Smith & Moffat in Radio Times

In a ‘School Holidays’ special issue of Radio Times, Doctor Who star Matt Smith is interviewed by 13 year old Jack, while Steven Moffat waxes lyrical about Sherlock Holmes.

There’s plenty to keep Doctor Who fans happy in the new edition of Radio Times, out today, as Matt Smith and Steven Moffat both make appearances. Matt Smith was certainly put on the spot by young Jack:

What makes you different from previous Doctors?

I’m younger, so my skin is a bit smoother. What would you say makes me different? Bigger ears?

You’re crazier.

There you go, I’m crazier.

How many marks out of ten would you give yourself so far?

That’s a tough one. Let’s say eight. I’ve two episodes left, so I can still get to ten. I don’t want to undersell myself.

We don’t often see the Doctor eating anything. My favourite food is sausage and mash. What’s yours?

Spaghetti bolognese, banana sandwiches. I love biscuits with tea and am partial to a chocolate muffin or two.

That last question is a great one. Id like to see the adult version, wherein we find out what the Doctor does in the bathroom…

Meanwhile Steven Moffat’s other BBC project, Sherlock, is given some attention, as the Doctor Who writer explains his love of Arthur Conan Doyle’s enduring literary creation.

“When I was a little Beano-reading Doctor Who fan – about nine or ten – I was desperate to know more about Sherlock Holmes. It was a name I’d heard. I knew he was some kind of policeman, I knew he had a funny hat, and I knew he was in a film called The Hound of the Baskervilles, which once came on the telly and got me sent to bed because it was “too frightening”.

“I remember lying upstairs that night, too excited to sleep – because I could hear the baying of a terrible hound, and the rapid-fire voice of a policeman who fought monsters. I needed to find out more, because I knew already this was my kind of hero: if Doctor Who had been a detective, clearly he’d have been Sherlock Holmes.”

The new Radio Times is out now and available from all good newsagents/supermarkets/chemists/petrol stations and in my local dentists in 2015.

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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