Current Time Lord, Matt Smith, has revealed that he thinks he would make a great James Bond villain!
Smith, who is due to hit our screens on March 30th when Doctor Who returns for series 8 on BBC1, discussed his alter-ego fantasies at the preview screening of the new series, where he said he didn’t consider himself good looking enough to play the 007 hero himself, but thinks that he would make a good arch-nemesis for the epic spy!
Speaking to the Sun newspaper, Smith explained:
“I’m not handsome enough to be James Bond. Maybe a villain though. Start campaigning now. I don’t think I could be James Bond though.”
“I’d edge on the camp dangerous side I think. Javier Bardem was amazing. I thought Skyfall was a sumptuous film.”
On the subject of the series 8 premiere episode, The Bells Of Saint John which is due to hit our BBC screens on March 30, Matt continued:
“It’s a modern-day conspiracy thriller, it’s like Doctor Who meets Bourne, meets Bond, meets action adventure and I’m really pleased with it.
“We’ve got motorbikes and Spoonheads and people trying to tap into the WiFi and people’s brains. You’ve got Westminster and modern London and I think it’s an exciting adventure.”
The actor, who is also just about to star as the male lead in How To Catch A Monster directed by Ryan Gosling, went on to leak a few secrets from the upcoming series:
“We have a journey into the centre of the TARDIS, so we learn what is behind those doors and corridors and the avenues and the landscapes and the places that exist throughout the TARDIS and I think that’s an exciting place for fans to get to look at.
“I really wanted to see the Doctor’s bedroom as I thought that would be insane. I’d have some sort of space safari park. Space zebras and pink orang-utans and space animals.
“I’d probably have some of the enemies locked up in there. Made friendly somehow. Actually, I don’t think it’s the place for enemies and I don’t think he imprisons people. He lets them roam free. There’s a whole safari park.”
On the subject of who he would cast as the Doctor in the 50th anniversary celebratory episode due to air later this year, Matt revealed his ideal candidate would be former Premiership footballer Eric Cantona, explaining:
“Eric Cantona. Why? Because I love and want to meet Eric Cantona. Daniel Day Lewis, he’d never do Doctor Who though. And Jennifer Lawrence. Oscar winners!”
Meanwhile his new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman answered the same question:
“Matt. I would have Matt as the Doctor.
“It’s just nice to touch upon everyone who has been part of the show. The show is about paying homage to the 50 years but very much looking forward to what’s to come and the new era of Doctor Who and long may it continue.”
As we revealed earlier this year, show-runner Steven Moffat has revealed that during this series finale, the Doctor’s biggest secret would be revealed, but neither actors would let it slip what that might be:
Matt commented: “You’ve got to wait and watch and then it will be revealed — but it’s some secret.
“It’s worth the wait and this series really gears up towards a very special moment and then towards the 50th anniversary which will be one of the biggest and best moments in the show’s history.”
Whilst Jenna-Louise added: “It makes you realise how damn clever Steven Moffat is. It’s just a brilliant set-up to what’s going to be a great story arc going over the series.”
On her character, Clara Oswald, who was introduced during last year’s Christmas Day special, Coleman continued:
“Clara definitely holds her own, she doesn’t really let him get away with anything. He’ll do something and she’s the kind of person that’s there going ‘why, why’, she’s a match for him and she challenges him and I think the Doctor quite likes a challenge.”
“She’s the impossible girl to the Doctor. She’s the mystery that he can’t solve which he hates and the woman twice dead and we will get payoff at the end.
“It’s great, it’s just a brilliant set-up for the story and that’s the beauty of Doctor Who – there’s no limits to what you can do.”
Doctor Who returns to our BBC screens on Saturday 30th March with The Bells Of St John (FIND OUT WHAT TIME HERE), watch the promo trailer for it in the clip below: