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Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Doctor Who Keeps Matt Awake At Night

The stress and strain of being a Time Lord has taken its toll on Matt Smith.

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The Eleventh Doctor recently sat down with Victoria Wood for her new documentary series aptly named Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea and spoke of his struggle to sleep at night:

I have had some trouble sleeping, I think because of learning lines and work and stuff, so after six o’clock I have started drinking decaf tea, which my dad was appalled by.

I asked my dad for a cup of decaf tea and he looked at me like I was an alien.

Although it might be a little premature to cite his new-found love of decaf as a sign that his time on board the TARDIS is coming to a close, Matt has, in the past, said to Entertainment Weekly that he couldn’t see himself lasting as long as Tom Baker in the role of the Doctor.

Reflecting on the importance of tea within his life, Matt also shared his thoughts on the Doctor’s attitude towards leaf-based beverages – commenting that the TARDIS contained a ‘space kettle’ that the Doctor took with him on his travels.

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The great leveller, the humble cup of tea is just as important to Matt:

These things bed themselves into the fabric of our society.

If I was making a tea advert I would want to communicate about tea is that it can console you, it can start your day, there is the warmth and the ritual and you can share it, you make someone a cup of tea and you offer it to them.

You have got to boil the kettle, you have got to ask them what they want and engage with them.

I love the ritual of a cup of tea in the morning; I love tea and a scrambled egg sandwich or tea and a fry up.

Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea starts on BBC1 on Wednesday April 10th.

(Via The Daily Mirror.)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




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