History Creator / MattSmith

10th Feb '17 1:03:03 AM MrTerrorist
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** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in ''Series/{{The Crown|2016}}'', where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".

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** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in ''Series/{{The Crown|2016}}'', ''Series/TheCrown2016'', where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".



* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]] What were his first two high-profile roles after leaving ''Doctor Who''? Patrick Bateman in a stage adaptation of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'', and freaking '''Skynet''' in ''Film/TerminatorGenisys''! He followed this as [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily Prince Phillip]] in the Netflix series ''The Crown''.

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* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]] What were his first two high-profile roles after leaving ''Doctor Who''? Patrick Bateman in a stage adaptation of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'', and freaking '''Skynet''' in ''Film/TerminatorGenisys''! He followed this as [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily Prince Phillip]] in the Netflix series ''The Crown''.''Series/TheCrown2016''.
27th Dec '16 4:46:05 AM JamesAustin
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Matt appeared in the National Theatre production of ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'', which was also made into a film, but not with him in. On TV, he appeared as Jim Taylor in two adaptations of the ''Literature/SallyLockhart'' novels, alongside Creator/BilliePiper in the title role. He also appeared alongside her in ''Series/SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'', which should make for some... interesting fanvids in the years to come.

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Matt Smith appeared in the National Theatre production of ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'', which was also made into a film, but not with him in. On TV, he appeared as Jim Taylor in two adaptations of the ''Literature/SallyLockhart'' novels, alongside Creator/BilliePiper in the title role. He also appeared alongside her in ''Series/SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'', which should make for some... interesting fanvids in the years to come.



* AbilityOverAppearance: [[invoked]] Steven Moffat said at one point that he was getting sick of younger Doctors, and was planning to cast an actor who was at least middle-aged. In walks Matt, who was only in his mid-20's at the time, and the rest is history. (Note that Smith was indeed followed up by an older Doctor -- Peter Capaldi took over the role at 55, older than any other Doctor save John Hurt.) %% Capaldi as of "Deep Breath" was older than Hartnell as of "An Unearthly Child".

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* AbilityOverAppearance: [[invoked]] Steven Moffat said at one point that he was getting sick of younger Doctors, and was planning to cast an actor who was at least middle-aged. In walks Matt, Smith, who was only in his mid-20's at the time, and the rest is history. (Note that Smith was indeed followed up by an older Doctor -- Peter Capaldi took over the role at 55, older than any other Doctor save John Hurt.) %% Capaldi as of "Deep Breath" was older than Hartnell as of "An Unearthly Child".



** Steven Moffat revealed that CatchPhrase "Come along, Pond" was purely Matt's invention. Apparently, Smith started calling her that during their very first photo shoot together before filming even began. When he heard it, he merely started adding into the script.

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** Steven Moffat revealed that CatchPhrase "Come along, Pond" was purely Matt's Smith's invention. Apparently, Smith started calling her that during their very first photo shoot together before filming even began. When he heard it, he merely started adding into the script.
27th Dec '16 4:44:28 AM JamesAustin
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* ActorAllusion: In the 2011 movie ''Christopher and His Kind'', Matt Smith's character and his mother are having an argument about him returning to medical school. She asks him, "Don't you want to be a doctor?" It's a shame there is no behind-the-scenes outtakes on the DVD to see what Matt Smith's answer is.

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* ActorAllusion: [[invoked]] In the 2011 movie ''Christopher and His Kind'', Matt Smith's character and his mother are having an argument about him returning to medical school. She asks him, "Don't you want to be a doctor?" It's a shame there is no behind-the-scenes outtakes on the DVD to see what Matt Smith's answer is.
27th Dec '16 4:43:04 AM JamesAustin
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On 1 June 2013, over the sound of fangirls everywhere sobbing enough tears to double Britain's annual rainfall, he announced that he would be [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22741493 leaving the show]] at Christmas. "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with '[[Creator/KarenGillan the ginger]], [[Creator/ArthurDarvill the nose]], and [[Creator/JennaLouiseColeman the impossible one]]'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys."

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On 1 June 2013, over the sound of fangirls everywhere sobbing enough tears to double Britain's annual rainfall, he announced that he would be [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22741493 leaving the show]] at Christmas. "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with '[[Creator/KarenGillan the ginger]], [[Creator/ArthurDarvill the nose]], and [[Creator/JennaLouiseColeman [[Creator/JennaColeman the impossible one]]'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys."



!!Tropes associated with this actor include:


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!!Tropes associated with this actor's work include:
* AbilityOverAppearance: [[invoked]] Steven Moffat said at one point that he was getting sick of younger Doctors, and was planning to cast an
actor include:

who was at least middle-aged. In walks Matt, who was only in his mid-20's at the time, and the rest is history. (Note that Smith was indeed followed up by an older Doctor -- Peter Capaldi took over the role at 55, older than any other Doctor save John Hurt.) %% Capaldi as of "Deep Breath" was older than Hartnell as of "An Unearthly Child".
* ActorAllusion: In the 2011 movie ''Christopher and His Kind'', Matt Smith's character and his mother are having an argument about him returning to medical school. She asks him, "Don't you want to be a doctor?" It's a shame there is no behind-the-scenes outtakes on the DVD to see what Matt Smith's answer is.



* BuffySpeak: (Full interview [[http://www.sfx.co.uk/2013/03/25/exclusive-matt-smith-talks-new-doctor-who-series-and-50th-anniversary-special/ online]])
-->'''Matt Smith:''' I always wanted something purple, à la [[Creator/JonPertwee Pertwee]]. And so now I've got purple tweed, and cool purpley boots and a cool purpley waistcoat and a purple bowtie and purple lining. I've got my purple wish.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He is, frankly, completely mad and a massive goof but also a very talented actor and the first Doctor to be nominated for a Bafta TV award.
* CareerEndingInjury: Originally wanted to be a professional football (not the American kind) player, but a back injury put an end to that. Instead, he went into acting. See TheCastShowoff.
* HamToHamCombat: Matt Smith vs. ''[[ActingForTwo Matt Smith]]'' in "Nightmare in Silver". He's also had some pretty epic battles with ''Who'''s guest stars, such as Dame Diana Rigg in "The Crimson Horror".
* TheKlutz: Has the reputation. When it was announced that for the 2012 Olympics he'd be the torch bearer through Cardiff, fans posted, "Farewell, Cardiff. You will rebuild." Steven Moffat even wrote a blog post once about Matt walking around with a guitar slung across his back; that was bad enough, but Karen Gillan apparently took it as a challenge to see how close she could get without being injured and followed right behind him, horrifying all who watched.

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* BuffySpeak: (Full interview [[http://www.sfx.co.uk/2013/03/25/exclusive-matt-smith-talks-new-doctor-who-series-and-50th-anniversary-special/ online]])
-->'''Matt Smith:''' I always wanted something purple, à la [[Creator/JonPertwee Pertwee]]. And so now I've got purple tweed, and cool purpley boots and a cool purpley waistcoat and a purple bowtie and purple lining. I've got my purple wish.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He is, frankly, completely mad and a massive goof but also a very talented actor and the first Doctor to be nominated for a Bafta TV award.
* CareerEndingInjury:
TheCastShowoff: [[invoked]] Originally wanted to be a professional football (not the American kind) player, but a back injury put an end to that. Instead, he went into acting. See TheCastShowoff.
* HamToHamCombat: Matt Smith vs. ''[[ActingForTwo Matt Smith]]''
he gets to show off his football skills in "Nightmare in Silver". He's also had some pretty epic battles with ''Who'''s guest stars, such as Dame Diana Rigg in the ''Doctor Who'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Crimson Horror".
* TheKlutz: Has the reputation. When it was announced that for the 2012 Olympics he'd be the torch bearer through Cardiff, fans posted, "Farewell, Cardiff. You will rebuild." Steven Moffat even wrote a blog post once about Matt walking around with a guitar slung across his back; that was bad enough, but Karen Gillan apparently took it as a challenge to see how close she could get without being injured and followed right behind him, horrifying all who watched.
Lodger"]].



* UsefulNotes/TheMidlands



** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Series/TheCrown2016, where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".

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** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Series/TheCrown2016, ''Series/{{The Crown|2016}}'', where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".god".
* OneOfUs: [[invoked]] Wrote ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic to get in touch with his character. (It involved the Doctor meeting [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]].) He also wanted to try and walk the floor at Comic-Con to see what it was like from the other side. Naturally this was difficult, so how did he go about it? By [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU0aD91nGKU cosplaying in a Bart Simpson mask.]]
* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]] What were his first two high-profile roles after leaving ''Doctor Who''? Patrick Bateman in a stage adaptation of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'', and freaking '''Skynet''' in ''Film/TerminatorGenisys''! He followed this as [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily Prince Phillip]] in the Netflix series ''The Crown''.
* PromotedFanboy: [[invoked]] Was an Isherwood fan before getting to play him in ''Christopher and His Kind''.
* ThrowItIn: [[invoked]]
** That BigDamnKiss between the Doctor and companion Rory? Wasn't scripted.
** Steven Moffat revealed that CatchPhrase "Come along, Pond" was purely Matt's invention. Apparently, Smith started calling her that during their very first photo shoot together before filming even began. When he heard it, he merely started adding into the script.
* TrollingCreator: [[invoked]] Working with Steven Moffat has had this effect. Initially, Smith swore that the fish fingers he ate with custard were actual fish fingers; it was later revealed they were actually coconut breaded cakes. Remember kids, Rule One: The Doctor Lies.
* WagTheDirector: [[invoked]] A TropesAreTools example. Smith didn't feel happy in any of the outfits the ''Series/DoctorWho'' crew put him in, and eventually insisted on trying on a bow tie and suspenders. Creator/StevenMoffat objected that an outfit like that would be more of a ''Doctor Who'' parody than anything else. As soon as Smith was in his chosen outfit, though, things fell into place and his Doctor's entire wardrobe was changed into the one we know and love about half a day before the deadline.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]] He originally auditioned for ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', but was rejected for being "too barmy". Steven Moffat, who created the show, saw his performance and offered the role of the Eleventh Doctor to him.
20th Dec '16 1:05:37 PM Xtifr
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'''Matthew Robert Smith''' (born October 28, 1982) is a British actor from UsefulNotes/TheMidlands (Northampton to be precise). He aimed to be a professional footballer, but a back injury put an end to that, and he went into acting instead.

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'''Matthew Matthew Robert Smith''' Smith (born October 28, 1982) is a British actor from UsefulNotes/TheMidlands (Northampton to be precise). He aimed to be a professional footballer, but a back injury put an end to that, and he went into acting instead.
6th Nov '16 4:50:23 PM DeanMT94
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** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in TheCrown2016, where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".

to:

** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in TheCrown2016, Series/TheCrown2016, where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".
6th Nov '16 4:49:33 PM DeanMT94
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** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in TheCrown, where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".

to:

** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in TheCrown, TheCrown2016, where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".
6th Nov '16 4:49:03 PM DeanMT94
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** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in TheCrown, where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".
16th Apr '16 3:50:52 PM LondonKdS
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Steven Moffat said at one point that he was getting sick of younger Doctors, and was planning to cast an actor who was at least middle-aged. In walks Matt, who was only in his mid-20's at the time, and the rest is history. (Note that Smith was indeed followed up by an older Doctor -- Peter Capaldi took over the role at 55, older than any other Doctor save John Hurt.) %% Capaldi as of Deep Breath was older than Hartnell as of An Unearthly Child.
* ActorAllusion: In the movie ''Film/ChristopherAndHisKind'', Matt Smith's character and his mother are having an argument about him returning to medical school. She asks him, "Don't you want to be a doctor?" It's a shame there is no behind-the-scenes outtakes on the DVD to see what Matt Smith's answer is.

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* AbilityOverAppearance: Steven Moffat said at one point that he was getting sick of younger Doctors, and was planning to cast an actor who was at least middle-aged. In walks Matt, who was only in his mid-20's at the time, and the rest is history. (Note that Smith was indeed followed up by an older Doctor -- Peter Capaldi took over the role at 55, older than any other Doctor save John Hurt.) %% Capaldi as of Deep Breath was older than Hartnell as of An Unearthly Child.
* ActorAllusion: In the movie ''Film/ChristopherAndHisKind'', Matt Smith's character and his mother are having an argument about him returning to medical school. She asks him, "Don't you want to be a doctor?" It's a shame there is no behind-the-scenes outtakes on the DVD to see what Matt Smith's answer is.



* TheCastShowoff: Gets to show off his football skills in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]].



* OneOfUs: Wrote ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic to get in touch with his character. (It involved the Doctor meeting [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]].) He also wanted to try and walk the floor at Comic-con to see what it was like from the other side. Naturally this was difficult, so how did he go about it? By [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU0aD91nGKU cosplaying in a Bart Simpson mask.]]
* PromotedFanboy: Was an Isherwood fan before getting to play him in ''Christopher and His Kind''.
* ThrowItIn:
** That BigDamnKiss between the Doctor and companion Rory? Wasn't scripted.
** Steven Moffat revealed that CatchPhrase "Come along, Pond" was purely Matt's invention. Apparently, Matt started calling her that during their very first photo shoot together before filming even began. When he heard it, he merely started adding into the script.
* TrollingCreator: Working with Steven Moffat has had this effect. Initially, Matt swore that the fish fingers he ate with custard were actual fish fingers; it was later revealed they were actually coconut breaded cakes. Remember kids, Rule One: The Doctor Lies.
* WagTheDirector: A TropesAreNotBad example. Matt didn't feel happy in any of the outfits the ''Series/DoctorWho'' crew put him in, and eventually insisted on trying on a bow tie and suspenders. Creator/StevenMoffat objected that an outfit like that would be more of a ''Series/DoctorWho'' parody than anything else. As soon as Matt was in his chosen outfit, though, things fell into place and his Doctor's entire wardrobe was changed into the one we know and love about half a day before the deadline.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: At this moment, people could have been watching him running around the streets of London chasing criminals as Dr. John Watson. He originally auditioned for Series/{{Sherlock}}, but was rejected for being "too barmy". Steven Moffat, who created the show, saw his performance and offered the role of the Eleventh Doctor to him.
16th Nov '15 11:14:29 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* LargeHam: Gives an ode to overacting in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree "The Power of Three"]], and it is ''glorious''. Turns it UpToEleven when playing the Cyber-Planner "Mr. Clever" persona in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver "Nightmare in Silver"]].

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* LargeHam: Gives an ode to overacting in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree "The Power of Three"]], and it is ''glorious''. Turns it UpToEleven (Ha!) when playing the Cyber-Planner "Mr. Clever" persona in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver "Nightmare in Silver"]].
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