So after what seems like a long time of speculation, we finally have the official announcement. Actor Matt Smith has been named the new face of Doctor Who.
Now, Mr. Smith (OMG, that’s so funny, his real last name is Smith, just like the Doctor so often uses as an alias, LOL!) is a relatively unknown commodity on this side of the ocean, but certainly the press in Britain seems to think he is pretty good. And seeing him interviewed, I can sort of see where the Doctor could go in his hands, and I think I like it. What I really like is that they’ve gone with a younger actor. The names that had been bounced around previously seemed like they were going to take the role back to the days of Patrick Troughton and company. An older, more mature Doctor, as opposed to the young and vibrant Doctor that Tennant has given us. What I’ve loved about the current Doctor Who series is that mix of dark, been there seen that, character and the wide eyed explorer that gets giddy at the thought of even the slightest new discovery. I think Matt Smith might just be the man for this. Not to mention that I think with Stephen Moffat taking over, we need a Doctor who is young, cause lord knows there’s a lot of action and running in Moffat scripts!
All in all, I think I am now feeling a bit more secure in my anticipation of the full season five. In the meantime, I intend to enjoy the hell out of the remaining David Tennant specials!
You should read the BBC article and see an interview with Matt Smith.