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 In just under two years, Matt Smith's unmistakable star power as the eleventh Doctor on BBC America's award-winning sci-fi drama Doctor Who has taken him to places he didn't even consider.

"Walking down the street to buy a pint of milk is now a very different experience from what it was two years ago," the 28-year-old actor said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. "Nothing can really prepare you for such a dramatic change in your life."

Smith, who is the youngest actor cast in the role of the Doctor, seems to handle such pandemonium with class. "People come up to me 50 times a day," he explained. "How do I deal with it? I wear a hoodie and a pair of shades and I keep my head down. But I knew what I was entering into. [Celebrity] is just part of the remit — and a small price to pay when you get to run around time and space every day!"

Season 5 will be released on DVD this week, which is where Smith took over the TARDIS spacecraft from David Tennant. He's fully aware of his role in one of Britain's all-time popular shows and appreciates how well-loved it truly is.

"People feel very affectionate towards the program because it has such a heritage in our culture," he said. "When children come up and ask me, 'What's your favorite monster?', you see how they'd be if the actual Doctor turned up in the Tardis on their doorstep, so I always try to be patient. If you're 10 and Doctor Who seems impatient with you, that's going to be rubbish."

What a guy, that Matt Smith!

by MacKenzie Wilson

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By MacKenzie Wilson