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Published on April 21st, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Eating the Great One

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… it’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 can’t kill them because they’re good for catching flies. Apparently, as a kid I used to eat spiders. Maybe there’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.

“Show 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,” Smith continues, “and I will say, ‘You can’t.’ That’s what I’d say to Trevor Eve. At least we’re never predictable. At least we’re inventive. This whole show is testament to Steven Moffat, and his ambition and his scope, and that’s a privilege to be part of. It’s as simple as that.”

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.

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About the Author

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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