Yes indeedy, that time has come around yet again, 2013 is drawing to a close, so it’s time to reflect over the 12 months that have gone DTSFT style – which is OGLE AT SOME HOTTIES.
Here are some fine fellows that got our attention this year (you can also check out our Women of the Year here).
Never mind The Day Of The Doctor, 2013 was pretty much The Year Of The Doctor, as one of the UK’s longest running TV shows celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was also the year that we found out that Matt Smith was ending his run as The Doctor and Mr. Capaldi was revealed as his successor in an unnecessarily long TV special. Still, he is a fantastic actor (he was brilliant in The Thick Of It and we got to see a bit of him in action in The Time Of The Doctor) and we can’t wait to watch his version of The Doctor when the new series starts next year.
Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans and Lee Pace
The second part of The Hobbit trilogy was released in early December, and with it brought some familiar faces as well as some new ones. Beautiful blonde elf Legolas returned and he was more badass then ever, kicking serious hiney whenever he was on screen (for those who have seen it, the fight scene that took place along the river really was something, wasn’t it?) He was also joined by his steely and mysterious father, Thandril, which was played superbly by Lee Pace, and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, the ordinary villager who turned out to be pretty nifty with a bow and arrow.
We’ll be seeing more of them in The Hobbit: There And Back Again, which is out next year, and we can’t wait to watch what happens to their characters next.
From saying hello to new characters, to saying farewell to long standing ones. 2013 saw the end of the period crime series Poirot, and of course David Suchet, who has been playing the titular character for over 20 years. The moustachioed detective will be truly missed. Au revoir, mon amie!
Tom Hanks and Bakhad Abdi
Captain Phillips was released in September, and has been considered to be in the running for an Oscar, and it’s easy to see why. The film is fantastic, with Tom Hanks giving a stunning performance as Captain Phillips, and Bakhad Abdi equally amazing as Abduwali Muse. They both gave truly Oscar-worthy performances which is why they are on our list this year.
A little known film called Man of Steel was released this year and we all (well, 3/4 of us) really enjoyed it, one particularly sexy reason being Jersey boy (and Helen’s husband) Henry Cavill. The man is literally Superman, with his thick black curls, striking blue and eyes and god-like physique, plus he’s got good acting chops to boot. We know he’s playing the lead role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and we can’t wait to see his quite frankly f*cking stunning face again.
This year, I did something that I had never done before…I watched Strictly Come Dancing. And it was actually really fun. But the person who stood out most for me was Hollyoaks’ actor Ashley Taylor-Dawson, who I thought was really rather good. I was gutted when he was voted off, and when I found out that he wasn’t on the tour due to conflicting schedules, but if he is in it next year I’m definitely getting a ticket. And isn’t he just gorgeous? We love you, Ashley!
The ruggedly handsome Idris Elba graced our screens as Luther for one last time in the explosive final series (but a movie is in the works) and he’s taken on the powerful role of the late, great Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom. I also had the opportunity to see him do a DJ set at Love + Liquor earlier this year and he was brilliant. His place on our list is well deserved!
Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy
There were some excellent TV shows this year, but the one that was on top of the list was Hannibal. It’s a dark, gritty and very, very gory drama that constantly has you at the edge of your seat. The Great Dane Mads Mikkelsen and the dashing Hugh Dancy were both brilliant as the roles of Hannibal Lecter and Dr Will Graham respectively, making their relationship both respectful and obsessive at the same time. As expected, it’s back for a second season next year, and if you haven’t seen the poster for it, go check it out. It’s awesome.
And on a sidenote: look at Mikkelsen’s EPIC VIKING HAIR:
Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz
Django Unchained was my favourite film of 2013, and part of the reason is because of these two. Jamie Foxx was a perfect choice as Django, and as always, Christoph Waltz was fantastic as Dr King Shultz, the dentist turned bounty hunter. The two of them are so cute on and off screen, and not forgetting to mention Waltz’s Oscar win in January, it was a no-brainer to put them on the list!
Spectacles have never looked sexier. Guy Pearce graced our screens in on of DTSFT’s favourite films of the year, Iron Man 3, as sharp-suited villain Uldrich Killian. And boy did he work those suits (I was also feeling the loafer look…nice touch). He was also inducted onto the HCGI list, which is quite a big accolade round these parts. He definitely is an underrated actor and we hope to see more of him next year.
Let’s face it, guys. Get Lucky was THE song of 2013. All throughout summer, it was being blasted out from radios, mp3 players, TV adverts and nightclub speakers. And not only did Daft Punk release a brand new song, they released a brand spanking new album to go with it – Random Access Memories (which is pretty good, by the way). It was great to see them back after so many years…here’s hoping there’s a tour of some sort next year.
Artem Chigvintsev, Aljaz Skorjanec, Brendan Cole and Kevin Clifton
As I admitted before, I watched Strictly Come Dancing this year. The Grand Final was a pretty spectacular show, and it was then that I noticed the professional dance partners of the final four (Natalie Gumede, Abbey Clancy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Susanna Reid). They’re all amazing dancers and absolutely stunning (seriously, these pics don’t do them justice, to be honest). It’s got me in the mood for the next series…and maybe possibly a ticket for the tour…maybe?
Relax – Lukey-Luke is the only reality TV show contestant that will appear on this list. Luke Friend was the underdog on this year’s series of The X Factor, but his unique voice and mad hair saw him get all the way to the finals. His rendition of Seal’s Kiss From A Rose was probably one of the best performances in the show’s ten-year history, and although he had the tendency to ‘Mumford-and-Sons’ everything, he was unlike any other contestant that had ever been on the show. Sadly he finished third, losing out to bland teenager Nicholas MacDonald who will probably fade into obscurity by March. Astounding.
Do we really need to explain why? (But if you’ve been living under a rock, we will explain). He became the first man to Wimbledon in decades! Congratulations, champ!
Happy New Year!