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Published on September 7th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Matt’s Not Afraid of Typecasting

Being a Time Lord you can forgive Matt Smith for looking into the future-Yes his time as the Doctor maybe finite but he sees no reason why the role will hinder his career when he decides to vacate the TARDIS.

Speaking to The Daily Record Matt Smith believes that he shouldn’t be hampered by typecasting:

“I don’t think good actors get typecast. In ten years’ time I’ll be playing very different parts than I am playing now. So there is plenty of time for me to evolve as an actor.”

Matt’s not the only thing that’s evolving- the role of the Doctor (of which there’s nothing else like out there) has changed during Matt’s tenure:

“I can never relax because I’m always pushing myself to the highest level but it’s nice to enjoy the fact people have accepted me as The Doctor and enjoy the things I do.”

Its clear looking back to Matt’s first appearance in the TARDIS to the flaying arm conclusion of Night Terrors that Matt has changed; he’s managed to capture that wonderous glint and mischievous smile of the Doctor and the weariness of a near a thousand year-old man.

Long may he continue to evolve.


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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 Matt’s Not Afraid of Typecasting

  1. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    He’d already captured the “old man in a young man’s body” very early on in his first season and yeah, it’s become more pronounced as time’s gone on. Many, including me, in the past have been wary of having too young an actor in the part but only with Smith do we finally see what a young actor can really bring to the role. Davison and Tennant each did a fine job but Smith really does take it to another level. A unique performance and man, we are lucky to have him.

    Whoever replaces him, I think we’re now at the point where preconceived notions of age are no longer a worry about the part for future incarnations.

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