“I’ve become a real fan”

Doctor Who star Matt Smith features in the new Radio Times – on sale now – in which he talks about how he approaches the role of the last of the Time Lords.

Doctor Who star Matt SmithFollowing on from last week’s interview with Amy Pond actress Karen Gillan, Smith also reveals that he’s become quite fond of the show.

“I’ve become a real fan, I know it sounds very vain, but I do look forward to the ceremony of watching the show on a Saturday night.”

Smith’s honesty is refreshing. His job – playing “the most charismatic man in the universe” – is a challenge, he says. The charisma part is more than likely only the tip of the iceberg, of course.

“If you play him consciously charismatic, he instantly loses the charisma. Of course, really charismatic people don’t have to do a thing. They just are. I’m still finding my way on that one, but I like to think it gives me something creative to play with.”

“I’ve never got away with being the handsome leading man. I suppose I’m the peculiar, odd lead, which may work in my favour.”

Read more in the Radio Times, dated 26th June – 2nd July 2010, on sale now from all good newsagents and supermarkets.

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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