Matt Smith cements Doctor Who legacy

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 October 2012
Matt Smith setting his hands in cement

Matt Smith setting his hands in cement

Matt Smith set his hands in cement to create a permanent tribute to his time on 'Doctor Who' at the 'Doctor Who Experience' on Friday (12.10.12)

Matt Smith cemented his place in 'Doctor Who' history as he set his hand prints in cement at the 'Doctor Who Experience' on Friday (12.10.12).

The 29-year-old actor attended a special ceremony at the interactive exhibit in Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, Wales, to create the permanent tribute to his tenure as the Doctor - which will be the start of a walk of fame to honour the stars of the BBC sci-fi show.

Matt was thrilled to be asked to leave his hand prints, although he confessed he hasn't really thought about what his legacy on the programme will be.

Speaking at the event, he told BANG Showbiz: "It's remarkable to have something like this that people can go to, you revert to being a fan boy again. But its hard to say what your legacy will be because you never plan to do this job planning to leave a legacy, you just do it and then the legacy is left behind. It isn't as though I've had any intention to leave any sort of hand print, as it were."

When Matt eventually leaves the iconic role all he hopes is that viewers have enjoyed his tenure in the TARDIS.

He added: "When all is said and done, when I leave, I hope people have enjoyed my Doctor, have enjoyed my time with the Ponds and the work me and Steven (Moffat) have done together and remember it fondly. I meet people now and their Doctor is Tom (Baker), or John (Pertwee), or Patrick (Troughton) and I hope in 20 years' time kids who are eight or nine now will go, 'Oh yeah, my Doctor is Matt Smith.' You never know, but I've got my hands here now if all else fails!"

Matt was joined by showrunner Steven Moffat at the exhibit, and the head writer also made a cast of his hand prints which will be displayed at the attraction.

Speaking after he'd pushed his hands in wet cement, Steven said: "I'm very excited and honoured to have my hands preserved forever. And quite relieved they came back out of the cement! I now know, for all my future crimes, that my fingerprints are readily and permanently available."

A number of new props were also unveiled at the exhibition - which celebrates the show's 49-year history - including the outfit new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman wore as Oswin Oswald in 'Asylum of the Daleks', the imprisoned Weeping Angel and Cherubs from 'The Angels Take Manhattan' and Solomon's Robots from 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship'.

The attraction also features an interactive 3-D adventure which allows visitors to 'step through' a crack in time to become the Doctor's companion, travel in the TARDIS and battle Daleks and Weeping Angels.

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