Trivia / Matt Smith

  • Ability over Appearance: 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.)
  • Actor Allusion: In the 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.
  • The Cast Showoff: Gets to show off his football skills in the episode "The Lodger".
  • Fan Nickname: He's started to pick up a few. "King of the Hipsters" and "The Drunk Giraffe" are two of the most popular, and that's not counting the Eleventh Doctor nicknames that could apply to him, such as "Flop-Haired Wuss" or "The King of OK" or "Intergalactic Wag."
  • One of Us: Wrote Doctor Who fanfic to get in touch with his character. (It involved the Doctor meeting 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 cosplaying in a Bart Simpson mask.
  • Playing Against Type: What were his first two high-profile roles after leaving Doctor Who? Patrick Bateman in a stage adaptation of American Psycho, and freaking Skynet in Terminator Genisys!
  • Promoted Fanboy: Was an Isherwood fan before getting to play him in Christopher and His Kind.
  • Throw It In:
    • That Big Damn Kiss between the Doctor and companion Rory? Wasn't scripted.
    • Steven Moffat revealed that Catch Phrase "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.
  • Trolling Creator: 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.
  • Wag the Director: A Tropes Are Not Bad example. Matt didn't feel happy in any of the outfits the Doctor Who crew put him in, and eventually insisted on trying on a bow tie and suspenders. Steven Moffat objected that an outfit like that would be more of a Doctor Who 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.
  • What Could Have Been: 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 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.
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