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Published on November 10th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Smith: Doctor Who Changed My Life

Ah, fame, fame, fatal fame. It can play hideous tricks on Matt Smiths brain but the Doctor himself is determined to remain level headed.

In an interview with The Telegraph Smith admitted that he missed the anonymity of sliding amongst us mere mortals in the streets:

“Walking down the street to buy a pint of milk is now a very different experience from what it was two years ago,” he stated. “Nothing can really prepare you for such a dramatic change in your life.”

As expected the experience has turned his world upside down:

“People come up to me 50 times a day,” he says. “How do I deal with it? I wear a hoodie and a pair of shades and I keep my head down. But I knew what I was entering into. [Celebrity] is just part of the remit – and a small price to pay when you get to run around time and space every day!”

And its this duty to live up the shows heritage that keeps Smith in an ambassadorial role when dealing with the most important fans- children:

“People feel very affectionate towards the programme because it has such a heritage in our culture. When children come up and ask me, ‘What’s your favourite monster?’, you see how they’d be if the actual Doctor turned up in the TARDIS on their doorstep, so I always try to be patient. If you’re 10 and Doctor Who seems impatient with you, that’s going to be rubbish.”

Smith even has a polite word to say about the more extreme views of his potrayal of the Doctor:

“One of the things that makes the show live is that it has passionate, ardent fans with passionate, ardent opinions,” he says. “Debate is a good thing.”

(via The Telegraph)

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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.




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