Tour of Duty

Currently on tour around the United Kingdom, Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have this week already visited Belfast and today stopped at the North East city of Sunderland.

Matt Smith is currently touring with the BBC Outreach to promote The Eleventh HourTheir stop on the BBC Outreach bus in Belfast was reported on the BBC’s local news website for the region (where you can catch Matt and Karen on a video clip) where Matt Smith revealed what he did when he was cast as the Doctor.

“I couldn’t tell anyone for three months, but I listened to Frank Sinatra for a couple of days.

“I felt on top of the world, I didn’t really know how to compute it.”

Today in Sunderland meanwhile, they visited Sunderland University where 150 local schoolchildren where gathered to preview The Eleventh Hour.

Beware spoilerphobes – the link above leads to an article with the following potential spoiler:

The episode sees the newly regenerated Doctor solving the mystery of a crack in the wall of a house that’s actually splitting the skin of the world

Smith already seems to be slotting into the ambassadorial role, engaging a room full of kids in the Q&A session that followed the screening. I like the following observation from Smith:

“I think the doctor is a bit bonkers. He lies on a lilo and reads War And Peace,” he says.

Then adds, mindful of an audience not into reading Russian classics, “That’s a very thick book”.

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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