Speaking to the BBC at the Cannes film festival today, 11th Doctor Who Matt Smith referred vaguely to his next role, focussing the conversation on web critics (hiya!), a possible future as a director and bolognese.
Smith seems to be under no illusions as to what is required of him as the Doctor – and given his earlier quotes on the role back on New Year’s Day when he was revealed to the world, he certainly seems to have a singleminded, confident approach to his art.
“I will embrace it because what else is there to do? Life is there to be embraced and enjoyed,” he says, before adding, with a cheeky grin: “That is all I will say on the matter.”
“Of course I beat myself up. But you have to roll with the punches and enjoy it all. Criticism is criticism and everyone is entitled to their opinion.”
Where or not we’ll see Matt in the role for a good few years is another matter entirely, and the young actor certainly has other ambitions beyond short films that get nominated at Cannes and travelling in TARDISes.
“In the future, at some point, I would like to get behind the camera – I’m keen to be as collaborative as possible, although, of course, my main passion remains as an actor.”
“As an actor you have to summon up so much courage. The lights go down, you hear ‘action’ and there is only one person talking. It’s a leap of faith. “
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?