Matt Smith has always been one to promote the fact that Doctor Who is a show that constantly evolves. The actor seems to fully understand and embrace the change that breezes through Doctor Who more often than most other television shows, not only loving it but working with it as well to make those changes integral to each series that he stars in. The Eleventh Doctor is a man that constantly changes bits of his clothing, constantly changes his surroundings and constantly changes his friends. Maybe Matt Smith is the same.
And maybe that’s why the change from Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as Smith’s co stars to just Jenna-Louise Coleman for the remainder of series seven is going so well on Doctor Who.
Talking with BANG Showbiz recently, Smith commented that there is a great chemistry between himself and Coleman and that the actress is very self assured on set as she films her scenes as the newest occupant of the good ship TARDIS. He even compared her first day to his:
I look back to my first day and I was like a rabbit in the headlights. She’s much more assured than I was.
There will also be a new dynamic and a new energy when Doctor Who returns due to the fact that the series will be returning to the two-hander format that we haven’t really had since 2010. For the last couple of years, the Doctor has been travelling (more or less) with a couple; any others that have travelled with him on screen have been for only a small number of trips.
In fact, the last full series one-on-one relationship the Doctor had aboard the TARDIS was with Donna Noble in 2008 so it’ll be very interesting to see quite how the Eleventh Doctor deals with this sort of set up on a full-time basis. Smith even remarked on how the new dynamic is already showing a different side to his character:
The Doctor treats her differently; it changes the way he is.
How differently will the Doctor be treating Coleman’s character? We’ll just have to see on Christmas day!