David Morrissey on Matt Smith

David Morrissey has thrown his hat into the ring as a fan of Matt Smith – noting that it is telling that the new producers of Doctor Who (mainly Steven Moffat and "Arsene" Piers Wenger) have chosen an up-and-coming star and not a celeb.

Effectively Smith’s "decoy" over the Christmas period as the amnesiac "Future Doctor" of The Next Doctor, David Morrissey is of course a successful actor whose own career has taken him into and out of Doctor Who.

Quoted in the Chester Chonicle as part of their coverage of the Channel 4 trilogy Red Riding which begins this Thursday (and could be the first thing on Channel 4 worth watching since… years ago!), Morrissey naturally touches on Doctor Who as well as playing coppers.

"I’m a massive fan of his. I don’t know him at all but I know his work and he’s a great actor, I’m really glad they haven’t just gone for a celebrity, they’ve gone for an actor, and a great actor at that," he says.

Like David Tennant however, David Morrissey isn’t one for dispelling advice:

"I don’t think I’d give him any advice. The main thing is to always do your job to the best of your ability and if there’s anything that gets in the way of your job you should get it out of your life. I think he looks young but he’s done a lot of work and I think he’ll be fine. The people who run Doctor Who are great and they’ll look after him, and I’m sure he’ll relish it," he says.

So come on, naysayers, get with the gameplan! 

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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