In this exclusive clip for Wired.com, Matt Smith gives his take on Doctor Who as he takes on the role of the Eleventh incarnation of the Time Lord.
As Doctor Who returns with a new team and a new look this Easter, GT eagerly stepped on board the TARDIS for Matt Smith’s first ever interview with the gay press. And in 47 years of the show, he is the first Doctor to ever hold the cover spot of a gay magazine.
Gay Times also have unprecedented coverage of the new series, with exclusive content including the first ever interview with the latest addition to the cast, Arthur Darvill. We speak with the Doctor’s assistant Karen Gillan, head writer Steven Moffat, executive producer Piers Wenger and a selection of other characters and creatives, both returning and new.
What’s more, writer Gareth Roberts reveals that Matt Smith is set to appear pretty much naked in episode eleven, while costume designer Ray Holman tells us what kind of underwear the new Doctor prefers…
Matt Smith on his new role as the Doctor:
“What’s gorgeous about it is that I get to sort of confess to my imagination every day. So I get to play around in a mad, imaginary world every day, which is limitless and timeless, and endless and boundless. You know, that is as close as you get to sort of magic really, I suppose, in many ways.”
On being described by executive producer Steven Moffat as “Patrick Moore in the body of an underwear model”:
“The thing is, right, I’ll take Patrick Moore, fine. But I definitely haven’t got an underwear model’s body, no way, not on this schedule. All my gym’s gone out the window. God no, I take that as a gross over-compliment to be honest. And also! When the hell has Steven Moffat seen me in my pants alone?”
April’s issue of GT Magazine is on sale 24 March and also features exclusive interviews with Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, plus Jamie Campbell Bower, Debbie Reynolds, Tracy-Ann Oberman and the real Phillip Morris.
The BBC has issued an image for the new Doctor Who series featuring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. It depicts the 11th Doctor and his latest companion Amy Pond, in a swirling vortex with some of the Doctor’s enemies.
Fans can watch the brand new trailer for the series this Saturday on BBC One. It will also be available on www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho.
The new series of Doctor Who starts this April on BBC One.
New Doctor Matt Smith is simply “the best”, according to Steven Moffat, head writer of the 2010 series of Dr Who.
Smith, who is the 11th actor to play the Time Lord on TV, will take over from David Tennant in the lead role of the long-running show next year.
Dr Who is one of the BBC’s most popular shows and Moffat is under a lot of pressure to continue its success.
“What if I broke Doctor Who? That would be a tragedy,” he said at the 2009 Screenwriters’ Festival in Cheltenham.
“Yes, you do feel [the] pressure,” he added.
Filming began in July on the new series of the time travel saga.
Moffat who is writing six of the episodes and overseeing another seven, promised fans “great stories” and said there would “joyous moments” as well as “heartbreak”.
The screenwriter is currently working on the script for the climax to the series for which expectations will be huge.
“[My] biggest challenge right now is the writing of Episode 13,” he confessed.
But he had nothing but praise for Matt Smith – at 27 the youngest actor ever to play the 900-year-old Time Lord.
“He’s all the things you’d expect, including ancient,” he revealed, describing the new Doctor as “someone you can’t take your eyes off”.
It’s not only the Doctor who’ll have regenerated in the new series. The Tardis has also undergone a significant makeover.
“There is a plot reason for it,” Moffat confirmed.
“I always liked the Tardis from the Peter Cushing [Dr Who] movies, and wanted to make it more like that”.
Moffat, whose TV work includes Press Gang and Coupling, has written for Doctor Who since it returned to TV screens four years ago.
He penned the episode Blink, featuring killer stone statues, which fans recently voted the second-best Dr Who episode, in a poll conducted by Dr Who Magazine.
The Waters of Mars, the first of David Tennant’s final three adventures, will be broadcast in November.
His final story, The End of Time, in which he will regenerate into Matt Smith’s Doctor, has yet to be scheduled, but is expected to air at the end of 2009 or very early in 2010.
Matt Smith has been named as the actor who will take on the role of TV’s most famous time traveller.
He may be the youngest actor to play the Doctor, but Smith has already built up an impressive CV on stage and the small screen.
His biggest television role has been in BBC Two’s political drama Party Animals (2007) in which he played parliamentary researcher Danny Foster.
He has also acted opposite Doctor Who star Billie Piper three times.
Smith’s TV debut was in the 2006 adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke, which starred Piper as Sally Lockhart.
He later reprised his role as Jim Taylor – the dogsbody at the Lockhart and Selby shipping firm – in The Shadow in the North (2007).
The actor’s stage work has included stints with theatre companies such as London’s Royal Court and National Theatre.
Smith was born in Northampton on 28 October, 1982. His career path could have been very different had a back injury not prevented him pursuing a career in football.
He played for the Leicester City and Nottingham Forest youth academies, but was steered towards drama when a teacher at Northampton School for Boys encouraged him to take the subject at A Level.
He left Northampton aged 18 to study drama and creative writing at University of East Anglia in Norwich.
His work with the National Youth Theatre got him both an agent and his first professional job before graduation.
Smith appeared in Fresh Kills at the Royal Court in 2004, and then joined the cast of On the Shore of the Wide World which transferred to the National Theatre. It was here that he took over the role of Lockwood in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys.
His West End debut was in Swimming With Sharks opposite Christian Slater in 2007. In 2008 he played opposite Lindsay Duncan in That Face to critical acclaim at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre.
He is now following in the footsteps of one of the most popular actors ever to play the Doctor.
David Tennant has said Smith’s “life is about to change in so many ways”.
One of these will be getting used to the intense media and fan interest that comes with such a role.
Matt Smith has been named as the actor who will take over from David Tennant in Doctor Who – making him the youngest actor to take on the role.
At 26, Smith is three years younger than Peter Davison when he signed up to play the fifth Doctor in 1981.
Smith will first appear on TV screens as the 11th Doctor in 2010.
He was cast over Christmas and will begin filming for the fifth series of Doctor Who in the summer. Tennant is filming four specials in 2009.
Smith was named as Tennant’s replacement in Saturday’s edition of Doctor Who Confidential on BBC One.
He said: “I’ve got this wonderful journey in front of me where I’ve got this six months to build this Time Lord – and that’s such an exciting prospect.”
Piers Wenger, head of drama at BBC Wales, said that as soon as he had seen Smith’s audition he “knew he was the one”.
“It was abundantly clear that he had that ‘Doctor-ness’ about him,” he said. “You are either the Doctor or you are not.”
Wenger said a broad range of people had been auditioned, but they had not set out to cast the youngest Doctor.
Smith’s TV debut was in the 2006 adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke, which starred former Doctor Who companion Billie Piper as Sally Lockhart.
He has also acted opposite Piper in the follow-up, The Shadow in the North, and in ITV2’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
In 2007, he had a leading role in BBC Two’s political drama Party Animals, in which he played a parliamentary researcher.
Smith’s stage work has included stints with theatre companies such as the Royal Court and National Theatre. His West End debut was in Swimming With Sharks opposite Christian Slater.
He was born in Northampton in 1982 and studied drama and creative writing at the University of East Anglia.
Tennant said in October that he would stand down from the show after filming four special episodes in 2009.
The star is due to begin shooting the first special this month, just weeks after surgery on his back forced him to pull out of a London run of Hamlet.
The last of these special episodes is expected to run in early 2010.
With a new creative team in place for the 2010 series led by executive producers Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger, the casting of the Doctor was the first job to be completed before scripts could be finalised.
Doctor Who began in 1963, and seven actors played the Doctor before the show was dropped in 1989.
After a TV movie in 1996 – starring Paul McGann – the TV series returned in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role. Tennant took over the same year.