Popular red-top news-today-chip-paper-tomorrow rag The Sun claims that Doctor Who star Matt Smith was asked to keep his clothes on for the biopic about writer Christopher Isherwood, which you can catch next week on BBC Two.
Christopher and His Kind tells the story of Isherwood’s journery to 1930s Berlin and subsequent sexual discovery in the city’s pre-war homosexual “scene”. As such this is a considerably departure from the family viewing of Doctor Who, and quite a departure for Matt himself.
While Matt played key parts in various adult dramas and movies over the past few years (Womb sticks in the memory) Christopher and His Kind was apparently the first time Matt had to get used to stubble rash.
According to the paper, a source said:
“Because Doctor Who is a firm favourite, we thought it would be better if we didn’t show Matt’s behind in his new drama.”
You know, it’s good that Matt’s main career was given such consideration by the BBC and his agent, presumably, but seriously – this was a news item?
This is one of those stories that you could make up – a famous person, an interesting situation, some logic quoted by an unnamed source – and whether true or not, it does make you wonder exactly how much we read in any paper is genuinely true and sourced and how much is sourced from other means (like the imagination…)