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Published on May 19th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Eleventh Doctor Look-a-like!

There can’t be many more fates more depressing than being a lookalike.

Cursed by your genes to stand around corporate shindigs while Terry from Sales gawps at you, to work the room while brandishing a prop or two like the only man told it was a cosplay night; to point your face at anyone who’s vaguely interested before being quietly dismissed with a: “Oh, yeah. Kinda.”

At least you can hate clowns. I just feel sorry for the guy who looks like Elton John picking at the vol-au-vents or the girl who looks like Angelina Jolie being hit on by Terry the sales rep…

A Telford man has set himself up for a life of scrutiny by telling the Shropshire Star that he bares a passing resemblance to the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith.

Russell Bridgman, 24, made the fatal connection shortly after Smith had been chosen to be the Doctor. A resemblance that was confirmed by his friends and family who picked up on Russell’s habit of wearing bow ties (it must be true!), something he claims to have done since childhood.

But the transformation wasn’t complete. Russell’s hair was too short so he underwent a radical process to massage the folicals in order to speed up hair…oh, okay he sat around and grew his hair:

“Then I started to get asked by little kids and their parents if I was actually the Doctor.
I was walking down the road and this little kid came up to me and said ‘Excuse me, excuse me, are you Dr Who?’ I didn’t want to disappoint him so I said I was. He then ran off and shouted ‘Mum, mum, it’s Dr Who’.
It’s fun.”

And hopfully Russell, who is by trade a gardener, can successfully ‘plough’ (do gardeners plough?) a new career as a professional shadow:

“I want to start doing a bit of look-alike work and I have been contacted by a couple of agencies, but nothing is for definite yet.”

Personally, i think he looks more like Brasseye creator Chris Morris…

Oh, yeah. Kinda.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




2 Responses to Eleventh Doctor Look-a-like!

  1. 23skidoo says:

    He’s close, but the real lookalike for Matt Smith in my mind remains Crispin Glover. I was watching the original Back to the Future recently and the two could have been brothers.

  2. Steve C says:

    Actually, aside from the nose, he really does. Though as that picture is rubbish you’d be better checking this one out.
    http://www.shropshirestar.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/SD3799170@LA13THEDOCTOR-1.jpg

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