Tomorrow Doctor Who fans worldwide will be huddled in front of their television screens and shoddy livestream connections to watch an unprecedented simulcast of the show’s 50th Anniversary Special: The Day Of The Doctor. In honor of the event, we’re looking back (and in a few cases, forward) at the hottest time travelers of all time. Now, we’ve already ranked the hottest Doctor Who companions (so, no Jack Harkness or Amy Pond on this list, boys and girls), but this time we’re looking at mad scientists, romantic heroes, and more than one Time Lord who goes by the name of “Doctor.”
By Lauren Thompson
Doctor Who’s titular Doctor and fan favorite Matt Smith took San Diego Comic Con by storm this past weekend to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Special of the show. The exciting 3D special will be Matt’s penultimate episode before he departs the series and is replaced by a new actor. After four years playing the time traveling alien, Matt has decided it’s time to move on from the show. We spoke with Matt about his future in television and if he would ever consider taking on another long running series as a regular.
Doctor Who fans are supposed to be in for a big treat–and a big reveal tonight. Not only is tonight’s episode the season finale, but after 50 years of teases, we are supposed to finally find out what the Doctor’s name really is.
So what could it be? We have a few ideas of our own…
Dr. Who star Matt Smith pretty much bowled us over at the 2011 Scream Awards last weekend. From his well-regarded work on the BBC/SyFy series, we already knew that he was equal parts dashing and down-to-earth, but VH1’s own Kate Spencer became a firsthand witness to the overall sweetness of the Best Science Fiction Actor award winner after chatting with him on the red carpet and backstage. During one of their conversations, Kate posed the question to Smith about his future on the program, and when American audiences could expect to be seeing more of him on these shores. Smith’s controversial reply?
“Well, hopefully soon, you know. I’ve got another year of Doctor Who, but then I’m certainly going to come and give it a shot – come and hang out in LA.”
The passionate Dr. Who fan community has taken this statement to mean that Smith might be preparing to leave the beloved franchise, which is just about to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary (!), when his contract expires next year. Smith has yet to clarify this statement by coming forward with his true intentions for his future as Dr. Who, but whether he’s just a savvy negotiator or feels it’s time that he tests the Hollywood waters a bit further, we’re pretty confident that if we had access to our own TARDIS time machine, we’d discover that he’s got a long and successful career ahead of him.
Dr. Who star Matt Smith took home the award for Best Science Fiction Actor at the Scream Awards, and I was enough lucky to chat with him twice through out the night, on the red carpet and backstage after his win. How do I say this without sounding like a creepy, fangirl weirdo: HE IS THE NICEST MAN ALIVE. Seriously, he was goofy and sweet and genuinely humble and he did not laugh at my usage of the term Brit Pack. The guy is a gem. He’s also an incredibly talented actor who’s destined for big screen greatness. Mark my words.
Matt mentioned that he had been videotaping parts of the show to send to his girlfriend, model Daisy Lowe (awww), and we got on the topic of celebrity couples (he doesn’t think they are one) and the unwanted fame that goes along with being part of an A-List duo. He touched on the challenges Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart face and echoed their same sentiments about celebrity and fame (they’re just not that into it). Watch his comments above. Oh how we wish we could hook these guys up on a friend date. They could hide in a pub and chain smoke and drink Heinekens and swap tips on avoiding the paparazzi.
The actor also spoke highly of his dear friend Andrew Garfield. “He’ll be brilliant” as Spiderman, says Smith. (Clip after the jump.) We definitely agree. Read more…
I started my day at the Spike Scream Awards on a shuttle bus, which carried press past Wisteria Lane (so cool!) and the Jaws set all the way to the outdoor amphitheater which housed the show. I ended the night washing down a slider with some red wine after a bear hug from Cuba Gooding Jr. Wanna know what happened in between? Read on for my account of the 11 Best Behind-the-Scene Moments at the Spike Scream Awards. I was there. For eight hours. And I screamed a lot…in a fangirl-y sorta way.
11. Everyone freaking out over Drive star Ron Perlman hanging out backstage. Nino, guys. Effing NINO. Press and stars alike stared in awe at the celebrated character actor, and I’m going to assume we were all thinking the same thing: “OMG the guy who plays Nino is here. He is so badass. Yep, I’m going to listen to the Drive soundtrack for the 202o13013560th time on my drive home tonight.”
10. Teen Wolf-ers Tyler Posey and Colton Haynes surprising their co-star (and candidate for prettiest redhead in the world) Holland Roden on the red carpet. She screamed – which was more than appropriate considering the night.
9. Lena Headley and Sean Bean from Game of Thrones sharing smokes and beers with Dr. Who star Matt Smith. Beautiful Brits stick together backstage.
8. Joe Manganiello — AKA Alcide on True BloodÃ‚Â — asking me if he could swear on camera after he won Breakout Performance. Obviously I said yes. “It’s f*ckin’ awesome!” was his reply. He is an absolute delight.
Every time someone utters the words “Jeff Buckley biopic” our 15-year-old self sighs deeply and weeps into her flannel shirt. In case you grew up after the Decade the Music Died – aka the mid-90s – Jeff Buckley was a shaggy haired, bony hunk with an angel’s voice, who was destined to save post-grunge rock n’ roll (listen to “Last Goodbye” below). He released one amazing album, Grace, and then tragically and bizarrely drowned in a river while on tour in 1997, crushing the music n’ makeout-filled dreams of every depressed teenage girl lurking around her local Orange Julius with a Discman in hand. A Buckley biopic has been talked about for yearsssssss, but now there’s a director attached – the very likable Jake Scott, who most recently worked with Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo and James Gandolfini in Welcome to the Rileys.
Robert Pattinson is rumored to be into the part and he’d be an interesting choice, because Pattinson can sing – and play guitar – quite well. Like, for reals. And with production set to start in the fall, he may be able to squeeze it in between shooting Cosmopolis in the summer and promoting Breaking Dawn come October/November. (And yes, Jake has directed Rob’s girlfriend, so it’d be all cute and family-ish.)