Smith: 7 Years “ages you savagely”

As revealed this week on Kasterborous, Doctor Who features on the cover of American magazine Entertainment Weekly – the first time a British show has held such an honour.

But inside, you’ll find a lot more Whovian goodness. The magazine’s Clark Collis chatted with Matt Smith during the filming of the “Victorian episode” of the show. It’s a fascinating read and contains some great insights into the making of the show and what’s coming up, and also includes Matt’s thoughts about how long he might stay with the show…

The two-page interview takes in the episode they were filming at the time, Jenna-Louise Coleman’s new role as companion and Daleks:

EW: The first show of the new season features the dreaded Daleks. What was filming that like?

MS: Wonderful! Because I got to meet my favorite Daleks, which are actually from Troughton’s era, I think. They’re the sort of pale blue and whitey ones [He’s probably referring to the Daleks first seen in the Hartnell era]. They’re a bit smaller actually. I think they’re groovy! I mean, we’ve got every Dalek that exists in the world.

And finally, discussing Smith’s future on the show:

EW: Have you discussed with Steven an end date to your tenure as the Doctor?
MS: Not really, no. We’ve got too much to plan in the meantime. We’ve got the 50th  anniversary stuff next year. I take it year by year. Because it’s such a commitment on your life. I don’t think you could do it for 7 years, like Tom Baker did. It would age you too savagely. The great thing about the Doctor is that there’s no stop sign. He can keep going and keep evolving and he can surprise you and the moment he stops surprising you is probably the moment that you should hand it over. But he still surprises me, so I’m still hanging in there.

Sounds like we’ve got him for ages yet! You can read the whole interview for yourself at Entertainment Weekly, it’s a fascinating read, go check it out!


In his spare time, Scott writes for Kasterborous, his personal blog at WordPress and the revived Starburst Magazine. He’s also on Twitter (as @Scott_V_Writer) where he tries to be interesting and verbose in 140 characters.

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