Noel Clarke has spent a few years away from the Doctor Who fold doing his own thing, and one of the last times that he was interviewed in a Doctor Who capacity, he was behind David Tennant as the best Doctor. However, now that Matt Smith has come on board, Clarke has changed his allegiance!
Of course there’s no behind-the-scenes griping between Clarke and Tennant but now that Matt Smith has been able to bring his version of the Doctor out into the open and let it breathe, the actor and writer has been hugely impressed!
Chatting about Smith’s interpretation of the Doctor, Clarke commented:
“He just brought something different to it that I like. No disrespect to the others [Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant]. I’m not going to say them just because I worked with them.”
Clarke continues in the Radio Times interview:
“Also when Matt got on, the budgets were larger and the show was more ambitious.”
Does this mean that Series 5 got more money than previous Doctor Who series? The “ambitious” comment can be put down to a different creative team behind the scenes but it’s an interesting thought that rather than receiving budget cuts to the production, Doctor Who actually received a higher budget to play around with from the beginning of the Moffat era…