Published on April 13th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
A Doctor of Politics
Do the Doctor and politics mix? The Third Doctor was always something of an â€œestablishment chapâ€ and throughout his years, the Time Lord has always had connections within the political world. But where does Matt Smith stand with his views? Well, heâ€™s a bit coy about it to be honest.
Appearing on 5live’s John Pienaar Politics podcast, Smith revealed no allegiance as such but more of an interest in the world of politics in general – something that has come to his attention since playing the role of a Labour researcher in the BBC drama Party Animals.
Focusing on recent budget cuts to the NHS and Shared Experience, a theatre company that recently had its Â£360,000 axed completely, the actor commented:
â€œCompanies like Shared Experience were a way in for a lot of actors and directors and I think itâ€™s a shame…I believe the NHS needs to be protected. Itâ€™s one of the few organisations in the world like it. Itâ€™s always been very good to me â€“ because Iâ€™m clumsy, frankly.â€
But Smith, who labels his own political views as â€œirrelevantâ€ believes that Doctor Who does not necessarily have a specific political agenda as such but more an overall theme that it likes to comment on now and then:
â€œI donâ€™t think Dr Who [sic] is just about political investigations dramatically, itâ€™s about investigating the big ideas and big themes which can be recognised in politics.â€