Saturday, January 03, 2009

Meet the new Who

Anonymous was cock on! Matt Smith, the 26 year old star of the BBC comedy drama Party Animals, has been named as the new Doctor Who due to take over from David Tennant in 2010.

Steven Moffat, the new producer of the series, said Smith was perfect casting because he was someone who was old and young at the same time. "The Doctor is a very special part, and it takes a very special actor to play him. You need to be old and young at the same time, a boffin and an action hero, a cheeky schoolboy and the wise old man of the universe. As soon as Matt walked through the door, and blew us away with a bold and brand new take on the Time Lord, we knew we had our man."

Of his casting, Smith said: "I'm flabbergasted. I haven't slept really! [Doctor Who] is an iconic part of our culture, and now I'm taking that on. It's nerve wracking. Exciting. Exciting."

Info taken from the Daily Telegraph online edition as was photo top. Second photo courtesy of Troika Management.

11 comments:

Stuart Peel said...

Wow this is a BIG risk. Asking a 26 year old to play a 900 year old time lord is a huge challenge. I thought Tennant was too young, so this guy is positively a foetus !!

What worries me is that they may be thinking of trying to create a heart throb more than a convincing Doctor. Have they given in to commercial concerns ?

joelmead said...

Did anyone get it right?

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Lets hope he gets a new haircut before he starts!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Stu - It is. But most re-castings of the Doc are a risk. Poor old Colin Baker proved to be a nightmare. And Peter Davison was only three years older when he got the part so we'll see. My fervent hope is that it doesn't get dumbed down or soapyfied. I can't see it with the Moff in charge.

Joel - Yes! The mysterious 'Anonymous' was spot on ... I just need them to email me with an addres fpr their prize.

Sarah - Curiously, the Moff mentioned Matt's hair twice in the interview - but in a very positive light. It looks like Doctor No. 11 will be the hairy Time Lord.

Stuart Peel said...

Well I've seen the programme now that introduced the new actor, and feel a bit more comfortable with it. He certainly has an other-worldly quality and seems quite quirky. Obviously Moffatt started out with the same thought as me, that it needed to be an actor in his 40's, but whatever this Smith guy has it must be interesting. Let's see.

One thing's for sure, the scripts won't be weak, and that's half the struggle isn't it ?

Blog Princess G said...

Wow. I grew up with Jon Pertwee who was a sort of grandfatherly Dr. Who. This is the first Dr. Who I could have literally borne. Golly. Interesting though, I think he's got that important element of oddness, and not an oddness that will feel carefully applied, more like a natural eccentricity... I hope.

doctawho42 said...

In the Moff we trust.

...We also find Matt Smith even handsomer than David Tennant. Bit pissed off that Bill Nighy didn't get the role, despite my blatant pimping of him.

Still, I'm really looking forward to the new guy. He seems interesting and intelligent enough to make the role his own.

Lara said...

You've been tagged...x

Stevyn Colgan said...

Lara - Thanks dear. See my next post!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Stu, Princess G, Hannah - I'm sure that the Moff's instincts are right. There is something strangely otherworldly about this lad ...

SweetPeaSurry said...

I sure am going to miss Tennant though.