Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith spoke to Doctor Who.TV about his swansong – The Time of the Doctor. Here are some highlights.
On The Time of the Doctor, Matt said “Steven has written a brilliant, adventurous, funny episode and I’m really thrilled with it. It feels wonderfully Christmassy. I think it’s good for the Doctor to go out with a bang, a crash and a wallop. I’m pleased it’s really funny and mad…Steven’s managed to tie in plot points and narratives that have been threaded through over years and I think that’s ingenious.
On shooting his last episode: “It felt very emotional to be doing my final episode. My mother is mortified, honestly she was at the front of campaign for me to stay and wasn’t happy when I said I was going to leave. But, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Of course, it’s very sad for me in many ways because everything is the last time. It’s the last read through, the last time I put on the bow tie and the last scene in the TARDIS. But the show is about change and I had lunch with Peter Capaldi shortly after the announcement and I think he’s just going to be incredible. He has the most brilliant ideas. As a fan, I’m genuinely excited to see what he’s going to do because I think he’s going to do something extraordinary.”
On his fans: “I was doing a promo shoot for the 50th and these two girls came on set. They had made me this book which must have had 50 or 60 letters in, saying thank you for being Doctor Who, for being part of it. Things like that are amazing. I’ve said it before, the fans of this show are really spectacular and they’ve made this an extraordinary journey for me and I’m very, very grateful. I don’t think there’s another set of fans like it.”
Jenna Coleman discussed her role in The Time of the Doctor and her feelings about next series…
On reading the final script: “It was very emotional. Just going through the process of saying goodbye was difficult. The script itself is very emotional, but also joyous. But saying those words and saying goodbye was never going to be easy.”
On Clara’s future: I think there had to be a sense of mystery last year to make the plot work. What’s really interesting is that it does feel like we’re starting again and we get to see her home life as well as her life with the Doctor…It will be a different show next year. We have a bit of a gap before we start filming the new series, so I have time to get my head around it all…this episode is very much about Matt, and the Eleventh Doctor and Clara and their last adventure together. I have no idea where we’re going to next series!
On her new Doctor Peter Capaldi: Me and Peter will get together before Christmas to start rehearsing and the scripts will start coming in. He’s going to be so different to Matt and take the show in an interesting direction.
On what she will miss about Matt Smith: Everything! When you’re reading a scene with him he can turn anything on its head. He’s so inventive, clever and very funny. There’s just so much that I’ll miss about him.