Matt Smith, our soon to be Doctor-deserter, took part in a lengthy interview with Vulture while in hanging out in Los Angeles this week. I expect while recuperating from San Diego Comic Con at former companion, Karen Gillan’s apartment. At least that’s what I’m imagining. I mean, who else does he know in L.A.? But like I said, it’s a pretty lengthy interview and is simply chocked full of goodies. Like this, Smith already knows what he’s taking from Doctor Who‘s set when he officially departs later this year,
You steal things! What are you planning to steal from set once you’re done?
I plan on taking the sonic screwdriver.
I don’t think you’re allowed to, are you?
I don’t care. And I’ll take my jacket, probably. I’m really sad to be leaving! I love the show!
Not really all that surprising. I’m fairly certain David Tennant also swiped his screwdriver and I know he has one of his suits because they had to de-mothball it to use for the 50th anniversary special. And speaking of Tennant, Smith talked about the dynamic of working with his 10th Doctor and Rose (Billie Piper),
How does Eleven get on with Ten and Rose?
Well first, [Billie Piper, who plays Rose] is a great friend of mine anyway. We’ve worked together and I’m very fond of her. She’s wonderful. But yeah, bizarrely, if you look at previous Doctor Who stories, they tend to be quite grouchy with each other, but I think Ten and Eleven actually like each other. David and I do in real life as well, and our Doctors are quite collaborative.
Did he pass on any advice back when you took over?
He just wished me luck, really. He said, “I’m always here to talk, and if you need me, give me a ring.” But it’s always an individual experience where you sort of have to go through the highs and lows on your own. It’s a bit like playing Hamlet. Not to place too much importance on what we do, but it has to be totally an individual response.
Do go check out the entire interview with Vulture, especially for a funny story of Matt and Karen having dinner together and Matt’s attempts to pull her wig off. Man, would Marvel have flipped the fuck out had he accidentally caused the reveal in a busy Hollywood restaurant instead of in Hall H!