Unpredictable Defined

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed some of the thinking behind the character of the current incarnation of the Time Lord.

Doctor Who star Matt SmithChatting to the Radio Times, Smith referred to a sense of the unpredictable, of a man with so much on his mind he doesn’t quite have time for general chit chat and verbal interaction…

“People ask me, ‘Who do you think your Doctor is?’ and I’m reluctant to think of it in those terms, because it’s still a work in progress.

“Steven Moffat, who’s just the most brilliant writer, told me when I first met him that the interesting thing, the defining thing, about the Doctor is that he never quite knows what’s going to come out of his mouth in any given situation.”

It’s a fascinating angle to take, and one that seems to be developed from years of the Grand Moff watching Doctor Who; it certainly isn’t an observation that has been actively applied to any other incarnations.

We suspect this might come to define the Eleventh Doctor in future years as we look back on what is quite a thrilling and satisfactory era of Doctor Who.

Matt Smith is interviewed in the new Radio Times, dated 26th June – 2nd July 2010, on sale now.

Meanwhile, don’t miss the final episode of the current run of Doctor Who – The Big Bang is on Saturday, June 26th at 6.05pm

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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