Who set for ‘epic’ 50th year
The latest Doctor promises a huge celebration for the show’s anniversary, writes
ACTOR Matt Smith says 2013 will be the ‘‘biggest, best, most inventive and most exciting year for sci-fi series Doctor Who as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The first episode of the new series, fasttracked to Australian television from March 31, sees the Time Lord roar up the side of London’s Shard building on a motorbike.
A special 3D anniversary show airs in November but Smith and co-star JennaLouise Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s new assistant, can’t talk about that, though Smith lets slip that he clapped when he read the script.
‘‘It does what it says on the tin – you won’t be disappointed,’’ he says.
‘‘I think it’s hilarious, I think it’s epic and I think it’s fast.
‘‘I think it’s going to be the biggest, best, most inventive and most exciting year for the show and I think this script delivers on all those points that you want it to for where the show is at this time, it’s brilliant.’’
Adds Coleman: ‘‘It pays homage to the last 50 years of the show and kind of really celebrates that, but at the same time as looking forward.’’
The pair are speaking at a special screening of the first episode of the series in London. It’s called The Bells of St John and described as a modern-day urban thriller. The duo battle a sinister new adversary – the Spoonheads – against London landmarks including Westminster Bridge and the Shard.
‘‘It’s sort of Doctor Who meets the Bourne Identity with motorcycles. We’ve got Celia Imrie being saucy and sexy, we have got aliens in your wi-fi, Westminster, the Shard, London – present day, with the Tardis in the middle of it,’’ Smith says.
He says Coleman makes a ‘‘brilliant’’ start in her role as the Doctor’s new companion, Clara Oswald.
‘‘She’s inventive, she works tirelessly hard. And I’m really proud of what she’s achieved,’’ he says.
‘‘After the Ponds I think the doctor was a little blue and I think she’s reignited his curiosity in the universe and has sort of awakened his mind and his soul. I think that’s something we’ll see grow and evolve as the series continues.’’ Coleman loves working on the show. ‘‘It’s such a unique job. I can honestly say there really is no job like Doctor Who. You can be a big kid at work and run down the corridors being chased by monsters and the scripts are just absolutely fantastic,’’ she says, adding working with Smith is a joy.
‘‘He’s been absolutely so supportive and totally and utterly there for me and he’s a really good friend.’’
Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat says the new series reveals Doctor Who’s biggest secret.
‘‘We’re not kidding, we are actually going to do it – we’re going to reveal his biggest secret,’’ he says.
Sundays from March 31, 7.30pm, ABC1.
Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith