Matt Smith’s time as the beloved eleventh Doctor is almost here and he recently revealed that his final episode, the 2013 christmas special, began filming today Sunday, September 8th.
Smith attended the GQ awards in London on Tuesday with a unually close shave. He told the press that he “did it for a film” and as a result will have to wear a wig during the filming of the Christmas Special. Although he said the wig ‘is a nightmare’ he added that he was extremely excited to shoot his final episode as the time traveling Doctor.
Smith’s buzz cut is due to him being cast in the Gosling-directed movie How To Catch A Monster, in which Smith will make his American movie debut as “a real lunatic” named Bones.
The haircut caused a bit of tension in the Who camp back in July. While at a film conference, Dr. Who writer and executive producer Steven Moffat saw Smith’s hair and said “Damn you and Ryan Gosling and your shaved head!”. Smith joked that he was applying fertilizer to his head to have his hair grown back by September. Smith explained, “I need a quiff!”
Smith will be succeeded by Glaswegian actor Peter Capaldi as the Twelth Doctor in the new year after Smith’s Doctor regenerates. Back in August, show writer and producer Steven Moffat revealed that the new Doctor will keep his Scottish accent and will be an “older, trickier and fiercer Doctor”.