Matt Directs Playhouse Presents

Matt Smith is to make his directing debut for Sky Arts’ series of one-off plays, Playhouse Presents.

Smith, who’s played the Doctor since 2010’s The Eleventh Hour, will direct Cargese, written by Simon Stephens (whose award-winning plays include Port, Pornography and On the Shore of the Wide World), described by Sky as:

A unique piece of poetic realism which mines the tragic seam of adolescent love and loss.

The play revolves around a group of disaffected teens and stars Craig Roberts (Being Human; Submarine), Joe Cole (Injustice; The Hour) and The Town’s Avigail Tlalim. Filming begins next week, ready for broadcast on 25th April (by which time, Doctor Who will surely have returned to our screens, right?!). Matt said:

Sky Arts offers creative opportunities that many other channels don’t. To collaborate with Simon Stephens in this capacity was a thrilling and rare opportunity and one we both were keen to embrace.

Other names familiar to Doctor Who fans include Voyage of the Damned’s Kylie Minogue, The End of Time’s David Harewood, and Love & Monsters’ Marc Warren, the latter of whom will also be directing an episode.

Sky Arts’ Playhouse Presents series started last year with The Minor Character, which starred Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, while other episodes featured Richard E. Grant (The Snowmen), Catherine Tate (the Doctor’s loveable companion, Donna) and Last of the Time Lord’s Tom Ellis (now best-known for his role in Miranda).


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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