Interview: Matt Smith
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Dr Who is returning to our screens tomorrow night with five new adventures. Donning the compulsory tweed for the third time, Matt Smith is getting ready for more adventures through space and time as the Doctor. Here he talks about his hopes for the new series, what fans have to look forward to and saying goodbye to the Ponds. “Asylum Of The Daleks is going to be a cracker,” states Matt as he talks excitedly about the opener of the new series. “Steven has written and absolute belter and we have made the Daleks scary again, something I am not sure we got right before.” With Asylum Of The Daleks featuring Daleks from all of the decades, does Matt have any favourites? “Absolutely! The blue and white ones from the 1960s, I think they are from the Troughton era… they are just kind of groovy, smaller but fantastic. The day we filmed with all of those Daleks there was such an excitable atmosphere on set from cast and crew alike. It was a brilliant few days at work! “With five big adventures for the Doctor and his companions, this series it is set to be epic. We have five of the most exciting standalone episodes, with everything from Daleks to dinosaurs and of course, the fall of the Ponds.” He adds: "I love Asylum of the Daleks and episode five, but I am immensely proud of all of them.” The second episode sees viewers taken on an incredible prehistoric adventure with the unusually titled Dinosaurs On A Spaceship. What did Matt think when he first heard those four words? “Steven, you are a genius!,” he says. “It’s Doctor Who in a nutshell. I have always wanted to do a dinosaur episode, so I was very pleased to get the chance. And the director Saul (Metzstein) has done a fantastic job, with David Bradley playing a cracking villain. “I think it is such a fun episode with a wonderfully crafted script by Chris Chibnall.” During this series Matt Smith’s Doctor gets faced with a lot of new challenges. Not only does he get to live out many a childhood dream of becoming a cowboy for the day by riding a horse in the western themed episode, A Town Called Mercy, but he also got the once in a lifetime opportunity... to ride a dinosaur. More painful than you can imagine, Matt gives us an insight in to just what that was like: “I had to wear padded trousers! Dinosaurs are a lot lumpier than horses, so it was a painful couple of hours, a laugh though and definitely worth it as it’s going to look great.” As the most ambitious series to date, locations play a key role in creating scale and meeting that ambition. Travelling to the Spanish mountains for episode one, Almeria in Spain for episode three (A Town Called Mercy) and New York for the Pond’s departure in episode episode, Matt believes they really help transport the viewer and the character. He says: “There is only so much CGI can do. We were in the middle of a western village, which was brilliant for Doctor Who, adding to the imagination of it all. And I am such a fan of New York, and we got to use some properly iconic locations, like Central Park.
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