Matt Smith wants Doctor Who separation

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Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor

Matt Smith

'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith is hoping his new TV role as a gay young man in 'Christopher and His Kind' will separate him from his role in the BBC One sci-fi drama.

Matt Smith hopes his latest TV role will separate him from 'Doctor Who'.

The 28-year-old actor, who has shot to fame playing the Time Lord in the BBC One series says he wants his portrayal of a young gay man in 'Christopher and His Kind' to show his diversity.

He said: "Hopefully people see me as actor who can adapt to different roles and I'm very grateful to 'Doctor Who' for giving me the platform to do it - it's one of the favourable things about having a great role like that.

"But hopefully, watching this, you don't see the Doctor."

The star added that playing Christopher Isherwood - a 1970s pioneer of open sexuality - in the new drama was difficult because he was aware he has to separate the character from the time-travelling Doctor.

When asked if he found the role challenging, he replied: "Challenging the perception that I can only be one thing, yes. I mean, I always want to do varied work that is challenging - this is a great story

"I don't think it has any bearing on whether I'm straight or purple or Bognor Regis or whatever; you can be anything. The point is you pretend and make it all up. I'm just an actor playing a part."


1. CheyenneSG114 Mar 2011, 2:41pm Report

I guess it's not a bad idea for Matt to find more depth in is acting then bring it back to DrWho. I've not seen him bring any depth to his role so far.
ATM Dr.Who is more like a cartoon with living actors instead of drawings.

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