The old “who was your first Doctor?” chestnut has been around for years, and has different criteria based on the viewer’s age and which incarnation of the show they first experienced, as well as their location. As a child of the 1980s, Matt Smith sadly has no recollection of Doctor Who as a child, something that gives him (and many others of his generation) an unusual angle on this topic.
“As soon as I got the job, I went through tonnes and tonnes — I got them to send me pretty much every episode that I could get my hands on. So I went through Troughton, Pertwee, Baker, a bit of Hartnell… So I’ve dipped in. I hate to say, I’ve never watched really any Colin Baker episodes.
“My first Doctor, and I told him this, was David [Tennant]. I did it the wrong way round! I watched all of David’s stuff and all of Chris’s stuff, and then I went backwards… I was always aware of Doctor Who, but I didn’t grow up with it.”