Matt Smith has praised Richard E. Grant for his work on next week’s Doctor Who Christmas special.
The 57 year old will star in the festive episode when it airs on BBC One on Tuesday and during an interview on This Morning Smith said he was born for the role, explaining:
“Do you know what he was born to be a Who villain. He pitches it on that perfect level and tone and he’s a wonderful guy.”
Smith couldn’t give much away about the Christmas day instalment but he did tease a few details and also praised his new co-star Jenna Louise Coleman who will be seen in the role of governess Clara for the first time.
“It’s sort of Doctor Who does Christmas, with an alien and it’s set in Victorian London but most importantly we get to meet the new companion Clara, played by Jenna Louise Coleman who has started thrillingly I think.”
“She has done brilliant work, very detailed, very hard working and she is just a delight.”
The Doctor starts off the episode very detached from the earth and it’s problems. Despite threats from aliens and all sorts of evil forces he refuses to get involved, as he mourns for Amy and Rory Pond who made their exit at the end of the last episode.
Matt admitted that it was hard for him as an actor to lose his friends too and said:
“He lost his way a bit I think, it was a big blow to him to lose The Ponds…as it was to everyone in the show, as it was to me. They were great friends of mine Karen and Arthur.”
However he was cheered slightly by the newly revamped and redecorated TARDIS and laughed:
“It’s been slightly revamped, interior designed as it were. Without giving too much away we went to space Ikea…it’s very nice.”
Doctor Who’s Christmas Special airs at 5.15 on Christmas Day. Watch the trailer and leave your comments below…