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Terminator: Genesis Adds Another Time Traveler In Doctor Who’s Matt Smith

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Matt Smith doctor whoOne of the joys of science fiction is seeing fan favorite actors stick with the genre across different projects. Arnold Schwarzenegger cemented his sci-fi legacy with iconic roles in Predator, Total Recall, and of course the Terminator series. For Alan Taylor’s currently-in-production Terminator: Genesis, Schwarzenegger may share the screen with none other than Doctor Who. Or, at least the eleventh incarnation of him, as Paramount and Skydance Productions have added British actor Matt Smith to the quasi-sequel. They’ve got to let him wear a bowtie, right?

It’s hard to think of someone better to bring into a time travelling adventure than someone who was once a proper Time Lord. Unfortunately, Paramount and Skydance are being cagey with Smith’s character specifics, describing him only as “a new character with a strong connection to John Connor.” Which, at this point in the redevelopment of this central storyline, could mean just about anything. Is he the friendly resistance mail carrier? Will the somewhat svelte actor play a badass soldier of some kind? Maybe a half-brother that John never knew about? I could keep this hypothetical train chugging all day long.

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Matt Smith Sends A Personal Message To A Young Fan With An Inoperable Brain Tumor

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One of the reasons Doctor Who has lasted so long and resonated with so many is because the role is so aspirational. We all wish we were as brave and smart and clever and compassionate as the Doctor. But at the same time, the character also reflects those hopes back at us, because the time lord is forever seeing the potential in our species — the ways we could be better and kinder and stronger than we are right now. Case in point: actor Matt Smith, who took a few moments out of his day for a simple act of kindness for a young, ill fan.

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Matt Smith Might Have One Last Doctor Who Appearance

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SmithThe age of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor is well under way. While we’re still months away from seeing his first episode, filming has commenced and we recently got to see the outfit his Doctor will be sporting throughout time and space. It’s exciting, and it feels like there hasn’t been as much mourning as there was after David Tennant left. That’s not to say Smith wasn’t beloved by fans, but his regeneration was less tragic, more thoughtful than the Tenth Doctor’s “I don’t want to go,” so I think it’s easier for many fans to embrace the new guy. But while we’ve already seen the Doctor regenerate into his new form, it turns out the Eleventh Doctor might have one last task to complete.

SPOILERS, SWEETIE!

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The Eleventh Doctor’s Ten Best Moments

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SmithThe Time of the Doctor has come and gone, and we’ve all said farewell to Matt Smith and howdy-ho to the new guy. Now we’re taking a moment to look back at the Doctor who was, the guy who slowly won us over after the pain of losing David Tennant. Here are the Eleventh Doctor’s Ten Best Moments, in chronological order. (Did we miss one of your favorites? Sound off in the comments!) Needless to say, spoilers!

“Basically…run.” (“The Eleventh Hour”)
I spent most of the length of Matt Smith’s premiere episode fidgeting nervously and silently comparing Smith to the departed Tennant, a comparison that didn’t favor the new guy. It seemed every quirk and catchphrase was designed to irritate me, from “Geronimo!” to the fish sticks and custard. But then came this scene, a beautifully crafted tip of the hat to the show’s long history, capped by the moment Smith truly won me over, proving that he could do subsurface darkness as well as whimsy, and that he might just have what it takes to fill the Doctor’s shoes (or bow tie) after all.

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Matt Smith’s Time Is Up In The Time Of The Doctor: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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SmithXmasIt’s all come down to this: Matt Smith’s final hour as the Doctor. After three seasons playing the wandering Time Lord, the Eleventh Doctor’s time has come, and we know one thing for certain: by the time the latest Christmas special is over, the era of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will have begun. And it the rumors are true, showrunner Steven Moffat will have cleared the deck for the show to carry on through another five decades of life.

We won’t delve into those rumors here, because if you’ve managed to remain unspoiled this long, who are we to ruin the fun? Instead we’ll give you the basics: the official synopsis from the BBC and the trailer. You’ve got Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, the Silence, and that place the Doctor most dreads: Trenzalore. The Time of the Doctor premieres tonight at 9/8c.

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars — and amongst them, the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

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Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat Says Matt Smith’s Regeneration Will Be Different Than Tennant’s

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DoctorsThe notion of Doctor Who‘s Time Lord regeneration was initially a matter of necessity. With original Doctor actor William Hartnell having increasing difficulty remembering his lines, the BBC and the show’s producers faced the unhappy prospect of having to replace their lead actor. Since they were dealing with an alien species nobody knew much about, they cooked up the very clever idea that Time Lords, at the end of their life, could regenerate into a new body and start all over again. Those regenerations have been handled a variety of ways over the years, but when it came time for David Tennant’s Doctor to regenerate into Matt Smith’s version, then-showrunner Russell T Davies took an uncharacteristically somber approach, treading it much more like an actual death than the earlier instances had. With Smith himself now poised to step aside for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, executive producer Steven Moffat has promised fans that this regeneration will be very different from Tennant’s.