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Published on February 18th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

Briggs Praises Matt Smith

As a regular Doctor Who contributor for the TV series and the Producer of the Big Finish audios, you can pretty much place a safe bet that if Nicholas Briggs likes something about Doctor Who, he’s going to be correct.

So it’s very nice to see that the writer and actor has praised Matt Smith for his performance as the Doctor.  Briggs, who is not only responsible for keeping the Fifth, Sixth , Seventh and Eighth Doctors alive via monthly audio plays, provides the voice of the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Judoon and various other monsters  for the BBC television series of Doctor Who.

Talking about his co star he commented on how “magical” Matt Smith was and talked about the edge that the actor brings to the role:

“He has a charm, a kind of real charisma. He’s not just sort of nuts and strange – he’s nuts and charming. He’s also fantastic to work with.”

Briggs himself has always proved popular with the Doctor Who production team and got on especially well with David Tennant and Billie Piper.

Smith’s version of the Doctor has been compared to Patrick Troughton’s performance as the Second Doctor in the 1960’s as the actor chose to watch one of his adventures as research before starting the role.

It’s lovely to hear that the production team are still getting on so well even thought there have been some massive changes in the last two years; it shows a strong force behind everyone’s favourite show!


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3 Responses to Briggs Praises Matt Smith

  1. avatar krumstets says:

    And if Nicholas didn’t like Matt and the new series would he be so forthcoming? I suspect not, especially since he might even be out of a job if he criticised it.
    It does get a little tiring in a `luvvy’ kind of way when we hear how everyone likes each other and how great everything is.
    It’s not that I want to hear bad news,but this constant `hyping’ comes across as a little fake,since that kind of happiness doesn’t really exist anywhere in real life.
    Or maybe it does and I’m just missing out….

  2. avatar Jez Noir says:

    Given the amount of genius-level work Nick has contributed to Doctor Who over the years (especially via Big Finish) – could he be a sound choice as apprentice and eventual successor to Steven Moffat?

    • It’s a fair point – I expect that Mark Gatiss or Matthew Graham would be more likely, but Nick’s extensive work wit BF as you so rightly point out Jez must surely put him in contention

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