Matt Smith may have a date in mind for when he’ll hang up the bow tie and braces but for now he feels ‘privilaged’ to occupy the role he has become so fond of.
Speaking to the Northampton Chronicle on the eve of Doctor Who’s return to our screens with Let’s Kill Hitler this Saturday Smith said he couldn’t see a reason to leave the show after signing on for another year:
“Why would I quit? I’ve got Steven Moffat writing scripts, but not only that, Toby Whithouse (The God Complex) and Richard Curtis (Vincent and the Doctor)…ball these great writers. It’s so funny, I read other scripts and I just go, ‘Not as good as Doctor Who!”
With Smith signed up he’ll be the incumbent Doctor when the show celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Clandestine plans have been drawn but thus far Smith refuses to be drawn on what fans can expect:
“Well, you saw the celebrations for Coronation Street… it was huge wasn’t it? And Doctor Who is an institution, so to be part of the celebrations will be a real honour.”
While feeling both privelged and honoured to be a part of Who Matt has also leapt to its defence against critics who’ve called the show far too complicated for children to understand:
“Ah, the critics…My response is it’s like The Simpsons, which can be received on many levels. It’s only as complicated as you choose to make it. One of the reasons it’s doing well in America is there’s great detail and many layers, and in a sci-fi culture that’s what they want.”
Let’s Kill Hitler airs this Saturday at 19:10 on BBC One and BBC One HD in the UK and BBC America in the USA.