In tandem with the return of Doctor Who to BBC One at the end of this month, Matt Smith has been talking a fair bit about life as the Doctor and his thoughts and feelings on the show. And what an inspired fella he is too, coming out with some very astute arguments in terms of Doctor Who. To give you an idea of how on the ball he is with certain issues, here are a few choice quotes from some questions that have been thrown at him.
Matt was speaking to the Daily Mail, which we wouldn’t usually mention but the interview is accompanied by some smashing images.
On the character of the Doctor:
‘He’s like Robin Hood or Sherlock Holmes, an enduring character in a fairy tale you can just keep reinventing,’
(Interesting that these are two characters that the BBC has revived in the past few years.)
On the subject of Doctor Who receiving some complaints as viewers felt it was getting “too dark” and “too grown up for children”:
“I think it’s clever, too. Have you ever watched The Simpsons with your son and laughed at different things? Isn’t that one of the virtues of a show like this, when you can see something and look over and go, “Know what? In a few years, you’ll get that one.”
On building his incarnation of the Doctor’s unique persona:
I learned a lot about him from watching children, the way they question the things that are put in front of them, like sniffing a cup of tea. I also watched older people, because although he has lived for more than 900 years, he’s always open to new things.
And on his future in the role of the Eleventh Doctor:
“I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me with Doctor Who before I can even really contemplate what comes next.”
So, some choice words from Mr Smith there and some very interesting thoughts as well. It seems that Matt has put in a lot of effort into Doctor Who which means that we’ve hopefully got a lot more to come from Doctor number eleven yet!