Published on March 1st, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Nixon Star on Matt Smith
It looks as though everyone has an opinion on Doctor Who these days – not least the star of Frost/Nixon, Michael Sheen.
Quoted in the Cardiff Evening Post, Welshman Sheen – who has portrayed Tony Blair, Kenneth Williams and latterly a younger David Frost in the movie Frost/Nixon opposite Frank Langella (and plays the incomparable Brian Clough in the upcoming Damned United) – compares the change in the Doctor Who production regime to the casting of Daniel Craig as James Bond.
"For somebody to come in and take on the role of the Doctor, it’s going to be difficult. It will be tough for him because David Tennant has been such a success. When you’re an actor, it’s the challenge that spurs you on and inspires you to come up with your best work.
"I remember how much everyone was against the idea of Daniel Craig as Bond. And Daniel went way beyond proving people wrong, so Matt should probably take heart from that."
Surely we’re way past the point of Matt Smith deniers having any influence? There’s been plenty of time for people to get used to the idea, and Tennant is still months away from shooting his final scenes.
Any Matt Smith deniers reading?