It’s clear now that Matt Smith’s hair — which he shaved off to star in the movie How To Catch a Monster — will not be back to its customary flowy, floppy impressiveness in time to film the DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special, so the question becomes: to wig, or not to wig?
While there is little doubt the BBC Wales hair & makeup department would be up to the task of making a wig to replicate the 11th Doctor’s signature mane, there is an opportunity to incorporate Matt’s unnaturally denuded pate into the story. Matt himself suggested:
“The coif will be there for the finale in some way, shape, or form, but I think it could be quite funny to have the bald hair. I think you could have, like, that Macaulay Culkin scene in Home Alone when he, like, slaps on the aftershave. I think the Doctor could sort of wake up and be, like, ‘Ah!’ I’m sure [executive producer] Steven [Moffat] will come up with something. He’ll come up with something clever.”
I was thinking, how funny would it be for the episode to start with the Doctor and Clara strolling into the TARDIS, with the Doctor yawning about how boring this particular new planet turned out to be — when Clara gasps, “Doctor — what happened to your hair?” It turns out the planet’s atmosphere made the Time Lord’s hair fall out, but had no effect on Clara’s coif.
In addition to being funny, the scene could be depicted as showing there really are consequences to the Doctor’s gamboling about the universe.