Interview: Matt Smith
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Stepping back in to the TARDIS for his penultimate ride, Matt Smith takes on the role of the Doctor in his greatest adventure yet this Saturday. Here he talks about being part of the epic 50th adventure. What is it like starring in the 50th anniversary special, one of the biggest years for the show? It’s a thrill to be in the 50th anniversary. I feel very proud to be part of it and it’s a credit to everyone who started the show back in the 60s that it’s come this far. It’s a great format and a great idea. ‘The Day Of The Doctor’ marks the return of David Tennant and Billie Piper, and we get the revelation of John Hurt’s Doctor. What was it like working alongside them all? It was a joy to work with David, Billie and John Hurt. I’ve worked with Billie before and I’d obviously seen all of David’s work, especially as the Doctor. He’s a brilliant actor and a brilliant Doctor. It’s quite strange, I always sort of get that surreal thing of looking at David and thinking, ‘Oh my God, there’s Doctor Who’. And John is acting royalty. Another wonderful Doctor and again, a good bloke. I think looking back over my tenure on this show, one of the great privileges has been the quality of actors that you get to work with. Was there any kind of competitiveness between the different Doctors and companions? No, we’re not competitive, I mean there’s a funny bit in the script between the 10th and 11th Doctors comparing Sonics, so there’s competitiveness in the story, but not off screen. We just had a laugh and it was exciting to see David back in the pin striped suit and Converse. John only has to move his eyes and he flaws you and Billie is Billie. I adore Billie, so we had a great time.
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