WRITING that title seems strange, because I can honestly say I have never heard of Matt Smith before now – before the embargo was broken and the secret was let out of the bag by Steven Moffat and co. (His Wikipedia page is here, if you’re in the same boat)
I haven’t watched anything he was in all the way through and can’t say he stood out in the bits I vaguely remember of the Ruby In The Smoke and Party Animals. I dare say I will be watching as much of his stuff as I can between now and 2010.
And my thoughts were heading in completely the other direction (older doctor, Bill Nighy, remember? Best gloss over it now – about as far off the mark as it was possible to get. Ha – I fooled you didn’t I? I was in on it and wanted to throw you off the scent …. not buying it? Me neither.)
I have had some time to mull it over and watched the extended interview with him on the Doctor Who website (have a look for yourself here) and read the full press release from the Beeb … I have a good feeling.
Why? Obviously I’d like to say I’ve had my eye on this kid for some time and always thought he could step up (but that would be a lie).
There are three reasons.
Firstly, he has a look about him. I know, I know, everyone has a look about them (that’s like saying he has a nose. Interesting insight, genius!), but what I mean is he looks right for this role – which Steven Moffat said played a large part in his casting from the moment he walked through the door. There’s a more than meets the eye, timeless vibe to him that will help him.
Secondly, he has earned my admiration already because he has kept his secret. I’m good at keeping secrets, but if someone told me I was the next Doctor but I had to keep it quiet, I’d last about two minutes before blurting it out to any passing stranger and bouncing off the walls. Jesus – what a thing to do!!
Finally, I know enough about Steven Moffat to say that when it comes to producing top quality television, I trust him absolutely. From Press Gang to now, he has a body of work that shines with quality.
If the Grand Moff thinks Matt Smith is the obvious choice to become the next John Smith (see what I did there!), then who am I to argue?
As Matt Smith says in his interview, he is at the start of a journey – and we are going to take every step with him (even though, at 11 years older than the new Doctor – or 892 years younger, depending on your perspective) I’m more excited than I should be!
Good luck sir – and see you in 2010.