The Doctor returns for a five-part stint, and begins by facing his deadliest foes. Matt Smith tells TV Choice more...
The Doctor is facing every Dalek ever in this week’s episode. Do you have a favourite Dalek design?
I like the very first ones, from 1963. I just think they’re the best. I texted [Doctor Who executive producer] Steven Moffatt a photo of me and Kaz [Karen Gillan, who plays Amy] with it, saying, ‘This is our favourite Dalek’. Then he tweeted it! But they’re totally my favourite.
It’s a great start to the series, all the Daleks through the ages…
I know, every single Dalek you could ever meet. It’s incredible. Steven is like a sort of schoolboy on set. But we all are. It does something incredible to the crew, the Daleks. It’s unlike any other monster. I think that and the Weeping Angels are the ones people get the most excited about.
The Doctor is never quite as confident or flippant when he meets the Daleks, is he?
I think that’s really interesting, actually, and I’m always fascinated in the Doctor when he’s vulnerable or afraid. The Daleks really strike a chord with him — that idea of being trapped in a metal casing is appalling to him.
Have you seen many of the old Dalek stories?
Well, not all of them. But I love Genesis of the Daleks [a Tom Baker story from 1975]. It’s very bleak! I like it when Doctor Who pushes the tone of storytelling and goes into areas that are dark and disturbing and trippy and sci-fi and weird. Because it can do all of those things, so I think, why not push that?
Amy and Rory Pond, played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, are leaving during this run. How do you feel about that?
Of course, I’m going to miss them terribly because they’re my great friends and creatively we’re very in tune with one another. But, that didn’t happen overnight — we had to work at it. However all stories come to their conclusion. Isn’t it exciting? You go, ‘Okay, let’s see what you’ve got. Let’s see in what other way we can tell the story’. And I’m quite interested to see what it does to the Doctor, to lose them and change from them and then have a different companion.
We’ve heard rumours that there might be some more old school Doctor Who monsters along next year.
You haven’t! Where on Earth did you hear this?
The internet! Oh, that internet! I tell you! They are pretty well informed. Yeah, I suppose there are, but then I don’t want to give anything away, really, of what might or might not be coming up. Perhaps there are some classic monsters coming back. There’s one I’m very intrigued by, which we haven’t seen for quite some time…
So we'll be seeing a thing we haven’t seen for quite some time?
Well, maybe. We might. A thing we haven’t seen since the series returned to our screens in 2005.
Do you get much input on your storylines?
Absolutely nothing. And who would I be to go to the Moff and go, ‘Oh, by the way, Steven, do you think…?’ And he’d go [dismissive gesture].
Have you got an episode in you, do you think?
Oh yeah! I definitely have an idea for an episode, just because I’m doing it a lot and I’m quite interested in directing. So I try to think of it from that point of view sometimes.
Could you tease us about what that episode would be?
Oh, well. Let’s just say it’s set in Manchester and it revolves around the Doctor and a little boy. That’s all I’ll say.
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