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Published on April 24th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Smith: USA Enthusiasm Wonderful

Ah people of the US, the Doctor himself has leaned over your fair country and beamed with paternal pride. He’s fathered a nation of Who geeks. Congratulations!

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Matt Smith has been overwhelmed by the response to this former rickety show with planet sized imagination.

“There’s something wonderful about the way Americans communicate their enthusiasm for the show. It’s overpoweringly wonderful.”

With that combination of imagination, budget and scope to make it even better, Smith believes that the show’s unique DNA makes it so enduring to American audience:

“It seems like there’s a real appetite for science fiction in the States. The storytelling in Doctor Who is quite universal. I think there will always be stories that are interesting about this mad man who turns up and saves the universe with a cricket bat and piece of string and a toaster.”

And with that amazing debut episode still fresh in the minds of fans on either side of the Atlantic, Smith wants nothing more than to see his baby settle into the life of a jet set sci-fi phenomenon:

“There’s something interestingly ridiculous about it. It’s a wonderful televisual conceit. One of the greatest. But we really want to push it in the States and we want it to reach a wider audience.”

(via Digital Spy)


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

One Response to Smith: USA Enthusiasm Wonderful

  1. avatar nel says:

    Matt Smith has “fathered a nation of Who geeks..”..?? No offense to Matt, who’s doing a fine job, but anyone who was at or has seen the vid from ComicCon 09 knows that US enthusiasm for the good Doctor was pretty damn high before this season. Matt is riding a wave created by the fact that BBCA is now, for the first time (since last season), able to do full-on promotion for the show. since they screwed up by initially passing on the re-booted Who in 2005, the show in the US was on SyFy, which didn’t bother to promote it. that didn’t stop it from gaining such fans in the US that when BBCA finally was able to air new eps with Tennant’s last specials, it got them their highest ratings ever until Smith’s debut ep. And it did that w/o the full court press PR machine we’ve been seeing over the past year.

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