On Saturday, Russell T. Davies and co. finally put to rest the tsunami of fan speculation and revealed to the world who will be piloting the TARDIS after David Tennant bows out at the conclusion of the 2009 Doctor Who Christmas special.
His Name… brace Yourself… Matt Smith!…
Don’t bother trying to look him up on imdb.com. That’s like trying to find George Lopez’ phone number in the phone book. Matt Smith, aged 26, will steal Peter Davison’s status as the youngest actor to ever portray The Doctor. According to www.gallifreyone.com, Smith is an up-and-coming actor of considerable prestige in Britain, much like Tennant. I will have to dig deep to discover anything else about him. At least with Tennant, we got to see him as Barty Crouch, Jr.
Based on the promo photo alone I really can’t judge yet. I remember seeing Tennant’s first promo shots and thinking, “Wow, he’s really… brown.” I will say he does have a very enigmatic look about him and a kind of steely demeanor. By looks alone, he is definitely the polar opposite of his predecessors.
Smith will begin his run as The Doctor in 2010 when the the reins of the show will be handed to screenwriting savant Steven Moffat.
With news like this, I recall the last line of Colin Baker’s first Doctor Who story.
“I am The Doctor, whether you like it or not.”
Here are exclusive snippets from Doctor Who Confidential, in which we meet Matt Smith.