Matt Smith doesn't want full-time River Song
- Bang Showbiz
- 27 August 2011
Matt Smith doesn't want River Song to become a full-time companion on 'Doctor Who' - because she's the one person who makes The Doctor go ''whoa''
Matt Smith doesn't want River Song to become a full-time companion on 'Doctor Who' - because she's the one person who makes The Doctor go "whoa".
The 28-year-old actor - who plays the titular Time Lord in the sci-fi series - loves shooting scenes with Alex Kingston, who portrays the archaeologist, but he thinks the character would lose her shock value if she become a permanent inhabitant of the TARDIS.
He told BANG Showbiz: "I think River's too independent to ever be a full-time companion, I think that's what makes River great as a character. The companions and The Doctor are doing their thing then whoosh in comes the hair!
"It just messes the Doctor up and makes him go, 'Oh Christ, River's here,' and it frightens him. And weirdly he's going, 'Why the hell am I attracted to her? What's that?' That's the woman who makes him go whoa."
Just as he loves the character River, Matt also has nothing but praise for Alex and admits she took him under her wing when he first joined 'Doctor Who'.
He said: "I love Alex Kingston deeply. She's just a wonderful actress and a great friend.
"She's someone who from the moment I walked onto the set of 'Doctor Who' has been a great influence on me and a real guiding light and took care of me really because it's quite a daunting thing, and she just embraced me so that was nice."
Matt has also revealed River will be back in the autumn run of episodes and fans will find out a lot more about the character following the revelation she is the adult daughter of The Doctor's companions Rory Williams and Amy Pond.
He said: "She's back for episode eight ('Let's Kill Hitler') and she definitely appears in nine and thirteen and she'll be back again. River's not going anywhere."
'Let's Kill Hitler' airs on BBC One at 7.10pm tonight (27.08.11).