Matt Smith Is The New Doctor Who

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:06 pm,

doctor who matt smith1 Matt Smith Is The New Doctor WhoWith nothing but torment, the BBC1 teased people throughout the show with only the age of the new actor to play Doctor Who, as being 26. Tweeters and bloggers alike were going crazy. Some didn’t think it right that the new Doctor be younger than they are, but then, they just don’t get it then, do they?

What took me by surprise was that despite all the names that were thrown in the mix, a new one suddenly popped up as a favorite before the announcement: Matt Smith. I did my research and when it was announced, I was no longer surprised or saying what everyone else was saying: Who!?

Northampton-born actor Matt Smith has been officially announced as the new Doctor Who. Smith will appear in the iconic role starting in 2010, taking over the role from David Tennant. Smith is the 11th actor to take on the role and youngest actor ever to play the good Doctor.

Matt Smith is 26 years old and already has quite a bit of experience under his belt. Aside from Party Animals, his television experience includes the 2006 adaptation of The Ruby in the Smoke, the follow-up, The Shadow in the North, and in ITV2′s Secret Diary of a Call Girl. His stage experience includes a West End stint opposite Christian Slater in Swimming With Sharks, and other roles in the Royal Court and National Theater.

Smith was cast over Christmas. The moment the head of drama at BBC, Piers Wenger, saw his audition, he knew he was the one.

There will be a year and four specials before we see the new Doctor, but for Smith, filming starts this summer.

Now being run by a new creative team for the 2010 season, the show will be led by executive producers Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger. This casting was paramount to anything else, which obviously included the finalizations of scripts.

Though it hasn’t been quite the wait that we’ve had to endure like in other television series when they break up the final season, it was still a much anticipated announcement that the BBC1′s show, Doctor Who Confidential was going to announce the next actor that will portray the good Doctor.

The announcement was big enough that BBC1 simulcast the show live on their outdoor screens around the country in city centre locations including Hull, Liverpool, Rotherham, Swindon, Swansea, Norwich and Walthamstow.

Here’s an image of Matt as the new Dr.:

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Matt Smith as the new Dr. Who

Head over to GallifreyOne.com for more and highr-res pictures of Matt as the Dr. (and thanks to regular SR reader Ash Ali for the tip on the photo above).

The web went quite stir crazy as reporters, fans and every Doctor Who site editor emailed each other and started scurrying around to decipher this information… and then we all had to wait. Wait until the Saturday broadcast to find out who will be replacing David Tennant. Arguably one of the more popular actors to portray the quirky Doctor.

The hard part was sorting through the noise of shameless websites and tweeters announcing the new doctor, incorrectly I might add, before it was officially announced. I presume to generate traffic. It does not help a harried entertainment reporter I dare say!

And now that we know who the next Doctor Who will be, the next obvious piece to this time traveling puzzle would be who will be his assistant? Could we possibly see Billie Piper again? I only ask that because she’s worked with Matt previously. Egads, the questions never stop, but that’s what I do. Stir up the pot.

Sources: BBC News, Northampton Chronicle,

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  1. At least we will still have torchwood to watch untill they kill off the 11th doctor.

  2. Congratulations Matt Smith!! I look forward to seeing you as the 11th Doctor [as some of you out there are too]!

  3. …is this a chatroom?

  4. in hebrew:
    דיויד הוא השחקן הכי טוב לדוקטור הו..!!
    אף אחד לא יכול לקחת את המקום שלו בלב שלי…
    דיויד אני אוהבת אותך!!!
    in english:

    david tennant is the best actor to play the doctor..!! Nobody can take his place in my hart…
    david i love you!!

  5. ive loved davids time as doc. i couldnt care less if he carried on being the doctor till he looks like that wierd old little version of him self in “the sound of drums”. hehe

    but i know he will leave which is a shame but i know one thing. when i first saw christopher ecleston on the billboard around town as the new doc, i instantly thought “naaa-whos this guy-hell be awful”-i watched it and loved it!

    i hated that he was gonna leave for this skinny david tennant bloke who id never heard of!!!
    i watched tennant and the rest is history! hes a legend!

    i can only predict, im gonna watch this guy and im gonna love it :D

  6. There will be no better Doctor than David Tennant, he had everything the sex appeals, the wordiness, the voice, the movements, the style. David was truly amazing as that character and it’s going to be heart breaking to see him in the last episode. It is going to be hard to fill his shoes actually I mean chucks. Oh there is nothing better than seeing a man in a nice pair of chucks.
    I loved you as the Doctor David, good luck with all your future endeavors whatever they may be. And to ease the pain I will go watch some shoes with you in it.
    Gotta love ya xx

  7. this guy is a great actor
    i have seen him in shows before and he is good
    yes he is young but so what
    i think evryone should stop fussing about his age give him a chance for god sake
    and 26 is not that young

  8. I think physical appearance is just about as important to a character like The Dr. as acting ability.

    All the best Drs had unusual looks and the worst were handsome leading man types.

    This guy looks a little too male modelish to suit me.

  9. well. i dont care what everyone else says. i like him :) and his hair is cool.
    (:

  10. i just want to tel everybody that this boy who is going to be the new doctor is too young and he looks like he cud do with a gud hair cut and a good wash if he is the new dr who then i will not be watchin him al boycott it until he regenarates …. its a very bad chose an bbc will regreat it

  11. I hope the first show with the 11th doctor goes like this. David tenent regenerates in to matt smith. He looks in the mirror and says oh no im a twatt. He then turns to captain jack and asks him to help.Captain jack pulls out his revolver and blows his head off. He regenarates back in to a man. [one we can all relate to]. He then thanks jack. The show goes on to be a sucksess and everyone is happy. The end.

  12. Okay, I can kind of understand reservations about his age, but are the personal comments about a guy you don’t even know even slightly necessary?

  13. I only became a regular viewer of Doctor Who when David Tennant took over the role. He has the right blend of “egolessness”, wisdom and playfulness. Matt Smith does not come across as having those qualities. He looks like the writers were trying for a “Twilight” look (ugh!—the teen-age vampire appeal), which will not appeal to the older, regular, loyal viewers. I think Matt Smith was not the right choice to replace Tennant. It’s possible that the writers will be going for a more “sexualized” version of the Doctor, but that does not seem in keeping with the refreshing appeal of a non-sexual, more asexual Doctor Who.

    I do wish Matt Smith luck, but judging from his interview that I’ve watched, it won’t be a program that I eagerly look forward to watching. Smith seems a bit too “full of himself” to portray the wise, pure, good egoless Doctor.

  14. i am reli gonna miss david tennent and the eyes he had they just didnt blink they were awsom and he was awsom 2 play the doctor ….but matt smith he has got the same eyes as david so i think he will make a reli good docor and allthough he is only youg he still has exspiriance

  15. Lol sorry Joshi, didn’t mean to make things personal. It’s just frustrating that a lot of people seem to tar all us nay-sayers with the same brush.
    I admit I did take an instant dislike to Smith, but then I calmed down and decided to weigh the pros and cons and look at some of his work. Unfortunately that sinking feeling only got deeper. The more I rationalised my doubts the more I disliked him (in the part, that is, I’m sure he’s a nice guy and an ok actor). HOPE he wins me over, and if he doesn’t I hope he’s at least a generally good Doctor that other people enjoy watching :)

  16. Hence why I said most naysayers would act that way, not all. ;)

    But again, I have no interest in starting a new argument here, so we’ll just leave it as is.

  17. I think I can trust that if the show’s writers are so incredibly sold on him, he must be a good fit for the part.

  18. i am so so sad that david tennent is leaveing!! but im looking forad to seeing the next doctor who!!!!!!!!

  19. I’m tired of the character rose. She doesn’t need to return. NEVER.

  20. Matt Smith! I still think this is some sort of joke or deception by the production team. The casting is just silly. I may be wrong. I may just be living in with my head in the sand.

    In short I think he is wrong. I will watch his first episode in case i’m wrong (I’m open minded) But if its no good. Goodbye Doctor who from my weekend TV slot.

  21. I’ll reserve my judgment to after seeing a few episodes with this actor. To be honest, I was tentative when Tennant took over, not due to his age but due to his over-the-top dramatic style. But then, he grew into the role and the role quite literally grew around him; I ended up loving his portrayal.

    As for the new guys young looks, I feel it can be used to lead us into a number of different plots. Remember, as fans, we know the Doctor; we know who and what he is, what he can do and where he has been (and where he has still got to go.)

    Some people ask “How can a young man be a 900 year old legendary, universe saving, cursed, time lord?” Maybe that’s going to be The Question of this incarnation. In a sense the Doctor will have to prove himself not only to those he meets but to his potential companions and finally, I suspect, to himself.

    Obviously I could be giving too much credit to this choice and it could have been a simple case of someone very high up at the BBC making a choice based on “what sells.” But either way, with the right writing and production, this could be a choice that is good for the series. Or it could be a total florp. Again, we’ll see.

    Finally, I do hope that the writers do not turn this into a teen drama. I’m 2 years older than this man and I’m in no mood to watch whole seasons of romantic subplots, at least not more then what has occurred during the last Doctors portrayal. Situations that struck a good balance.

    As for the new guys young looks, I feel it can be used to lead us into a number of different plots. Remember, as fans, we know the Doctor we know who and what he is, what he can do and where he has been. Some people ask “How can a young man be a 900 year old legendary, universe saving, cursed, time lord? Maybe that’s going to be The Question of this incarnation. In a sense the Doctor will have to prove himself not only to those he meets but to his potential companions and again to himself more so than before. Obviously I could be giving too much credit to this choice and it could have been a simple case of someone very high up at the BBC making a choice based on “what sells.” But either way, with the right writing and production, this could be a choice that is good for the series. Or it could be a total florp.

    I do hope that the writers do not turn this into a teen drama. I’m 2 years older than this man and I’m in no mood to watch romantic plot lines, at least not more then what has occurred during the last Doctors portrayal.

  22. Damn double edit/copy/paste. Oops. Ignore everything after “good balance” :P

  23. I love the show & will give this new Dr. Who a chance. Must say though, I do hope the BBC can spring for some eyebrows for Mr. Smith before they start filming. Hopefully he’ll look a bit less like an Edward Scissorhands look-a-like once makeup has finished with him. He should definitely keep the glasses on at all times. Yikes!

  24. OK – I thought I should give his acting abililty a second shot since every one was having a go at me a few weeks ago. So I have tried the first two episodes of Moses Jones in which Matt plays the embarrassingly young looking detective called Twentyman.

    Oh dear…. oh dear, oh dear, oh dear…

  25. Moses Jones on the whole has not been a good show. Convoluted plot, stilted dialogue..bleh. Get your hands on some episodes of Party Animals. That would be a better show to judge him off of.

  26. I watched the first episode of moses jones. Not my sort of show realy, but wanted to see if matt smith was eny good. And to try and see if ther was eny evidence of him being able to play the doctor…..NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO… I think the bbc are having us on.

  27. Oh, no no no. Moses Jones is a TERRIBLE show to judge him by. The script is atrocious.

  28. Chi Said: “He IS pretty skinny, but he seems cute enough :) I’m sure as soon as I see him as The Doctor, his looks will skyrocket to total hotness :D”

    This is exactly why Matt Smith shouldn’t have been cast. Who makes the casting decisions for Doctor Who these days? A 15 year old school girl with hearts for eyes.

    Absolutely ridiculous choice. Enough. Can this sad sack and cast Robert Carlyle.

  29. >>Who makes the casting decisions for Doctor Who these days?<<

    Steven Moffat. One of the greatest writers Doctor Who has ever had, and someone who knows far more than you do about this.

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