Matt Smith: “a bit barmy”

Matt Smith IS the DoctorThe new Doctor Who Magazine features loads of great stuff – including an interview with Steven Moffat in which the new showrunner reveals that Matt Smith auditioned for another role a few days before trying out for the Eleventh Doctor…

Moffat is also behind the BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the fictional Victorian detective (recently portrayed on the silver screen by Robert Downey Jr). Sherlock is written by Moffat and Mark Gatiss and features Martin Freeman as Dr Watson…

“We’d already cast Benedict Cumberbatch [as Sherlock Holmes] and the very first person we saw for Dr Watson was Matt, who came in and gave a very good audition.

“But he didn’t have a chance in hell of getting it ‘cos he was clearly more of a Sherlock Holmes than a Dr Watson. There was also something a bit barmy about him – and you don’t actually want that for Dr Watson, you want someone a bit straighter.”

The Grand Moff is of course totally right, but we love the fact that he’s described his main leading man as “a bit barmy” – if anything defines the closing scene of The End of Time it is the post regenerative loon crashing the TARDIS into earth!

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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