Matt Smith has told The Telegraph he’d like to be in a Shakespeare production.
He’d be following in the footsteps of other Doctor Who stars like Sylvester McCoy, David Tennant, and Catherine Tate; the latter two having acted opposite each other in Much Ado About Nothing. Tennant was also recently elected onto the Royal Shakespeare Company Board, a post he’ll keep for three years.
Matt said to Tim Walker:
I definitely want to do Shakespeare. I don’t know what role, though, and it wouldn’t be just yet.
Matt would obviously be great in whatever part, being not just a great Doctor, but a fantastic actor too, and previously said he’d like to play the title role in MacBeth – with Karen Gillan as Lady MacBeth, naturally. Now, that I’d like to see! Matt added:
I’m too busy at the moment, there’s just not enough time.
Walker also points out that the news wouldn’t thrill theatrical expert, Sir Jonathan Miller, who received much criticism after he said that the West End’s “obsession with celebrity” resulted in “the man from Doctor Who” – that’s David Tennant, to you and I – being cast in Hamlet (alongside X-Men and Star Trek: The Next Generation star, Patrick Stewart). But then surely he should judge on acting ability and not see people merely as “celebrities” – and Tennant and Smith must qualify for both!
Can you think of any other Doctor Who stars who have uttered the words of the Bard?