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Published on March 9th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Matt Smith – Reading Politics?

Matt Smith in EsquireThere was a great interview with Matt Smith last week in The Guardian – we’ll be bringing a few snippets chosen by other outlets over the next few hours, but in the meantime, here’s Kasterborous’ own favourite quote from the Eleventh Doctor Who star.

Following discussion of Smith’s release by Northampton Town after a back injury and his subsequent academic success, talk turns to university, and one of his possible degree subjects – politics!

Why did he want to study politics? “I just wanted to be intelligent, or seem intelligent, and go to a redbrick university and go, ‘Oh yeah, I’m doing politics!’ I used to read Gore Vidal books and think I was cool.”

What would he rather be, a political thinker with a good degree or the Doctor? He looks at me as if I’m absolutely bonkers. “Come on!” he shouts. “Politics was a ridiculous idea. I would have been rubbish. It’s the Doctor!”

It is a great interview with the young Doctor Who star – however there is a downside to it. A reference to his first barnstorming appearance at the conclusion of The End of Time leads to talk of negative comments from blogs and a crestfallen 10 year old friend of the interviewer.

Smith shouldn’t be worried – David Tennant received similar negative vibes and tirades by anonymous bloggers nearly five years ago.

Kasterborous has a good feeling about the Eleventh Doctor…

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About the Author

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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