How to Catch a Monster

Matt Smith, Skinhead!?


A Doctor and his hair. The look of a Doctor can be defined by his hair. Patrick Troughton’s Beatle mop, Jon Pertwee’s perfectly coiffed do, Tom Baker’s crazy curls; their hairdos are almost as memorable as the men who wore them! When Christopher Ecceslton took on the role in 2005 his almost bald look was shocking. Then there was David Tennant’s unruly top which basically turn The Doctor’s hair into an art form of expression. The current Doctor, Matt Smith‘s wild head of hair is as precariously coiffed as Pertwee’s but also as malleable as Tennant’s, and has cemented the iconic look of the Eleventh Doctor along with his bow tie and suspenders.

But, dear god!, what’s happened!?


AHH! What happened to his hair!? It’s…it’s…it’s gone!

Captured on set with director Ryan Gosling – yes, swoon away – for his new flick, How to Catch a Monster, is Smith with a very, very different look. My immediate thought, well, I’m guessing this means filming has wrapped on Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special. My second thought, how will his hair grow back in time for Who to begin filming again in the fall!?

Two possibilities. The first, far more likely, is The Doctor’s hair will just be a little shorter for this year’s Christmas Special. Maybe there’ll even be a clever reason why. Here’s the second, unlikely, and oh-god-I-hope-is-false theory: the 50th anniversary special really is Smith’s last hurrah as The Doctor.

Hmm, and now I’m wondering about those John Hurt rumors and how they may play a role in all of this. What are you bastards thinking? A lot of freakin’ out over some hair that could very well grow back in time to film the 2013 Christmas special? Or has Smith really moved on?

Source: Doctor Who TV


Matt Smith has been cast for his first American film role by Ryan Gosling. The movie, How to Catch a Monster will find Smith starring opposite Christina Hendricks. That should get many a fan girl and boy’s hearts racing. The story is Gosling’s own, a noir-style urban fantasy which Empire described as:

Against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, [HtCaM] finds Billy (Hendricks), a single mother of two who usually works in a fetish club, swept into a dark fantasy underworld. While that’s happening, her teenaged son finds a secret road leading into an underwater town. Mother and son must figure out various mysteries if they want to keep their family alive.

This also marks Gosling’s first time in the director’s chair and Gosling has gathered a stellar cast to make the whole first time process a little easier, Smith and Hendricks are joined by Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn. Shooting begins later this Spring with a release date some time in 2014. This should not conflict with any shooting Smith will be doing for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special as How to Catch a Monster should wrap up shooting well before the Doctor Who special’s production shooting begins.

What do you think? It will be interesting to find out what Gosling’s directorial style will turn out to be. Will he be an actor’s director or an over zealous micromanaging tyrant? Will fans be able to mentally separate Smith from his character as the Doctor? Can Smith pull off a character other than the Doctor?

As we get more clips, teasers, stills, or interviews about the project we’ll bring them to you here.

Via: The MarySue

Well, this is interesting. Drive star Ryan Gosling (anyone else memba him from that Goosebumps Ep. Say Cheese and Die?) has been bitten by the directing bug. According to Deadline,  Gosling  has signed on to write and direct How to Catch a Monster.  Gosling will direct his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) in the lead.

Here’s the film’s premise:

Written and directed by Ryan Gosling, How to Catch a Monster weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.

Very interesting news indeed. This is Goslings first attempt at creating and managing something all his own. And, a fantasy  to boot? Wow, that’s really bold.

I for one,  have come to respect him as a talented actor . This Wizard of Oz/Labyrinth-esque fantasy  sounds interesting. I wish him the best of luck.

Oh, and it goes without saying, but  Ryan will definitely have more than a handful with Christina Hendricks (if you know what I mean).

How to Catch a Monster is set to begin production in the spring of 2013