Matt Smith: “Forget the Doctor”

Coming soon on BBC TV is Christopher and His Kind, a biopic of famed homosexual author Christopher Isherwood, starring Doctor Who’s Matt Smith.

Focussing on the author’s formative years in 1930s Berlin in the run-up to the Second World War, the film sees Isherwood uncovering his sexuality and identity, something Matt was apparently attracted to in order to play someone quite unlike himself.

“The story is such a fascinating one. I loved the idea of playing someone so extreme to me, that different kind of vocalisation and physical shape.

“Christopher Isherwood is such an interesting man. There’s something very romantic about Christopher and Auden going off as young men to Berlin.

It certainly looks like an interesting film, one that will hopefully put an end to the idea that Smith might be typecast by playing the Doctor.

“Just thinking in a different way physically to The Doctor was also a very interesting challenge for me because one is based on movement and madness and the other on stillness and stiffness really. I hope that you look at this and quickly forget that you’re watching The Doctor.”

Matt also met with Isherwood’s partner, Don Bachardy, to find out more about the writer; based on this information and the details of Matt’s gung-ho attitude to playing a gay man and experiencing stubble rash for the first time, Christopher and His Kind really looks like a film not to be missed.

Airing the week of 19-25 March, Christopher and His Kind‘s airtime has yet to be confirmed.

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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