In a very, very short conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Matt spoke in a manner that suggested he was interested but not particularly affected when he learned of his character’s impending sort-of demise:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was it like to read the scene in which your character died?
MATT SMITH: [Laughs] Well, as with every actor in a long running series, I guess you go through a mixture of fear and intrigue. But then he came back really soon, so that was very exciting.
Matt also confirmed that the resolution to the ‘death of the Doctor’ story arc will definitely happen this season.
“…I think it’s really bold storytelling, to kill off a main character early on, especially that character. It’s the sort of territory we want to be investigating dramatically.”
In other words, he thinks it’s cool, but he just doesn’t seem quite as excited by the concept as certain residents of Kasterborous Towers (er… me) are. Perhaps it’s because he’s just too overwhelmed by what promises to be an even bigger twist at the end of A Good Man Goes to War in six weeks’ time. Here was his reaction to THAT, as related by Karen Gillan:
“…it was only at the read-through that Steven Moffat took me, Matt and Arthur [Darvill] into the corridor to read the proper [ending of the episode] on his laptop. We then all paced around going, ‘oh my God!’ It’s brilliant and viewers will just have to tune in to find out more.”
After learning what the end of spring holds for himself and his co-stars, and being absolutely speechless as a result, it seems Matt Smith now finds something as trivial as dying in the first ten minutes of Episode One to be just another day at the offices of Moffat, Inc. We can’t wait for Episode Seven; can you?