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Published on April 3rd, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Matt Smith: Doctor Hair

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!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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