Matt Smith is a 'funny' Doctor

'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed he cast Matt Smith as the titular character because he could do comedy and action

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'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffat cast Matt Smith in the title role because he was "funny".

The writer-and-producer has revealed he wanted an actor who could do comedy as well as action when he was looking for David Tennant's successor in the TARDIS and the 28-year-old star fitted the bill perfectly.

Speaking at the screening of the opening autumn episode 'Let's Kill Hitler' at the BFI in London on Monday night (15.08.11), he said: "I think one of the glorious things about 'Doctor Who' is that it's an extremely funny show. One of the first things we wanted to do when we chose a new Doctor was to make sure he was funny.

He jokingly added: "It's just a tremendous benefit that he (Matt) happened to be a bit ugly!"

Following Matt's successful first season as the Time Lord, Steven admits he included elements of the actor's own personality in his writing for the character in the current series.

He explained: "Matt is a joy to work with. He is genuinely one of the nicest people. And there are elements of The Doctor that are him, the fact that he tends to think he is the coolest person out there being one . But he has tremendous sweetness, he's a very nice man."

'Doctor Who' - which also stars Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston - returns to BBC One on Saturday August 27.

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