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Published on September 12th, 2013 | by Philip Bates

Matt’s On Set – With a Wig!

Yesterday, current Doctor Matt Smith donned a wonderful wig to start filming on the 2013 Christmas special – and alas, we won’t be able to say ‘current Doctor’ for much longer.

Christmas 2013

There are plenty of photos of Matt and companion, Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), as they strolled around River View, Cardiff, twirling the trusty sonic screwdriver and proudly displaying a Christmas turkey.

(Which puts an end to the “Kasterborous Theory” that he’s already recorded his regeneration, I guess…)

And fingers crossed the great array of pictures will quieten those worrying about Matt’s wig, after he shaved all his hair off for Ryan Gosling’s How To Catch A Monster.

It certainly isn’t the first time the Doctor has worn a wig. In fact, the First Doctor wore one! It was an exceptional one, don’t you think? Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, famously hated his wig. And the Eleventh Doctor has worn wigs (or at least hair extensions) before, notably in The Wedding of River Song. And Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, must’ve worn a wig, because that hair is unreal. I mean, it’s a miracle. It can’t be real, can it? Can’t be.

(And yes, I know it’s his real hair. Be quiet.)

Jenna at ChristmasA plethora of photos can be seen all over the internet, but especially on Twitter. It’s where social networking excels. Many photos are by Ryan Thomas-Farrell, so big thanks to him for giving us an insight into filming. She-Goat has also provided us with a teasing report:

“As soon as [Matt] climbed out of the car he gave Jenna a big hug and they walked arm in arm towards the crew. Matt proceeded to give several people hugs, which made me wonder if this was the first day he was seeing a lot of the crew as there was far more of a meet-and-greet than normal. The first scene he filmed with Jenna was them leaving the TARDIS and heading towards the flats, dialogue was hard to hear due to the distance and the wind but The Doctor appeared to be berating Clara for disliking Christmas.”

As we all know, if the Who production crew turn up somewhere, fans will follow, eager to see everyone’s favourite Time Lord, his Impossible Girl and that gloriously old-new-borrowed-blue box.

People will probably find fault in the wig – just because – but if they do, there’ll be hell toupee. (I’ll get me coat.)


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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

7 Responses to Matt’s On Set – With a Wig!

  1. avatar vortexter says:

    I’m happy to eat my words and say it looks like he’s got a proper closing story so the regeneration looks set for December.

    And I’m pleased! Matt needs a last proper hurrah. I must say that Jenna sure looks pretty sweet in those pics!

  2. avatar TonyS says:

    Has anyone done the hair today gone tomorrow joke yet?

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    Or referred to Peter Capaldi as the hair apparent?

  4. avatar briblack says:

    He could have shot the regeneration last year. They should probably shoot the Twelve’s future regeneration on his first day on the set, just in case he quits or is unavoidably unavailable to do it in four years.

    • That is a ridiculously barmy comment. I can’t begin to express how stunned I am that anyone would write this on a website and expect their comment to be taken seriously.

  5. avatar drewboynton says:

    The wig looks good (coming soon to stores: The Official 11th Doctor Wig! only 19.95!) and Jenna’s paper hat looks very very good. Wow.

  6. avatar Geoff says:

    Maybe they should pre cast 13, 14 and 15 and pre film their regenerations too, just in case they change their minds or the shoe gets cancelled too.

    Back in the real world JLC looks as stunning as ever. I think next to Nicola Bryant in her pink leotard she is the most exciting thing that’s ever appeared in the show!

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