Matt’s Star Trek

He might be stuck sorting out a problem if two Amy Ponds for this year’s Comic Relief, but Doctor Who star Matt Smith reckons he fancies taking part in one of the annual challenges.

Rather than doing something “funny for money” celebrities do something pretty serious – like embarking on desert expeditions or climbing mountains. Speaking to TV & Satellite Week, Smith confessed that the opportunity would depend entirely on his busy Doctor Who schedule.

“We are always filming, so it is really difficult. It’s wonderful that Dermot O’Leary and everyone have been having an adventure out trekking in Africa. I’d really like to go out there and do a special report one day as well.”

Smith, also recalled his own favourite Comic Relief moment – which just happens to be The Curse of the Fatal Death, the Steven Moffat-scripted Doctor skit which featured Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor and Jonathan Pryce in excellent casting as the Master back in 1999. Also featuring Daleks and a host of regenerated Doctors, The Curse of the Fatal Death is now available to watch on the Official BBC Doctor Who site.

“It is something I always watched as a kid, but I think seeing Rowan Atkinson play the Doctor back in 1999 is one of my favourite moments,” he said. “The sketch had Hugh Grant in it as well and I thought he and Rowan were brilliant. There is something exciting about getting people together like that as a team.”

Set your alarms for 8pm on Red Nose Day (this Friday night) when you will be able to tune into the first of this year’s Moffat-scripted Comic Relief Doctor Who specials, Space followed later in the evening by Time.

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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