Published on February 1st, 2012 | by Christian Cawley
Matt: I Won’t Beat Tom
Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed his innermost thoughts on his future with the show, indicating that he isn’t planning to beat Fourth Doctor actor Tom Baker’s longevity as the Time Lord.
For certain fans, this comes as a bit of a surprise. After all, we’ve been waiting for someone to actively match Tom Baker’s long relationship with the role since 1981. Even if Sylvester McCoy was officially the Doctor from 1987 to 1996, he was restricted to short runs and a death in Vancouver.
And as for the Eighth Doctor…
Still, it seems that Matt has an inkling that something is set to change with the show; perhaps he uttered the following with some knowledge of what is to come.
“I think there will need to be a younger, cooler person than me – or maybe an older, cooler person, who knows? But I don’t think I’ll be doing it as long as Mr Baker.”
Naturally, however, there was no real indication of when he will be hanging up his bow-tie.
“I just sort of take each year as it comes really. We’ve got all the rest of this year to get through and then we’ll just sit down and review it from there and see where it goes,” Matt said.
“But I love playing the part and I love working with (writer) Steven Moffat.”
Could this indicate that Matt fancies drawing a line under the Eleventh Doctor when Steven “The Grand Moff” Moffat moves on? Is this a clue that Moffat has a date in mind?
However, it’s not all bad news, particularly if you’re a young actor looking for a future in television. Matt Smith has hit on the formula of keeping on top of a busy shooting schedule.
“Fruit, vegetables, good sleep if you can and preparation is the key.”