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Smith’s Festive Zeal

More festive than mulled wine, roast chestnuts and keeping the receipt Matt Smith has been ho ho ho-ing to the Sunday Mercury sharing his zeal for the Christmas special, A Christmas Carol.

Smith joined with the rest of the world in praising Steven Moffat’s all-powerful imagination:

“Steven Moffat just keeps getting even more imaginative. The great thing about this episode is that when Doctor Who and Christmas are put together, you combine the spirit of both those things.

It feels very Dickensian, though set in a mad futuristic world. It’s a fun old yarn which evolves into something more magical than your classic monster episode. And the Doctor simply loves Christmas.”

As far as loving Christmas Smith certainly gives the Doctor a run for his money, revelling his Christmas Day plans and the awkwardness of watching the Tenth Doctor bow out last year:

“I imagine we’ll have a big lunch first and then we’ll watch the episode. Last year was weird, because I watched that Doctor Who Christmas special with my mum and dad and my sister, and I was just sort of going: ‘Oh dear Lord, I’m going to turn into Doctor Who’. It was quite an odd experience. Exciting, though.”

A Christmas Carol sees the Doctor taking Amy and Rory on a Honeymoon spaceship cruise only for the ship to stranded with only the assistance of a miser, Kazran Sardick (Sir Michael Gambon), standing between the Doctor and saving the crew of the ship.

Smith was full of nothing but praise for his esteemed co-star:

“He plays a Scrooge-like miser, and to play an old grump there is no-one better than Gambon! But Michael also really makes you feel for this man and he can somehow turn himself into a little boy at times. He’s a very impressive actor.”

A Christmas Carol will air Christmas Day on BBC 1 at 6pm

(via Sunday Mercury)


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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