Doctor Who thing of the day: a brief history of facial hair on Doctor Who

David Tennant

One of the things I like about the new Doctor Who is that the Doctor has stubble sometimes. Sometimes even shadow. Just like a real man! This was never the case on the old show.

I’m not the only person who has paid attention to such matters. Check out Den of Geek’s “Doctor Who’s ten best uses of facial hair”:

10. The Doctor

In Day of the Moon, Matt Smith makes a Doctor Who first when, having been imprisoned in Area 51 for some ungodly span, sprouts a beard that would do any hippie proud. This raises a huge existential question of how much time previous Doctors spent grooming themselves. For nearly fifty years, the Doctor never so much as sported even two o’clock shadow, save for Tom Baker’s impressive sideburns. It’s possible the effects of the TARDIS do much to keep its crew looking youthful – as evidenced with the disappearing beard of Steven (Peter Purves), or non-beards of everyone from Adric to Captain Jack.

You have to click through for the photos, and for DoG’s other nine choices. I’m a little disappointed they left out the Fifth Doctor’s fancy sideburns…

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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