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So this question came up today - my husband asked me and my best friend, "Is Matt Smith handsome?" We both answered no, but the Doctor is charismatic and attractive.

What do you think? Objectively, without considering him playing the Doctor or any other role, or as himself (since from all I've seen, he's a very dynamic guy), is Matt Smith facially handsome?

We then talked a bit more about different actors, and my friend and I agreed on most points. Tennant's handsome, but not overwhelmingly so. (In fact, when telling my sister about him last week - she had no idea who he is - and showing her a picture, she said, "You think he's handsome??") Like Smith, he's far more handsome when backed by either personality or talent. Hiddleston is our favorite of the hyper-popular British actors (neither of us finds Cumberbatch handsome), and that took the conversation into the Avengers, where again, we both agreed that Chris Evans is best-looking of the bunch. I was actually surprised at how much she and I agreed; I thought she was more into the more rugged type of male face. I definitely prefer more boyish faces.



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Jun. 16th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I don't seem to go for the pretty face at all or the boyish face, and I have to say, I like when there is a bit of character to go with it. I don't think Matt Smith is terribly handsome. That said, his face lent itself to the alien bit of the Doctor; his facial expressions often screamed "not human!" I mean that in a good way.

As for David Tennant, he's got a very interesting face, not very symmetrical. Each feature taken separately might not be so handsome, but put them all together, and you've got quite a package! Still not classically handsome, but I do have to say his eyes are my favorite, they are so expressive and that smile could light up a whole room! He is really skinny, but you get the feeling that there is muscle under there, built for running.

Wait a minute, your sister had no idea who David Tennant is? Wow!

Edited at 2015-06-16 07:34 pm (UTC)
Jun. 16th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
I definitely agree that Matt Smith was a wonderful alien, both because of his unusual face and his masterful portrayal of the character.

I absolutely love Tennant's asymmetry! And yes, his eyes are amazing. Actually, his entire face is so plastic and he utilizes it so well.

Another actor whose talent makes him so much more attractive than he is is Nathan Fillion. He's not my type (that rugged look again), but I know he's already considered handsome, but his ability and his expressiveness just draws me in. I remember there was one scene in Castle where his mother is saying something and the camera cuts to Castle for just a couple of seconds and his expression changes very subtly, and it was so perfect.

Yeah. My sister doesn't watch TV or movies other than what her kids or her husband might turn on, and none of them are especially interested in sci-fi or British programming. The only thing that she'd even heard of that DT had been in was Goblet of Fire, and that's only because her daughter had been into HP when she was younger. And even then, she had no idea who his character was, despite being the main villain. Sadly, I was unable to convince her to watch Broadchurch.
Jun. 17th, 2015 12:55 am (UTC)
I think he's handsome, but I swear it is voodoo because I didn't find him handsome at first. At ALL. David is very...Hollywood pretty. But his personality (like Matt's) just makes them both that much more lovely. And talk about ACTING. My gods. The two of them are powerhouses in the acting biz. One can see how they got the role of the Doctor. Both can say so much with just the twitch of an eyebrow. David was very dynamic. Everything was always moving, even when he was still -

But Matt made me see the centuries in the Doctor. Just with the flicker of a smile or a glance. He was definitely 'The Old Man' and I just enjoyed that aspect. More so when he was being a bouncy silly puppy. The storm always lurked underneath - and he was VERY alien.


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Jun. 17th, 2015 04:26 pm (UTC)
Well, see, that's what we were talking about. Matt Smith isn't handsome until you get to know his personality (either his own or his character's). Lots of people are like that, Tennant included. (Like dtstrainers, I don't think DT is Hollywood pretty. He's attractive because of his personality and the characters he plays so well.) And Eccleston and Capaldi, even.
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Jun. 17th, 2015 02:00 am (UTC)
I agree- presence is everything, and both DT and MS have it in spades. They're not the type to stop conversation when they enter a room but when you do notice them, you wonder why everyone else is still talking. Matt is so typically British and more than slightly awkward, but endearingly so. He's quite talented and can go from goofy to menacing in the blink of an eye. However, having said that, I'd never had a celebrity crush before DT, which isn't to say that I didn't find people physically attractive. I thought David Duchovney was lovely back in the day, and Harrison Ford before him but as a child brought up watching old movies from the back of my parents car at the last drive-in in Florida that only classic films, I fell in love with the Scottish accent of Sean Connery and I guess that early imprint has still held sway over my heart til this day.

As for DT being Hollywood pretty- you really think so? I love how different he can look in his roles, seemingly almost effortlessly. But I always have thought the British have a much wider definition of what is attractive and they give high marks for quick wit and charm, which all of the aforementioned actors have in spades. I'd much rather watch any one of them than Tom Cruise, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt or any other so-called Hollywood star.
Jun. 17th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
I agree with you that DT isn't conventionally attractive. He's good-looking, but not like Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. He's definitely a chameleon, but in a very interesting way. Outwardly, he doesn't look very different in most of his roles - almost always clean-shaven, with short hair - but he's completely different each because he completely morphs into the character, infusing them with different expressions and mannerisms and personalities. Unlike Cumberbatch, who looks and feels like exactly the same character every time - Khan and Sherlock look completely different, but are pretty much the same.

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Jun. 18th, 2015 03:03 pm (UTC)
I was wondering when Harrison Ford was going to come into this discussion. Him, too... the individual features just don't seem like they should work, but put them together and, well... the eyes also are most expressive, that is what pulls me in. Not a pretty boy by any stretch!

You're right about Matt, he's endearingly awkward, but can go from crazy goofy to the biggest menace in the room in the blink of an eye. You really can believe he's an alien!
Jun. 17th, 2015 03:49 am (UTC)
Well, here's my unpopular opinion: I think Tom Hiddleston looks like a serial killer, especially as Loki. Do not find him remotely attractive at all. I don't really feel an attraction to Benedict Cumberbatch, either.

Matt Smith isn't conventionally attractive, but he's not ugly, either. I don't know that I'd call him handsome, though.

Obviously, I'm attracted to Tennant (understatement of the century), but even though I had seen all the Harry Potter movies, I didn't make the connection that he was Barty Crouch Jr until later. I had no idea who he was before I started watching Doctor Who. His portrayal of the Doctor was definitely what made him attractive to me, but I am a sapiosexual, so there's that. I find him handsome now, but I imagine he probably would've flown under my radar if I had never watched Doctor Who.
Jun. 17th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can definitely see how Hiddleston looks like a serial killer. :)

I didn't know who DT was either. I remember seeing HP4 in the theater and telling my husband that I'd heard that that guy is going to be the next Doctor, but that's it. I never saw anything else he'd done until I started watching DW in 2013, and his Doctor just blew me away - both the characterization of the Doctor and his performance. And then Alec Hardy - that's my favorite role of his and the one that made me a fangirl.

"Sapiosexual". Thanks for the new word! I'm definitely a sapiosexual.
Jun. 17th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
My answer is kind of wibbly-wobbly: I can see where people who would use that word for Matt Smith are coming from, but I'm not sure I would use it myself. He can sometimes look attractive or cute, and dressed certain ways or in certain photos I might go "yeah, I guess he's fairly good-looking," but he doesn't quite tick my box.

I don't get the internet's fetish for Cumberbatch; he's way off from handsome to me.

Tom Hiddleston is probably the most solidly handsome of the bunch.

I am utterly incapable of being objective about David Tennant. Sort of the inverse of Matt, if someone wanted to say "I don't think handsome is quite the right word" I could see where they are coming from - like, especially a bit younger, he was very much in boyish skinny nerd camp (though I find that extremely attractive) - but my brain wants to use words more like "utterly droolingly gorgeous," so it sort of all falls apart there.

eta: My ideals of attractiveness in men are a bit off the average to begin with, though. I am often into skinny, even scrawny, rather feminine face/limbed types with long hair. David is actually a bit of a departure for me in that sense, although he does have the kind of narrow face, pointed-chin shape I do like. (And DEM EYES THO.) I am really not into the whole standard rugged square-jawed with muscles aesthetic, although there are some such faces I can appreciate as "well, I guess others would say they were handsome, this is a good photo, etc" - but we're back to the wibbly wobbly there. Inevitably with the "built" types I am always saying "ew, too much muscle."

Edited at 2015-06-17 06:53 pm (UTC)
Jun. 17th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
I like the boyish skinny nerds! My husband was a boyish skinny nerd. Now he's more of a boyish potato nerd. But he's still very handsome.

And I feel exactly the same way about rugged, muscly types. I remember when growing up, everyone was drooling over Tom Selleck, and I just never understood it.

I can step back and say that DT is not traditionally handsome, but in my mind, he is so entwined with his characters that he portrayed so well - the Doctor, Alec Hardy, Peter Vincent, Arthur Eddington, to name a few that were so enthralling - and he has so much personal charisma, that he has become in my mind utterly droolingly gorgeous.
Jun. 18th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
[My ideals of attractiveness in men are a bit off the average to begin with, though. I am often into skinny, even scrawny, rather feminine face...] Have you seen David Tennant dressed up as a woman? He could out-female many women, he just pulls it off so well! And his Richard II was also supposed to be somewhat on the ambiguous side, long wavy hair, fine features....

I agree about the muscle types, eww! They spend too much time sculpting themselves. There's healthy and then there's that vanity in just showing off, and I don't like it. I much prefer brains than brawn!
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Jun. 21st, 2015 12:38 pm (UTC)
I didn't think Matt was handsome at all before seeing him play the Doctor, then I pretty much fell in love ;) I mostly find him attractive when playing the Doctor indeed. However, I do think he has some unconventional beauty/charisma/charm going on, whichever way you want to call it. No sex symbol, but good eye-candy material ;)
Jun. 21st, 2015 07:14 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! The charisma is the key. I think they did a good job with all of the Doctors, matching the actor to the Doctor they wanted to characterize, to let their charisma shine through. Just trying to imagine one actor playing a different Doctor, a lot of them just wouldn't work.
Jun. 24th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
Completely agreeing :) They were just great fits! (I wonder if the actor choice didn't also strongly influence the characterization; that would depend on how casting vs. writing were timed.)
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