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Published on November 26th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Action Doctor

BANG! WIZZ! POW! Mirroring the action-orientated wishes of Matt Smith – who recently told the Radio Times that he wants to see ‘more action’ in the next season – we too have made our articles BANG! More action packed! EXPLODE! Matt also said that this year’s Christmas special – The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe – was less Christmassy than last year’s appropriately titled A Christmas Carol but more ‘magical’ and ‘ethereal’. Now I like magical and ethereal, but I also like Charles Dickens… but which one’s best? There’s only one way to find out – FIGHT! STAB! This otherworldly quality has paradoxically got Matt all geared up for Christmas:

“We’ve covered a whole forest in snow. The scale is vast and there’s just something wonderfully magical about it because it’s never that snowy in this country, except maybe in Scotland … and on the telly. It does it for you: all the snow and the lovely smell of the pine trees. I’m really, really looking forward to Christmas now.”

SHATTER! However it’s not all scenery-gazing and forest smelling, No! Matt is also a man of ACTION and has been upping the man-quota by performing his own stunts – including dodging a fiery ball of death:

“Believe me, the fireball does so much of the acting for you. It was only afterwards that I realised I could have been seriously charred. “I’ve been really enjoying it. Hopefully we’ll see more action/adventure-y Doctor next season.”

Aside from the potentially combustible combination of fire and forestry the Christmas special also features guest appearances from Alexander Armstrong (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show)  and Bill Bailey (Black Books) – who, as an avid fan,  likened his appearance to receiving a knighthood and thus failed to provide an action-y comment and thus let the side down…BOOM!

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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.




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