What are you frightened of? It seems a fair question, but one in which Matt Smith seems to be able to answer i many varied ways.
When he’s not defending Doctor Who from the nonsensical, headline-grabbing bashings of Trevor “he should know better” Eve, Matt Smith is happy to admit that he’s scared of spiders.
Although not too scared that he wouldn’t eat one…
“The way they move freaks me out… itâ€™s so malevolent. They fascinate me as well. If I see a spider in the flat, I try to get a cup and a piece of paper and throw it out of the window. I canâ€™t kill them because theyâ€™re good for catching flies. Apparently, as a kid I used to eat spiders. Maybe thereâ€™s some Freudian significance behind that.”
Perhaps he’s right. Or perhaps it proved an early prediliction for taking on the very creatures that caused the Third Doctor to regenerate in Planet of the Spiders? Perhaps we’ll never know; we can die ignorant, unlike Trevor Eve, whose attacks on Doctor Who were brought up in an interview with Matt Smith by The Telegraph.
Matt, like The Grand Moff before him, gave Eve such short shrift that the 1970s heartthrob actor can be under no mistake that he has been rumbled.
â€œShow me any other series that can tackle this many big issues, appeal to this broad a range of people, and still have a laugh along the way,â€ Smith continues, â€œand I will say, â€˜You canâ€™t.â€™ Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™d say to Trevor Eve. At least weâ€™re never predictable. At least weâ€™re inventive. This whole show is testament to Steven Moffat, and his ambition and his scope, and thatâ€™s a privilege to be part of. Itâ€™s as simple as that.â€
Trevor Eve and the spiders of Metebilis III can tune in to BBC One on Saturday at 6pm to catch their mortal enemy in action in The Impossible Astronaut.