You know it’s getting close to the new series of [[Doctor Who (TV Series)|Doctor Who]] when major interviews with its stars start appearing in the press. This weekend, The Guardian published its interview with new Doctor, Matt Smith.
To be very cruel, it’s essentially a puff piece, profiling Smith for people who probably haven’t already researched him. I mean, one entire paragraph is dedicated to his dead cat, Timmy! In other places, it gives the impression that Smith is a vibrant and energetic character himself, and possibly addicted to Mini Eggs. If that gets out, he’ll have more Mini Eggs sent to him than he could eat in a lifetime.
Things get interesting when Smith finally gets talking about The Doctor, his approach to playin the character and about [[Karen Gillan]], the Doctor’s latest companion. On the subject of the eleventh Doctor:
He’s a little reckless. He’ll walk into a room and have a million things to do. And, as opposed to knowing exactly how to get out, he’ll take it up to the precipice: don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, and boom, there’s the idea. And it’s a bit mad and reckless. It’s very doof, doof, doof. And he’s got a companion who I think is the hardest to handle. And she’s quite mad. But the Doctor’s quite mad as well. So together…
Matt also reveals that he’s taken advice from former Time Lords Peter Davison and [[David Tennant]], but says the ride is his own from now on. He describes Karen Gillan as “mad as a box of cats”:
Does he fancy her? “Me, Matt Smith, or the Doctor?” The Doctor? “Well, you’ll have to see, won’t you?” And Matt Smith? “Noooh!” he protests. “She’s my mate, Kaz, I just take the mick out of her every day.” It’s not very gentlemanly to say you don’t fancy her, I say. “No, listen, she’s a beautiful woman, you know, but we work together – that would be an error. That would be an error!“
Anyway, I came away a little underwhelmed – I always want more information, and Smith’s hands are tied at the moment with pre-series stuff. I think interviews with him will be ten times more interesting when we’ve met his character and seen some of the adventures he’s been on. Read the complete Guardian interview here.