Doctor Who News Doctor Who: Matt Smith studied comedy legends when researching the role.

Published on December 11th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Matt Based Time Lord on Frank Spencer?!

In the Christmas Radio Times (on sale tomorrow, Wednesday 12th December) Doctor Who star Matt Smith reveals some of the influences on how he approached the role.

Doctor Who: Matt Smith studied comedy legends when researching the role.

The title above might come as a bit of a surprise, but you’ll be happy to know that his research went further than a single episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – indeed, it seems Matt overdosed on classic British comedy when trying to find his Doctor…

When I started as the Doctor, I watched loads of Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em, loads of Peter Sellers and loads of Blackadder – and somewhere betwixt the three lies my Doctor.

He goes on to talk about Blackadder’s grumpiness and Frank Spencer’s lack of awareness, and when put like this, you can see the similarities, can’t you?

You will find out more – including some words from Steven Moffat and Jenna-Louise Coleman – in the bumper Christmas Radio Times, out Wednesday. You can also head to


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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+.

4 Responses to Matt Based Time Lord on Frank Spencer?!

  1. Can’t WAIT to see the Eleventh Doctor on roller skates!

  2. avatar daniel says:

    oooh clara ,,,ive done a woopsie…

  3. avatar Christian-Mark David Cawley via Facebook says:

    …and crashing into Melody’s cot!

  4. avatar TonyS says:

    So those are RAF braces he’s wearing?

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