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Published on June 10th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Roberts Praises Matt Smith

In keeping with the ‘Young body, old personality’ praise for Matt Smith in recent weeks, Gareth Roberts, writer of Saturdays episode, The Lodger, has thrown his two cents in on what Matt brings to the role of a 900-odd year-old time traveller.
Matt Smith and James Corden in Doctor - The Lodger

“I love him. It’s peculiar – we’ve got the youngest actor ever to play The Doctor but in some ways he feels like the oldest sometimes. If you look back, the older Doctors from way back – William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee – could be incredibly childish sometimes. With Matt’s Doctor, you really do feel as if he’s 900 years old, which is an incredible acting achievement.”

Roberts also heaped praise on hate-magnet and acting icon bully James Corden, who plays the Doctors flat mate on Aickman Rd where people go up the stairs, but never come down.

“James has got great depth as an actor, which I think people have forgotten, there’s a lot going on there. And because he is purposely ordinary, there’s always a risk that he could be played as too ordinary, but James has made him into an extraordinary ordinary man.”

Roberts whose Doctor Who CV includes The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp and Planet of the Dead, co- written with Russell T. Davies, believes that there is not much difference between Davies and new head writer Steven Moffat.

“They both come from different places as writers, but at the same time the both love Doctor Who. It’s hard to say. I’ve seen the strange mixture of panic and pride on both their faces and I saw the stress passing slowly from Russell to Steven as the months went by! But really there’s not a terrible amount of difference in approach.”

Read the full interview with Gareth Roberts on Digital Spy.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




7 Responses to Roberts Praises Matt Smith

  1. avatar gizmoduck says:

    “acting icon bully”? Corden may have not covered himself in glory with the incident and he is horrendously annoying but lets not get away from the fact Patrick Stewart was being a complete prat towards him for no good reason!

  2. avatar Andrew Reynolds says:

    Sir Patrick could have been more tactful rather than criticising Corden on stage, in front of a crowd and Corden might not have leaned into the face of a 69 year-old man, goading him to insult him further. I’m not sure what Patrick was getting at with the ‘belly’ routine. Either he was cracking a joke in the knowledge that Cordens size is what most of his routine is based on and thus open season, or was disorientated by Corden telling him to “get fucking on with it” and wanted the last word. Neither man did themselves any favours.

  3. avatar gizmoduck says:

    Yes neither did. But to call Corden a “bully” and use the phrase “acting icon” to describe Patrick Stewart you are clearly leading (whether intentially or not) a reader in one direction (ie it was all Corden’s fault and Stewart was an innocent victim). This sort of thing would not be out of place in the Daily Mail.

  4. avatar Andrew Reynolds says:

    Thats a bit harsh. Its my belief that Kasterborous is a hub for various opinions Who related or not and if my view of the situation, which is a tiny piece of an article that goes on to praise Corden (who i personally don’t have a problem with) made you believe i was leading people on then i apologise. It just seemed to me that someone who has built a career on his physicality really shouldn’t have jumped on an ageist joke so easily when somebody else uses a prejudice against them. “Bully” was the wrong word, i admit, but when was the last time your saw a host not just let someone who was waffling hoist themselves on their own petard rather than badger them to get off?

  5. avatar gizmoduck says:

    I don’t mean to be personal apologies if it came across that way. It is just the way you have written it does imply the Corden was the only one in the wrong – I know a lot about propaganda and how important language construction is in leading opinion. If it was unintentianal then fine, but believe me it is exactly how the Daily Mail do it… From a personal point of view I think there is a whole section of the public (not just fandom) expecting Corden to kill saturday’s programme by confusing his public persona (which I despise) with his acting ability – a man who was in both the play and the film of The History Boy’s can’t be that talentless.

  6. avatar Andrew Reynolds says:

    There’s no need to apologise. It was a slip on my behalf and you rightly pointed out what has and could happen with such loose phrasing. I know all about the Daily Mail and i share your concern with just how opinion is coerced by them. I thought he was great in The History Boys and from what i’ve seen of the clips on the BBC website i can’t wait to see Saturdays episode.

  7. avatar gizmoduck says:

    Excellent looks like everythings fine then. Keep up the rest of the good work. Enjoy the site greatly!

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