THE man behind Doctor Who has said the Northampton-born star of the show, Matt Smith, is a joy to work with, despite labelling him “ugly”.
The next series of the hit BBC drama will start later this month, and at the London premiere of the first episode this week, the programme’s chief writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said a darker side of Smith’s character would be revealed over the next six episodes.
But he also joked that the former Northampton School for Boys pupil, who is currently dating model Daisy Lowe, would help bring comedy to the show thanks to his unusual looks.
He said: “I think one of the glories of Doctor Who is that it’s an extremely funny show. One of the first things we wanted to do when we chose a new Doctor, was make sure he was funny.
“It’s just a tremendous benefit that he happened to be a bit ugly!”
But despite joking about Smith’s appearance, the executive also paid tribute to the 28-year-old, saying he was one of the nicest possible people to work with. He said: “Matt is a joy to work with. He is genuinely one of the nicest people. And there are elements of The Doctor that are him, the fact that he tends to think he is the coolest one out there for example.
“But sometimes he seems to be the most ridiculously grown up 28-year-old in the world. He talks to you like he’s your dad at times. And he has tremendous sweetness, he’s a very nice man.”
The first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, Let’s Kill Hitler, sees The Doctor and his companions transported back to 1930s Berlin. It has faced some criticism because of its title, but Moffat said he felt it was his duty to make every episode of the hit show as “big” as possible, adding: “I want to make every single story an event, and I think we do. People shouldn’t even doze off for the next few weeks, because there’s loads to come.”
A date for the screening of Let’s Kill Hitler has not yet been confirmed by the BBC, but it is expected to be shown on Saturday, August 27.
Matt is also filming a new BBC drama which sees him take on the role of 1948 Olympic gold-medal-winning rower Bert Bushell.
Let’s Kill Hitler is a Sci-fi thriller: The title of the latest episode of Doctor Who has confused many, and angered even more. Some tabloid newspapers have fumed over the fact a trailer for the show sees The Doctor ‘save’ Hitler, while others have questioned the morality of even including references to the Nazi leader in a children’s show.
But when the programme airs later this month, much of that panic will subside. In the Doctor Who world, Hitler is a figure of fun to be pushed about by the lead characters as they get to grips with some of the show’s long-running questions, meet a new companion and tackle a mysterious robot.
Indeed, far from living up to its title, Let’s Kill Hitler is far more focused on science-fiction than many will expect. In many respects, Hitler and 1930s Germany are merely a distraction from a fast-paced thriller which sees The Doctor left fighting for his life while tackling characters from both the future and the past.Wayne Bontoft