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->Hello, I'm Matt Smith, and ''I'm wearing a fez!''
-->-- '''Matt Smith''', introducing ''DoctorWhoConfidential''

Matt Smith is a British actor, born October 28th 1982, in {{the Midlands}} (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.

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 PhilipPullman's Sally Lockhart novels, alongside BilliePiper in the title role. He also appeared alongside her in ''SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'', which should make for some... interesting fanvids in the years to come.

He appears in a deleted scene of ''InBruges'' as the younger version of Ralph Fiennes' character, and decapitates a policeman with a sabre. He stars alongside [[JamesBond Bond girl]] EvaGreen in the 2010 film ''{{Womb}}''.

However, "Matt Smith ([[MeaningfulName XI]])", as he's listed on {{IMDB}}, has now been catapulted into the UK national consciousness, and is set to acquire more fangirls than you can count. On January 3rd 2009, the BBC announced that he would be succeeding DavidTennant's wildly popular Tenth Doctor when Tennant left ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the 2009 specials. Aged 26 when cast, he is the youngest person to ever play the Doctor.

Naturally, this is the fourth time where he's appeared on a show or TV special that BilliePiper has been on (and with the 50th anniversary special, the fourth time they've worked together).

Shortly after the announcement, he was seen in the {{BBC2}} three-part drama ''Moses Jones'', a murder mystery set in London's Ugandan community, as DS Dan Twentyman.

Like PeterDavison, he's succeeding a beloved, loud, eccentric, and unbelievably popular Doctor, and is the youngest Doctor at the time of his entry onto the series. He's doing spectacularly well at it as well.

Extremely clumsy, as Moffat has related - just as Moffat was proposing to Piers Wenger (fellow executive producer) to run a book on how long Smith would take to break the sonic screwdriver prop, the prop man walked past...

Not much of a fan to begin with (both he and KarenGillan grew up in the period between 1989 and 2005 when the show was off the air), he started watching the old stories and became a big fan of PatrickTroughton. (He called up StevenMoffat in the middle of the night to spend twenty minutes raving about ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]''. Then asked for a bow tie.) To get a feel for his character, he wrote FanFiction with the Doctor meeting AlbertEinstein.

He has the [[NamesTheSame same name]] as a presenter on ITV's football coverage, and over sixty cast and crew members (including eleven actors) according to [=IMDb=].

Not well-known for his musical skills, he is nevertheless an accomplished keyboardist -- and was, for one brief, shining moment, the third member of Orbital, ''actually playing the Doctor Who theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBrYrdz6YxA live at Glastonbury]]''.

The more you get to know him, the more you get the feeling he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WKDULWP7Fc has to tone it down]] to play The Doctor.

!!Tropes commonly associated with Doctor Eleven, er... Matt Smith, or even applicable to him in RealLife:
* 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.
* BowTiesAreCool: Insisted the Doctor needed a bow tie. TropeNamer.
* BuffySpeak
--> I always wanted something purple, a la [[JonPertwee Pertwee]]. And so now Iíve got purple tweed, and cool purpley boots and a cool purpley waistcoat and a purple bowtie and purple lining. Iíve 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 an Emmy.
* TheCastShowoff: Gets to show off his football skills in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger The Lodger]]".
* CloudCuckooLander
* '''{{Keet}}'''
* TheKlutz: According to StevenMoffat. There was a running bet on how long it would take for Matt to break the sonic screwdriver. See the Quotes page for more.
** While filming "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler}} Let's Kill Hitler]]," to avoid getting it dirty, Matt took off his tuxedo jacket and put it on a table...into a glass of grape juice.
** This has become so well-known amongst his fans that when the news broke that he was going to be carrying the Olympic torch in Cardiff, the (affectionate) response was "Goodbye, Cardiff. You'll rebuild."
* LanternJawOfJustice: Allegedly was made fun of in school for having an elbow on his face.
* LargeHam: Gives an ode to overacting in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree The Power of Three]]", and it is ''glorious''.
* TheMidlands
* MeaningfulName: It's rather appropriate that IMDB attaches the Roman numeral for 11 onto his name, given he's the Eleventh Doctor.
* MrFanservice: There's more where [[http://ianwylie.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/mattbafta1500.jpg?w=500&h=333 this]] came from. In that movie, ''Christopher And His Kind'', he has a very naked, very gay makeout session with a very hot man.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwy-_jbACFM Doing a strip tease. In character as the Doctor.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome For charity.]]
* NiceHat: He's become fond of [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m77895uyvN1rquhppo1_500.jpg the bowler]] as of late.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Zero. Also, Matt, KarenGillan and Creator/ArthurDarvill would often play a game of "uncomfortable touch" with new actors and see how far they could go.
* ThrowItIn: That BigDamnKiss between the Doctor and companion Rory? Wasn't scripted.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and KarenGillan like to tease each other, and during DoctorWhoConfidential, he's often seen pestering her, mimicking her Scottish accent, and sometimes chasing her around with a badger puppet. However, it's very obvious that they both care deeply for each other, and are very close friends. (This has actually been said about [[MattSmith all]] [[KarenGillan four]] [[Creator/ArthurDarvill cast]] [[AlexKingston members]] on the show at the time.)
* WagTheDirector: 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. 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.
* TheWonka: Before he was cast as the Eleventh Doctor, Smith tried out for the role of [[StraightMan Dr. John Watson]] in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Moffat rejected him for [[http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s7/doctor-who/news/a201372/matt-smith-rejected-for-bbcs-sherlock.html being too 'barmy']] -- the Moff said he would have fit Sherlock quite well, but they'd already settled on Benedict Cumberbatch for that role.
** Naturally this became HilariousInHindsight once "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]" hit the air, and he got to channel Sherlock himself. The fandom had a ''field day'' with this.
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->Hello, I'm Matt Smith, and ''I'm wearing a fez!''
-->-- '''Matt Smith''', introducing ''DoctorWhoConfidential''

Matt Smith is a British actor, born October 28th 1982, in {{the Midlands}} (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.

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 PhilipPullman's Sally Lockhart novels, alongside BilliePiper in the title role. He also appeared alongside her in ''SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'', which should make for some... interesting fanvids in the years to come.

He appears in a deleted scene of ''InBruges'' as the younger version of Ralph Fiennes' character, and decapitates a policeman with a sabre. He stars alongside [[JamesBond Bond girl]] EvaGreen in the 2010 film ''{{Womb}}''.

However, "Matt Smith ([[MeaningfulName XI]])", as he's listed on {{IMDB}}, has now been catapulted into the UK national consciousness, and is set to acquire more fangirls than you can count. On January 3rd 2009, the BBC announced that he would be succeeding DavidTennant's wildly popular Tenth Doctor when Tennant left ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the 2009 specials. Aged 26 when cast, he is the youngest person to ever play the Doctor.

Naturally, this is the fourth time where he's appeared on a show or TV special that BilliePiper has been on (and with the 50th anniversary special, the fourth time they've worked together).

Shortly after the announcement, he was seen in the {{BBC2}} three-part drama ''Moses Jones'', a murder mystery set in London's Ugandan community, as DS Dan Twentyman.

Like PeterDavison, he's succeeding a beloved, loud, eccentric, and unbelievably popular Doctor, and is the youngest Doctor at the time of his entry onto the series. He's doing spectacularly well at it as well.

Extremely clumsy, as Moffat has related - just as Moffat was proposing to Piers Wenger (fellow executive producer) to run a book on how long Smith would take to break the sonic screwdriver prop, the prop man walked past...

Not much of a fan to begin with (both he and KarenGillan grew up in the period between 1989 and 2005 when the show was off the air), he started watching the old stories and became a big fan of PatrickTroughton. (He called up StevenMoffat in the middle of the night to spend twenty minutes raving about ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]''. Then asked for a bow tie.) To get a feel for his character, he wrote FanFiction with the Doctor meeting AlbertEinstein.

He has the [[NamesTheSame same name]] as a presenter on ITV's football coverage, and over sixty cast and crew members (including eleven actors) according to [=IMDb=].

Not well-known for his musical skills, he is nevertheless an accomplished keyboardist -- and was, for one brief, shining moment, the third member of Orbital, ''actually playing the Doctor Who theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBrYrdz6YxA live at Glastonbury]]''.

The more you get to know him, the more you get the feeling he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WKDULWP7Fc has to tone it down]] to play The Doctor.

!!Tropes commonly associated with Doctor Eleven, er... Matt Smith, or even applicable to him in RealLife:
* 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.
* BowTiesAreCool: Insisted the Doctor needed a bow tie. TropeNamer.
* BuffySpeak
--> I always wanted something purple, a la [[JonPertwee Pertwee]]. And so now Iíve got purple tweed, and cool purpley boots and a cool purpley waistcoat and a purple bowtie and purple lining. Iíve 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 an Emmy.
* TheCastShowoff: Gets to show off his football skills in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger The Lodger]]".
* CloudCuckooLander
* '''{{Keet}}'''
* TheKlutz: According to StevenMoffat. There was a running bet on how long it would take for Matt to break the sonic screwdriver. See the Quotes page for more.
** While filming "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler}} Let's Kill Hitler]]," to avoid getting it dirty, Matt took off his tuxedo jacket and put it on a table...into a glass of grape juice.
** This has become so well-known amongst his fans that when the news broke that he was going to be carrying the Olympic torch in Cardiff, the (affectionate) response was "Goodbye, Cardiff. You'll rebuild."
* LanternJawOfJustice: Allegedly was made fun of in school for having an elbow on his face.
* LargeHam: Gives an ode to overacting in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E04ThePowerOfThree The Power of Three]]", and it is ''glorious''.
* TheMidlands
* MeaningfulName: It's rather appropriate that IMDB attaches the Roman numeral for 11 onto his name, given he's the Eleventh Doctor.
* MrFanservice: There's more where [[http://ianwylie.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/mattbafta1500.jpg?w=500&h=333 this]] came from. In that movie, ''Christopher And His Kind'', he has a very naked, very gay makeout session with a very hot man.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwy-_jbACFM Doing a strip tease. In character as the Doctor.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome For charity.]]
* NiceHat: He's become fond of [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m77895uyvN1rquhppo1_500.jpg the bowler]] as of late.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Zero. Also, Matt, KarenGillan and Creator/ArthurDarvill would often play a game of "uncomfortable touch" with new actors and see how far they could go.
* ThrowItIn: That BigDamnKiss between the Doctor and companion Rory? Wasn't scripted.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and KarenGillan like to tease each other, and during DoctorWhoConfidential, he's often seen pestering her, mimicking her Scottish accent, and sometimes chasing her around with a badger puppet. However, it's very obvious that they both care deeply for each other, and are very close friends. (This has actually been said about [[MattSmith all]] [[KarenGillan four]] [[Creator/ArthurDarvill cast]] [[AlexKingston members]] on the show at the time.)
* WagTheDirector: 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. 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.
* TheWonka: Before he was cast as the Eleventh Doctor, Smith tried out for the role of [[StraightMan Dr. John Watson]] in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Moffat rejected him for [[http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s7/doctor-who/news/a201372/matt-smith-rejected-for-bbcs-sherlock.html being too 'barmy']] -- the Moff said he would have fit Sherlock quite well, but they'd already settled on Benedict Cumberbatch for that role.
** Naturally this became HilariousInHindsight once "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]" hit the air, and he got to channel Sherlock himself. The fandom had a ''field day'' with this.
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30th Apr '13 12:18:19 PM theravenclawgirl
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However, "Matt Smith ([[MeaningfulName XI]])", as he's listed on {{IMDB}}, has now been catapulted into the UK national consciousness, and is set to acquire more fangirls than you can count: on January 3rd 2009, the BBC announced that he would be succeeding DavidTennant's wildly popular Tenth Doctor when Tennant left ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the 2009 specials. Aged 26 when cast, he is the youngest person to ever play the Doctor. It's rather appropriate that IMDB attaches the Roman numeral for 11 onto his name, given he's the Eleventh Doctor.

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However, "Matt Smith ([[MeaningfulName XI]])", as he's listed on {{IMDB}}, has now been catapulted into the UK national consciousness, and is set to acquire more fangirls than you can count: on count. On January 3rd 2009, the BBC announced that he would be succeeding DavidTennant's wildly popular Tenth Doctor when Tennant left ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the 2009 specials. Aged 26 when cast, he is the youngest person to ever play the Doctor. It's rather appropriate that IMDB attaches the Roman numeral for 11 onto his name, given he's the Eleventh Doctor.


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29th Apr '13 8:35:01 PM theravenclawgirl
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18th Apr '13 7:08:37 PM Digifiend
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* BowTiesAreCool: Insisted the Doctor needed a bow tie.

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* BowTiesAreCool: Insisted the Doctor needed a bow tie. TropeNamer.
16th Apr '13 7:37:24 AM DataAngel
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* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Zero. Also, Matt, KarenGillan and ArthurDarvill would often play a game of "uncomfortable touch" with new actors and see how far they could go.

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* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Zero. Also, Matt, KarenGillan and ArthurDarvill Creator/ArthurDarvill would often play a game of "uncomfortable touch" with new actors and see how far they could go.



* VitriolicBestBuds: He and KarenGillan like to tease each other, and during DoctorWhoConfidential, he's often seen pestering her, mimicking her Scottish accent, and sometimes chasing her around with a badger puppet. However, it's very obvious that they both care deeply for each other, and are very close friends. (This has actually been said about [[MattSmith all]] [[KarenGillan four]] [[ArthurDarvill cast]] [[AlexKingston members]] on the show at the time.)

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* VitriolicBestBuds: He and KarenGillan like to tease each other, and during DoctorWhoConfidential, he's often seen pestering her, mimicking her Scottish accent, and sometimes chasing her around with a badger puppet. However, it's very obvious that they both care deeply for each other, and are very close friends. (This has actually been said about [[MattSmith all]] [[KarenGillan four]] [[ArthurDarvill [[Creator/ArthurDarvill cast]] [[AlexKingston members]] on the show at the time.)
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* BowTiesAreCool: Insisted the Doctor needed a bow tie.
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!!Tropes commonly associated with Doctor Eleven, err Matt Smith, or even applicable to him in RealLife:

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!!Tropes commonly associated with Doctor Eleven, err er... Matt Smith, or even applicable to him in RealLife:
2nd Apr '13 12:07:21 AM narm00
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Naturally, this is the fourth time where he's appeared on a show or TV special that BilliePiper has been on (although she won't be alongside him this time).

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Naturally, this is the fourth time where he's appeared on a show or TV special that BilliePiper has been on (although she won't be alongside him this time).
(and with the 50th anniversary special, the fourth time they've worked together).



* BuffySpeak
--> I always wanted something purple, a la [[JonPertwee Pertwee]]. And so now Iíve got purple tweed, and cool purpley boots and a cool purpley waistcoat and a purple bowtie and purple lining. Iíve got my purple wish.



* BuffySpeak
--> I always wanted something purple, a la [[JonPertwee Pertwee]]. And so now Iíve got purple tweed, and cool purpley boots and a cool purpley waistcoat and a purple bowtie and purple lining. Iíve got my purple wish.



* WagTheDirector: Matt didn't feel happy in any of the outfits the ''DoctorWho'' crew put him in, and eventually insisted on trying on a bow tie and suspenders. StevenMoffat objected that an outfit like that would be more of a ''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.

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* WagTheDirector: Matt didn't feel happy in any of the outfits the ''DoctorWho'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' crew put him in, and eventually insisted on trying on a bow tie and suspenders. StevenMoffat objected that an outfit like that would be more of a ''DoctorWho'' ''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.
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