Note: the following is only of interest if you watch Doctor Who, so I’m posting it below the cut. For the rest of you, here’s a picture of a squirrel in a zoot suit.
Okay, so I’ve watched the special Doctor Who: Confidential where they announced the 11th Doctor (don’t ask how I got it) and I may have spoken too soon in my (admittedly sarcastic) comment about the new Doctor being younger and prettier than me. He’s 26, yes, and is, I suppose, a handsome enough chap, but he’s not pretty. His face has an oddly- anguled quality that suggests a sort of Pertwee+Eccleston+Davison cross-breed. Not a bad idea, considering that David Tennant was the first Doctor Who actor to become an international sex symbol – someone needed to return the Doctor to the realm of the eccentric, and Matt Smith is just the man to do it.
Mind you, I’ve never seen him in anything, and neither have you, unless you’re a huge Phillip Pullman fan and you’ve seen him in the BBC’s Ruby and the Smoke, opposite Billie Piper. They showed some clips on Confidential of the two of them running from explosions in Victorian garb, which seemed nicely Doctor Who-ish.
Apparently, he nailed the audition, and it’s probably a good thing that the role is going to a relative unknown. Tom Baker was unknown before he played Doctor Who. Sylvester McCoy was too, for the most part, unless you hung out with circus performers. And, after two established actors “held the keys to the TARDIS” (as I’m required to say here) it’s good that they’re experimenting. Sure, I would have loved to have seen Patterson Joseph or Chiwetel Eijofor or Catherine Zeta-Jones (seriously, some people were saying it was gonna be her), but a young unknown isn’t a bad idea.
So: we’ll see. We won’t see him in action until next year (Spring 2010) but I’m looking forward to seeing what he does.