctor, and I’m excited to probably have stories that don’t have the underlying romantic tension of pretty much all of the incarnations of the Doctor and their companions. There are many reasons that Donna Noble is my favorite companion of New Who, and the fact that she was like, “HELL to the No!” about possibly of getting romantically involved with the Doctor is one of them. Capaldi is brilliant and he will be a fantastic Doctor, I think.

      Also, I COMPLETELY agree with you about Helena Bonham Carter as the first female incarnation of the Doctor. My sister (also a big TLo reader) and I have been talking about her for the role ever since we heard Matt Smith was leaving. She is one of our dream Doctors!!!!

      Also, on the fashion end, Matt Smith is ADORABLE. I will miss him being on my TV, but I am pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of him.

    • Kristi Puckett Carrillo

      Matt Smith looks very “Keep it together, Minelli” here. Wonder if his friend is a relative? They have similar bone structure.

    • Morales Mike

      I want that blue quilted number SO bad.

    • flamingoNW

      Oh YEAH! I did not think of Bonham Carter for that but that would be PERFECT. I’m so down for that.

    • Kate4queen

      I’ve never got over Tom Baker leaving … LOL

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      Well said on Moffat. He is the last person you would want to write for a woman or a minority character. I love Sherlock but his lady and non-caucasian issues are sometimes glaring in it too.

    • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

      I adore Capaldi and look forward to what will be a great performance I’m sure, but I still think that Mofatt missed a trick with both the Doctor and his companion. A combination of Richard Ayoade as the Doctor and Rita (the lovely, clever Asian doctor from the God Complex episode) is so perfect that that it makes me weep with what could have been… also, I love those boots, and the idea of Matt Smith riding around in a rickshaw is terrifying, those guys are insane.

    • jmorino08

      Does he have his very own pseudo-Pope mobile?! I want one!!!

    • Imasewsure

      I’ve never seen any of the versions so I can’t comment on that but I love this look….hope he has a long (fashionable) career ahead of him

    • quiltrx

      Looks like the hair will be floppy and fabulous again in no time!

    • eurotiales

      He probably thought he gets a say, as a writer and a fanboy. I’m a bit over Gaiman’s need to write fanfic-as-canon.

      • fursa_saida

        Huh? Since he’s written scripts that were approved by the showrunners, shot and aired by the show, how is that fanfic-as-canon? How is it anything but canon? I could go on about the hundreds of TV shows that are 100% fanfic, but it’s tangential.

        I’m legitimately just confused, not particularly trying to defend Gaiman–his “not quite, not yet” comments about a female Doctor put me off pretty good. (I agree with TLo that Moffat should under no circumstances be allowed to write a female protagonist, but that’s certainly not what Gaiman was getting at.)

    • Claudia

      I’d never really considered it before, but you’re so bang on about Moffat not being the one to write a female doctor. He’s definitely not the man to do it. Would LOVE to see HBC as the Doctor written by Gaiman, but I’ve got such a soft spot for that guy! Do you reckon we could convince Sir Terry to take a crack at it before we lose him? That could be way cool…
      Matt is super cute and I’m really gonna miss him, but I’m looking forward to seeing the older Doctor/younger companion dynamic. I never watched Old Who, so its while its a return to form for some, it’ll be a whole new shebang for me.

    • Qitkat

      I’m thrilled with Peter Capaldi, and I’ve not been familiar with his work at all. But once I saw him, heard him, and read his credentials, he sounded perfect. It was time to bring back an older, crankier Doctor. As for a person of color, and/or a woman, some day that time will come, and in agreement with many, Moffatt ought not be the one writing for them at that point. HBC and Emma Thompson are both genius ideas, but I’d rather see someone less familiar in the role. And perhaps, the last of the Time Lords will be meant literally, when they then can go full speed with a Time Lady. And please, have River engage with the new Doctor. I love her, and think she will be awesome with someone new. She worked well with both Tennant and Smith.

    • Tina Power

      I love Matt so much more with the short hair.

    • Pterodactyl111

      Can we say positive things about Matt’s friend? Because I like his shirt a great deal.

    • formerlyAnon

      I think he was just replying to a comment/question on his website? Considering how much in the way of opinion and personal anecdote of questionable general interest *I* put out there on line, I imagine it’s easy to say a lot, maybe sometimes too much, when you have actual legions of fans asking you to talk/share/bloviate in various fora.

    • CT14

      Matt can wear anything, can’t he?

    • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

      First, oh my god. Where do I get Matt’s jacket?

      Second, I am now willing to admit that my brief fling with Doctor Who was less about the show and more about my fangurl crush on Matt Smith. There, I said it. Also, Stephen Moffat is a jackass.

      • Qitkat

        I admit I definitely came to Who for my fangurl crush on David Tennant, which has never gone away. But I stayed to learn to adore Matt in a different kind of way. I’m mostly neutral on SM, but I’ve read that lots of folks feel the way you do.

        • Corsetmaker

          It’s odd, I’m seeing a lot of that, yet the forum I’m on now and then is generally pro-Moffat. I have mixed feelings on him, But then I did about RTD too. I think it’s a bit of a no win situation at times for the Who showrunner.

          • Qitkat

            I imagine that last sentence holds true for many shows, but the Who fanbase can be particularly rabid and opinionated at times. Just curious, what is your favorite forum for the show? I’ve looked around at several different ones, but never decided which one came closest to my feelings. Some folks love episodes I have been indifferent or disappointed in, other bloggers hate episodes I absolutely loved. The Wedding of River Song is a good example of the latter. I’ve been an inconsistent SciFi/fantasy fan for over 40 years, but my experience with Who is mainly with NuWho.

            • Corsetmaker

              I pop in and out of Digital Spy, it has a dedicated Who section. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don’t. And like every forum, it has it’s share of idiots :) The actual Who sites are a bit of a step too far.
              I grew up with it, but I couldn’t quote back old episodes or anything as I don’t have dvd’s or anything. But it was just sort of always there, and you always watched it. Until they messed up the timeslot and killed it. But in the Baker years the Doctor was as tangible a character as Santa Claus :)

    • Danielle

      I would have loved to see Idris Elba as the 12th doctor.

    • redhead with tattoos

      He’s even more attractive now that the buzz cut is growing out.

      How do I become drinking buddies with Matt Smith? C’mon, universe, let’s make this happen.

    • Crystal

      HELENA BONHAM CARTER WOULD BE PERFECTION.