Eighth Doctor actor Paul McGann reckons that future Doctor Matt Smith got the gig entirely due to his hair.
A quick memory access through the history of Doctor Who does recall that the lead character has always been the beneficiary of both interesting hair and sartorial flavour (except the Ninth – but that was the exception that proves the rule).
Paul McGann reckon’s the role is all about the hair – especially since his audition in 1995 attracted barnet-related banter.
"Matt said that in auditions they could not stop talking about his hair," said McGann.
"They were telling him his hair was wonderful – that’s exactly what happened to me when i got the part. Current Doctor David Tennant also has striking hair. Basically, if you’ve got long or big hair, you’ve got the job."
Top bloke McGann is more than happy with the choice of this particular successor too
McGann was full of praise for the actor saying: "He is an absolute knockout choice – a fabulous actor with a very odd quality about him, which you need as the character."
The way things are going, Matt Smith is even more popular a choice than David Tennant was – before he even films a scene!