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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: First Promo Pic From Season 4 of The Walking Dead


Warning: the following image contains both Ryan Gosling and Matt Smith with a shaved head. (BuzzFeed)

To Disney, no one is too short for a stormtrooper, not where 3D printed figurines are involved. (Gizmodo)

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  • Anonymous

    The ears, my god, THE EARS! Why did I click that link?

    The man has a ridiculous chin, bow-legs, a lumpy head, no eyebrows and goblin ears (THE EARS!). The fact that he’s playing the Doctor, and not an Igor is a gorram miracle.

    Also, I may be paranoid here, but do you guys remember our first meeting with River Song? When she says the Doctor showed up with a new coat and a haircut right before her trip to the library? Because they’re shooting season 8 in autumn and there’s no way he’ll get his regular floppy hair back by then. So are we about to see the Singing Towers and say goodbye to River?

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Wow, let’s make more negative remarks about someone’s physical appearance for no reason. (sarcasm)

  • Anonymous

    Hey, there’s a female stormtrooper in there. Yeah for gender equality in tyrannical oppression.
    PS – Is it me or does she look like Leia?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that escalated quickly…

    I love Matt Smith to pieces and I love the fact that someone with such, let’s call it “interesting physique”, is playing such a beloved and charismatic character. We’ve all seen what TV/movies tend to do – a hero has to be physically perfect (the Hollywood version of perfect), ugly or just unconventional-looking people tend to play villains or comic-relief characters.

    That’s all I meant – “floppy hair makes a big difference and thumbs up for casting a Doctor who doesn’t look like Prince Charming (which wasn’t so obvious with the floppy hair)”. What’s so bad about that comment, if I may ask?

  • Magic Xylophone

    Dude looks, like, five times more badass with the buzz.

  • Totz_the_Plaid

    I dunno, that’s more like a buzz cut than an actual shaved head on Matt Smith there…

  • David Keith

    Oh crap! I guess that means he’s done as Who!

  • Anonymous

    I scrolled up to make sure we were thinking of the same person.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    It was more this bit that made me respond:

    “The man has a ridiculous chin, bow-legs, a lumpy head, no eyebrows and goblin ears (THE EARS!). The fact that he’s playing the Doctor, and not an Igor is a gorram miracle.”

    Seemed harsh and wholly unecessary to say about someone you “love to pieces” and certainly didn’t read to me as you were simply thankful entertainment went with someone you don’t find classically attractive.

  • Anonymous

    Well, okay, could have made it clearer that the miracle I was talking about was not because I think that people I don’t find attractive should play shambling stereotypes, but because Matt Smith doesn’t look like someone you’d expect to be cast as a hero of a primetime television show.

    And about it being “harsh and unnecessary” – the phrase “ridiculous chin” comes directly from the show. As do many other small digs about the Doctor’s (and other characters’) looks. I’m not trying to be mean here, I’m just saying “dear lord, how did I never notice all that?”, because we all do that – when we love the character, we don’t notice that he’s got a crooked nose or a silly haircut. It’s like that speech Amy gives about Rory’s “stupid face” – “their face just sort of becomes them”.

    I think you’re getting needlessly worked up over something that was not meant to be hurtful in any way. What’s more, you’re getting worked up on the behalf of an actor, whose looks are discussed and commented on every time he appears in public or on the screen, which seems rather pointless.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I’m the Associate Editor of The Mary Sue. I’m not getting worked up, I’m trying to maintain a safe commenting community for your fellow readers. There are plenty of sites out there that dissect actors’ appearances negatively on a regular basis, we’re not one of them. So no, I don’t feel it’s pointless to call you out on this, and I would have done it no matter who you were talking about.

    Your original comment may not have been meant as a dig on the actor but it certainly read that way. You picked apart several bit of his body – consider how that would have read if you were speaking about a female actress instead.

    Again, I understand now you were trying to make the point about actors with certain looks usually getting X, Y, or Z roles but perhaps next time make that point without going into such specific physical detail about the individual.

  • Anonymous

    Very well, if you feel that this kind of comment is crossing the line into the “unsafe” territory, I’ll do my best to hold my tongue in the future. I’m used to fandom discussions where that sort of thing would be considered rather mild. Different places, different rules, I suppose.

    And you know what, actually I’d like to say thanks for giving me one of the most civil talking-tos I’ve ever seen from the Senior Management of a fandom site. I’ve met some mods/editors who ban first and ask questions later.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    And I thank YOU for also staying civil, we’re not used to that either.

  • Erica Henry Rein

    Hooray for the Great Muppet Caper shootout!