‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: BBC forced to talk about Matt Smith naked
There’s so much cool Doctor Who stuff in the universe, and I suspect we’re going to be starving for new Doctor Who stuff to talk about in two weeks, when the current series wraps up (well, except for my classic Doctor Who blogging and whatever other goodies I may be cooking up), that I think it’s about time to institute the “Doctor Who Thing of the Day.” So here we go.
Sci Fi Wire wonders:
If you own a DVR and recorded the Doctor Who episode “The Lodger,” did you pause, rewind and repeat during a bathroom scene in which Matt Smith dropped his towel?
And then Sci Fi Wire links to the Daily Star, which of course covers the story with the typical class and panache of the British tabloid press:
MATT Smith gave telly fans a glimpse of more than just his sonic screwdriver after turning into Doctor Nude.
Web forums went into meltdown last night after hawk-eyed Who fans said they had seen the Time Lord’s willy.
It was a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment that lasted a fraction of a second in the 6.45pm show.
But, within minutes, fan sites and forums were buzzing with claims that Doctor Who could boast of being Doctor Huge.
I would like to note that while it may appear that I did a lot of pause/rewind/repeat myself, I swear to the gods that I didn’t… at least not specifically with regards to the towel moment. I’m watching all of these episodes on slo-mo, with lots of rewinding and watching again — it takes me at least two to three times the actual running time on my final go-round through each episode to prepare my posts. And when I did happen to accidently freeze on the, er, apparent naughty bits, I thought it was pretty funny, but I also figured that the actor would not actually have been naked.
And indeed, this is what the BBC is saying (via Digital Spy):
[A] BBC spokesperson said: “Fans might speculate about what they saw. But I can assure them that Matt wasn’t totally naked when he filmed these scenes. He was sporting an item to protect his modesty.”
I mean: Of course. Anyone who knows anything about film and TV production should have assumed this.
That doesn’t mean we don’t like to think about the notion of the Doctor nude, however…
(h/t to reader Lisa in comments)
(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)
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