Okay, so it has to be asked, is Matt Smith – the actor who plays the current, 11th regeneration, of The Doctor on the popular BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who – a real time traveler?
This may seem like a silly question at first. It’s all a little wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey, but some recent photographic evidence has cropped up that begs the question.
An old black and white photograph of the Beatles shows a person sitting in the foreground who bares a very uncanny resemblance to Mr Smith – if that is his real name…
(I also find this funny, because the few times The Doctor has had to use an alias within the series he has always opted for “John Smith” and both John and Matt are equally common, generic names.)
Here’s the photo in question, originally posted on TARDIS Junkyard:
And here’s Matt Smith:
And again in profile:
I couldn’t find a good image of him at a similar angle to the one in the Beatles shot, which I hardly feel is a coincidence, but I’ve seen enough episodes of the show to have seen the actor in similar poses at one point or another, and I have to agree that there’s definitely more than a passing resemblance.
I’m also not the only one.
One fan sent a link with the image to Steven Moffat (the current series showrunner) on Twitter, to which he replied that they now need to make a Doctor/Beatles episode to explain it. After the fact. In wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey fashion.
Here’s the exchange:
@HolyFrell: @steven_moffat Is Matt a REAL time traveler? This photo is 100% real – uncanny resemblance isn’t it? :D http://twitpic.com/9dc40q
@steven_moffat: @HolyFrell Bloody hell!!! Clearly we’re going to make that episode!! Wonder what it will be like.
Apparently this is not the first time such an episode has been considered either. The subject of a Doctor Who episode featuring the Beatles was once discussed with Neil Gaiman. And, despite being on the air since the 1960′s (at the height of the Beatles popularity) such an episode has yet to occur, though the show has at least mentioned the band on numerous occasions.
Although I’ll eagerly await the episode, and do realize the photograph is (most likely) just a giant coincidence, it still makes you wonder…