Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Matt Smith and David Tennant compare screwdrivers on Graham Norton show!

by Anna Howell

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Current Time Lord Matt Smith and his predecessor David Tennant joined forces last night to explain to Graham Norton what it was like to work together ahead of tonight’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary special.

During the chat show, which was screened last night on BBC1, the 10th and 11th Doctor joined the lively host to discuss a whole range of topics, mainly centred on tonight’s premiere of The Day of the Doctor, which is due to be broadcast tonight at 7.50 pm on BBC1 as well as in cinemas both in the UK and around the world simultaneously.

Whilst you may think their comparing of notes or their reflection on their time in the Tardis, both separately and together, would take on a hugely deep platform about their own and each other’s plights to save the universe, in fact the first discussion was actually about them comparing the sizes of their screwdrivers!

When the subject of The Doctor’s gadgets and tools came up, Tennant joked:

“His is bigger than mine and it has a bit that comes out of the end and lights up,”

However, Smith went on to explain the set of rules they had to acknowledge for each other’s characters, explaining:

“There was a bit of that, particularly in my TARDIS. I asked David if he would like to fly it. You want to be gracious,”

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We already know from several reports from The Day of the Doctor cast and crew that the two actors have formed a deep friendship since working on this landmark anniversary episode, which Tennant confirmed, adding:

“It could have been weird and I think people expected us to be feuding. It was quite odd but it ended up being good fun.”

To which Smith added: “Whenever I saw David, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s Doctor Who’. It’s great for the show because having the character meet himself gives lots of scope for silliness.”

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, starring current Tine Lord and companion Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman as well as their predecessors, David Tennant and Billie Piper along with a guest appearance by John Hurt playing a never-before-seen version of the Doctor, will be shown in homes and cinemas around the world tonight (Saturday 23rd November) at 7.50 pm – Watch the extended trailer for it in the clip below: