Doctor Who (2000s) Season 7b - Matt Smith
Doctor Who (2000s) Season 7b – The Doctor (Matt Smith) in his new clothes ©BBC/BBC Wordlwide

BBC American have released an interview with Matt Smith where he talks about second part of Doctor Who (2000s) Season 7. I have made some comments thoughout this piece.

Having run down corridors from every monster imaginable, Matt Smith returns as the Doctor to face old and new foe. But he’s not alone. Along for the ride in his brand new TARDIS [interior] is the Doctor’s latest companion, Clara Oswald. Here Matt talks about what he is looking forward to from the epic new series [It might seem like a new series but this is actually the second half of ‘Nu’ Who’s Season 7. We had the first five episodes in September 2012 and a Christmas Special].

Doctor Who (2000s) Season 7b - Matt Smith

“I think it is going very exciting to introduce Clara to the world [for the third time!] and Steven has hit a real vein of form”, explains Matt as he chats enthusiastically about the new series.

Along with a new costume in this [second part of of the] season, the Doctor has a new TARDIS to travel through space and time [which of course we saw in the Christmas Special].

“Walking on to the new TARDIS was like the first day at school”, explains Matt. “I actually found it quite difficult as I had got so used to the rhythm of acting on the old one, where I used to slide about on the glass floor, but [set designer] Michael Pickwoad has done a fabulous job”, he continues. “This one is more like a machine.” [and certainly the console is more like the original even if the rest of it, including seeing those police box doors inside, is not]

Having lost his first companions, the Ponds, at the hands of the Weeping Angels in New York last year and after a period of mourning the Doctor is joined by a new companion this series, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, “she’s done brilliantly well”, says Matt. “She’s kind, charming, thoroughly prepared and very brave as an actress. And most importantly of all we get on, which is vital on a show like this. I’m so proud of what she has achieved in the last year”, he concludes.

So what do fans have to look forward to this series? An urban thriller, ‘The Bells of Saint John,’ brings the series back with a bang as the Doctor’s search for Clara Oswald takes him to modern day London, where Wi-Fi is everywhere. But something dangerous is lurking in the signals, picking off minds and imprisoning them. Filming for this James Bond-esque thriller took Matt to Westminster Bridge, the Southbank and St Paul’s, “amazing, I loved shooting in London”, says Matt, “there is something so brilliant about having the locations there ratherthan just adding them in”.

Doctor Who (2000s) Season 7b - Matt Smith

Following on from this the second episode, ‘The Rings of Akhaten,’ take the Doctor and Clara away from earth and on their first proper adventure… in outer space. “Featuring an alien market” Matt remarks, “it was very ‘Whoey’. We had between 50 to 60 prosthetic aliens, which is something that only really this show can offer”, he continues, “making it a very unique experience as an actor”.

As well as introducing some new monsters, the new series brings back a couple of old monsters in the form of the Ice Warriors [now hairless!] and Cybermen [with a change of heads!], “I think it’s good to pay homage to the classic series”, says Matt, “especially for the fans. This series we have modernized some of the monsters for a whole new generation”.

“Soggy, like drowned rats”, Matt is explaining the shooting experience for the third episode ‘Cold War,’ written by Mark Gatiss [who is currently editing the docu-drama about the William Hartnell years as the first Doctor “An Adventure in Space and Time”].

“Set on a Russian submarine spiraling out of control in 1983 an alien creature is loose on board, having escaped from a block of Arctic ice. They built a submarine and the five-year old in me was like ‘yeah it’s a submarine!’ ” says Matt. “I loved getting sprayed down at the beginning of the shoot”, Matt continues, “and it wasn’t a chore as it does so much of the acting for you, making it really authentic. Mark Gatiss has delivered one of the best episodes of the series”, he concludes.


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online