Christmas is an emotional time for many of us, but this year was particularly hard for former Doctor Who Matt Smith, who used the holiday to bow out of the hit BBC family sci-fi series.
After a whirlwind year which saw the iconic show turn 50 in a huge fanfare of celebration, with Smith leading an all-star cast in the anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, the excitement in November paved the way for the disappointment for millions on Christmas Day when Smith said his final goodbyes to companion Jenna Louise Coleman and regenerated into his replacement, 12th Time Lord Peter Capaldi.
As always the occasion was marked in particularly fantastic style, as any regeneration and/or Christmas Special would, meaning that in time for the January sales fans across the UK could get their hands on the DVD special which featured interviews with the cast as well as the episode.
And it was during these interviews, in the special features section of the DVD, that Matt Smith revealed just how emotional he got whilst preparing for and filming his final scenes as Doctor Who!
The actor, who recently starred in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How To Catch A Monster, admitted that he became so overwhelmed with emotion that he even had a real lump in his throat when telling Coleman during the episode:
“I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when The Doctor was me.”
During the interview after filming, Smith joked that when he was filming he had tears in his eyes making it hard for him to see, admitting to Coleman:
“All I could see was your hair. I am not really a sort of a weepie guy. I don’t know what happened to me to be honest with you.”
Finally Smith went on to praise the show’s fans, as well as admitting how being on the show has changed his life:
“They [the fans] have given me a lot of support and I will miss all that, both me and my ego.
“Going to the shops has been a different experience. I wear more hats. That’s what it’s done to my life.”
Meanwhile Smith’s replacement, Peter Capaldi has spoken out in defence of the shows earlier episodes.
Doctor Who, with all its CGI and clever camera work was not always the technological treat for the eyes we all know and love today – It used to have to rely on hand made, not so impressive physical sound and vision effects back in the 1960’s when it was first created.
But, given how their introduction paved the next 50 years for the show to thrive on, they should not be discredited or made fun of, as new Doctor on the block, Peter Capaldi has been expressing to Doctor Who magazine:
“People look at them now and, understandably, mock the bargain-basement monsters, and the accidents and collisions that came from having virtually no time in the studio to shoot fantastically ambitious stories.
“But those old shows were only made to be watched once, on a flickering monochrome telly that smelled of valves and furniture polish. In that context, they succeeded immeasurably. They were triumphs of imagination.
“It may surprise you now, but something like The Web Planet (which dates from 1965) lived powerfully and expansively in my head for decades… until the DVDs came along and spoiled the party.”
Life-long fan of the Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi concluded by admitting how important the show has always been to him:
“I don’t remember Doctor Who not being part of my life. It’s in my DNA.”
Doctor Who is due to return with its eighth series, which will be shown in one run with no break, later this year with Capaldi at the Tardis helm – Watch Capaldi riding a mechanical horse through the city of Cardiff for the new series in the clip below: