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Published on June 22nd, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

A Doctor of Charity

He’s a charitable fellow with his time, that Matt Smith.

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When he’s not donating this time to support a worthy local cause, he’s also trying to auction off afternoon tea at The Ritz with his good self as company.

Anyone would think he was some sort of ‘lord of time’ or something.

While filming in America has prohibited his involvement in the 10th annual Cycle 4 Cynthia, that hasn’t stopped Matt from taking time out of his busy schedule to actively encourage others to get involved and to donate some Doctor Who merchandise.

The event is in support of Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

As reported in the Northampton Herald & Post Matt said:

“I grew up fairly close to the hospice so I know about its fantastic work and of course that of Macmillan, and I can’t imagine two more deserving causes.

So I’m really sorry that I can’t be there on the day as I’ve heard it’s great fun for riders of all ages and abilities. If only I actually could time-travel, I’d be there with my sonic screwdriver!”

Hospice spokesman Sue Bownass said:

“It’s such a wonderfully hectic year for Matt and of course we’re sorry that he can’t join us at Althorp for what is always a fabulous event but to know that he’s behind us and will be thinking of us on the day is invaluable.

Matt’s also kindly pledged to donate some signed memorabilia so we’ll raffle that and help raise a little more money for our two great causes.

Of course, we also award a prize for the best fancy dress so perhaps we might get a few daleks or even cyberman cycling this year, although it might be easier to knit a long coloured scarf and wear that instead!”

However the giving doesn’t end there.

Matt will be offering one lucky fan the chance to share afternoon tea with a Time Lord as part of an auction for two autism charities – Ambitious about Autism and The National Autistic Society.

As reported by Digital Spy, bidding is already underway for a fan and one friend to share some earl grey with Matt over at sellebrity.org.uk.

The website auction will be frozen at 11.10am on Monday, July 1st, where all bids will be carried over to the evening event, which starts at 8pm.

Bidding on the website prior to this means that fans will be able to telephone the auctioneer’s assistant during the auction to make their final bids.

The charity bike ride, Cycle 4 Cynthia is taking place at Althorp on Sunday September 22 with five, 25 or 50 mile routes.

Entry costs £15 for adults, £7.50 for children and £35 for families.

For more visit www.cycle4cynthia.com or call Sue Bownass at the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice on 01604 678088.

To bid for afternoon tea head over to sellebrity.org.uk

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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.




2 Responses to A Doctor of Charity

  1. vortexter says:

    I get the impression he’s a really nice guy and this kind of gesture does not surprise me. He’s a real asset to the show and a great ambassador. Well done Matt!

  2. Aly says:

    As a longtime Whovian and now mom of 2 autistic kids, I just want to say THANK YOU, Mr. Smith!!!!!!

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