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David Tennant Is Matt Smith’s Doctor

Chatting at last week’s MCM Expo London Comic Con, Matt Smith revealed how he went about watching episodes of Doctor Who when he first took the job – and who his first Doctor was…

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.”

Going backwards with a time travel show is fair enough though, don’t you think?

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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