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New Dr Who

oh. dear.  To paraphrase Giles...
A BOY... youngest Doctor ever.   i doubt if he has been acting long enough to manage this.  Who knows, but my heart sinks as i fear this will...

This from Wikipedia - link is all over the place at the moment - of course!

Matthew Robert Smith[1] (born 28 October 1982) is an English actor. He has performed in theatre, TV, and film. Best known perhaps for his appearances in the BBC adaptations of Phillip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North alongside Billie Piper, as well as his stage performances in On the Shore of the Wide World and Cast B of Alan Bennett's History Boys.

On 3 January 2009, during an episode of Doctor Who Confidential it was announced he will be the Eleventh Doctor on the British television series Doctor Who, the youngest actor to date to play the role.[2][3]


Smith grew up in Northampton and attended Northampton School for Boys[4]. He originally wanted to be a footballer but had to give up football after a back injury.[5] [4]. After encouragement from his drama teacher he joined the National Youth Theatre.

He studied at University of East Anglia, reading Drama and Creative Writing.


Smith did not go to drama school but was a former member of the National Youth Theatre. His performance in The Master and Margarita secured him an agent leading on to his first professional performance in Fresh Kills opposite Christian Slater[6]. Further roles came as he appeared in On the Shore of the Wide World before then moving on with co-stars Thomas Morrison and Steven Webb to Alan Bennett's History Boys.

After History Boys he moved into television, appearing in the BBC adaptations of The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North alongside Billie Piper, then as Danny Foster in the BBC TV series Party Animals.

In January 2009, his casting was announced as the Eleventh Doctor in the long running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, taking over from David Tennant. Filming will start in summer 2009 for broadcast in spring 2010.[2][3]


He's had some theatre training at least.   *shakes head*


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Jan. 5th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I was hoping they'd go the American way and have a black and/or female Doctor. It's about time!
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
LOL i think those suggestions are a bit too radical for the BBC, even with Steven Moffat.
i think it could be a female Doctor, after all there were female Time Lords, but i don't think there were any black ones, any more than there are black English people. There are black British now but not English, if you catch my drift.
i have to say, i don't much care for the look of him. David Tennant had a tendency to show a lot of white round his eyes but he has a great deal of charisma and personal charm.
i'm showing my age, i guess as i really don't have a lot of time for people under thirty; they're pretty boring...!
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