Doctor Who's woman woes

'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith thinks his alter-ego is ''rubbish'' with members of the opposite sex

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Doctor Who's Time Lord is "rubbish" with women.

Actor Matt Smith - who plays the time travelling Doctor in the BBC One sci-fi series - explained while his alter-ego has all of time and space at his disposal, he finds human relationships tough to navigate.

He said: "He finds human relationships difficult to understand. I don't think he's very good with girls and I actually think it's more fun if he's not, but then in the Christmas special he bagged Marilyn Monroe.

"No one wants to see the adventures of The Doctor with girls, it just wouldn't be that interesting."

Head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat agrees with the star and admitted despite being 900 years old, the "uncool" Time Lord has no idea how to deal with the opposite sex.

He added: "I think all men are secretly rubbish with girls and there's no pause woman with The Doctor. He just says it. He's got this young body but he's over 900 years old.

"It's hard work for him because his notion of cool or charisma doesn't involve pretending, he's not cool."

'Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol' will be shown on BBC One at 6pm on Christmas Day (25.12.10).

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1. LizJR16 Dec 2010, 10:04pm Report

So does Matt think that the Doctor didn't get it together with Romana, then? :-)

"Actor Matt Smith - who plays the time travelling Doctor in the BBC One sci-fi series - explained while his alter-ego has all of time and space at his disposal, he finds human relationships tough to navigate."

Er, could that possibly be because he isn't human? It was all explained in "Rose" (the first episode of the new series, shown back in 2005) - he's an alien, and regards humans as "stupid apes" (as he called Rose in "Father's Day"). So surely the chances of him finding members of the human race attractive is rather less than the chances of a human male wanting to mate with a baboon? It isn't rocket science, and we've come a long way since the 60s, when people thought humans might be able to mate with aliens (Susan Foreman, Mr Spock etc). A lot of books have popularised the biological basics since then, many produced by Richard Dawkins (when he isn't too busy being an evangelist for atheism).

Although obviously, being the last of your kind (well, supposedly) may mean that the Doctor eventually starts to find almost *anything* attractive. Sailors supposedly found manatees quite good looking after a few years at sea, and the Doctor certainly hasn't seen too many members of his own species recently (although then again, what does "recently" mean when you're 900 or so?). Plus he did seem rather fond of the Master -- "Dying in your arms" as the oh-so-subtle Russell T Davies had him say -- so perhaps Time Lords swing both ways? (Or maybe their genders just aren't the same as they are for humans? The "Master" might actually be a different gender from the Doctor - maybe each Time Lord is a different gender? 'Who' knows?!)

But even given that he might be driven by desperation to have a fling with a stupid ape, I'd hardly expect him to be able to give out the right signals for another species - unless he's got the equivalent of pheremonal psychic paper.

So, it isn't surprising he's rubbish with women. But perhaps he isn't too bad with the Time Ladies?

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