People have asked for my opinion on the new Doctor (#11), the replacement planned for Series 6 which debuts in 2010. (Sadly, the BBC did not take my earlier suggestion.)
The actor in question is a guy named Matt Smith. Now, I’ve not seen a single film or television episode in his repetoire. I’ve read that he’s acted alongside Billie Piper (who played Who companion, Rose Tyler) in two instances, but so have a lot of other people. He’s younger than any other actor to take the role, and though it might appear that this is simply following a trend — Tennant (#10) is younger than Eccleston (#9), Eccleston was younger than McGann (#8), McGann was younger than McCoy (#7) — the age of the actor chosen for the role has risen and fallen often over the show’s 40 year history.
And while it is somewhat interesting that this fellow shares a surname with one of The Doctor’s Earth-bound aliases, I’d hope that it would take more than just being a “Smith” to catch such a plum role.
And already, the rumors are flying about his possible companion. Pop star Lily Allen is in that mix, but that can’t be serious, can it? A possibility from the betting pools (at 14/1) is an actress named Kimberly Nixon, who is right about the same age as Smith.
So why pick Matt Smith? Well, he’s a bit on the emo side. He’s trendilly thin and he’s got this messed-up, bed-head of lanky hair. And check out the pale skin, the lantern jaw, the deep-set eyes … you know, he looks almost …
Oh. Oh, no.
I think I see what happened here.
(Context … like you need it, really.)