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Published on February 20th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Matt in a Reasonably Priced Car

Doctor Who star Matt Smith becomes the latest Time Lord to zip around the Top Gear race track this weekend as he takes part in their weekly challenge, “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car”.

Following in the footsteps of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, Smith will no doubt be hoping to beat both predecessors to win a personal victory over himself.

Or something.

Back in 2005, Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston set an impressive lap time of 1:52.4 in a Suzuki Liana. However curiously he wasn’t qualified to drive like grown ups, and therefore become the only entrant into the challenge to drive a car with automatic transmission.

A couple of years later, David Tennant impressed in a Chevrolet Lacetti where he made the lap in 1:48.8. However he amusingly lost out to his co-star Billie Piper… by a meagre half a second!

How will Matt Smith fare? Will he be permitted to take the time trial in a Type 40 TARDIS? Tune in on Sunday evening on BBC Two to find out!

(Via Radio Times)


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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+.

2 Responses to Matt in a Reasonably Priced Car

  1. avatar Charles Norton says:

    Don’t forget that Colin Baker’s done the Top Gear circuit as well. He was on in about 2003/2004, I think. He was even in costume. Matt Smith will be the fourth Doctor on the show.

    • Good call Charles, thanks!

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