Matt Smith is the fastest Time Lord on the Top Gear test track

The actor beat times set by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant - and Billie Piper

Back in 2012, Matt Smith swiped former Doctor Who star David Tennant’s crown to become the fastest Time Lord to negotiate Top Gear’s infamous test track in the show’s Reasonably Priced Car. Tonight, on BBC3, you can relive that historic moment…


Smith recorded a time of 1:43.7 in a Kia Cee’d, smashing predecessor Tennant’s 1:48.8 set in 2007 in a Chevrolet Lacetti, and ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston’s 1:52.4, recorded in an automatic Suzuki Liana in 2005.

The Eleventh Doctor even beat one-time Who companion Billie Piper, who was half a second faster than Tennant after a controversial run he complained had seen her cutting some corners.

Smith struggled with some turns himself during his practice runs but came good to record the impressive time, keeping calm by humming Singin’ in the Rain as he negotiated the course.

Relive Matt Smith’s Top Gear appearance and Time Lord-beating lap tonight, Thursday 30th April, on BBC3


Watch Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant’s laps here