Doctor Who brings joy on Christmas day special

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ACTOR Matt Smith has joked that he would like to star in Doctor Who “for the next 50 years”.

The former Northampton School for Boys pupil, who took over the lead role of the Doctor in 2010, will be at the heart of the BBC’s Christmas schedule when the Doctor Who Christmas special is shown on Christmas day.

Speaking at a preview of the show this week, he laughed-off speculation that he could soon leave the show, insisting he wanted to retain the role “for 50 years”.

Speaking about the recording of the Christmas special, he added: “It was wonderful to make.

“The children in it were marvellous. They’re the real heart of the episode and they make it a joy to watch.”

The special sees the Doctor and a young family transported into a Narnia-like world populated by mysterious creatures.

Discussing his love of playing the Doctor, Smith said: “What’s wonderful about the Doctor is he’s lots of different people.

“Because he’s very old he can be very grave and have the weight of the world on his shoulders, but he can also be playful like a child.

“So I get both of those elements and when you put them together there’s a big explosion, which is great.”

The preview of the Christmas special was watched by an audience of specially invited MPs, including the chancellor George Osborne, shadow chancellor Ed Balls and former Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy.

Also in the audience was Daventry’s Conservative MP, Chris Heaton-Harris.

He said: “I’m very much a Doctor Who geek, so I loved it.

“It was a perfect show for Christmas Day and I’ll look forward to watching it again then. It was also nice to hear Matt speaking about the show, he came across as a really nice, pleasant guy with a lovely sense of humour.

“I think he’s a great representative of Northamptonshire.”

The Doctor Who Christmas special will be shown on BBC1 at 7pm on Christmas Day.