Doctor Who: Why Matt Smith won’t be joining Twitter!

by Gerard McGarry

I won’t join Twitter. You can’t MAKE me!

Bad news, Doctor Who fans. Your favourite Time Lord has no plans to join Twitter.

When asked if he’d be joining his castmates from the show on the social media site, Matt Smith looked genuinely uncomfortable. He revealed to fans and press at the Asylum Of The Daleks screening on Tuesday that he had signed up for a Twitter account, but doesn’t think he’ll be using it:

I joined for a day when I was in ComicCon. It’s just not my cup of tea. I spend enough time on my phone. And I think who cares what I’m doing? And you’ve got Moff and Karen and everybody else on there. No, I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat hinted that the real reason is that Matt simply doesn’t like the social networking site:

There’s a line in episode 4 where The Doctor says the word Twitter, into which Matt pours his entire disgust.

Whether it’s the idea of microblogging every aspect of his life that’s at issue, or Matt really just holds Twitter in complete disdain, isn’t entirely clear. Moffat’s comment suggests Twitter is a complete turn-off for him. One thing was clear though, Smith doesn’t hate all social media – he and the rest of the cast raved about a Tumblr meet-up they attended at Comic Con this summer where they sang Bohemian Rhapsody with the attendees!

Still, we actually think Smith has two options when it comes to Twitter: he could either join the network and share odd bits of his life. Or he could have his management post updates on his behalf. To be honest, we think Twitter’s more authentic if the celebrity uses the service personally. Do you think Matt’s missing an opportunity by not being on Twitter, or does it help the actor keep a little bit of his mystique?

In the meantime, here’s that Comic Con performance of Bohemian Rhapsody. We’re a little bit disappointed that they didn’t turn ‘Galileo’ into ‘Gallifrey-o’. But we’ll get over it!


  1. John Fraser on August 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I was at the BFI screening and was the person who asked Matt this question. I was told off by friends afterwards for not asking for more hints about the 50th anniversary 🙂

  2. gerard on August 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Good to meet you, John. I thought it was a very pertinent question anyway, since most celebs have some kind of social media presence. And anyway, Moffat was never going to give a straight answer about the 50th. He’s happy for people to guess and speculate. It’s more column inches for his show and all the misinformation actually protects the real plot!

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