‘Doctor Who’ stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman in the BBC AMERICA offices. (Photo: Dave Gustav Anderson)
Our friends over at the Doctor Who Tumblr held a massive Q&A — a Who&A, if you will — last week (December 7) with Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman. Tumblr fans submitted 3,600 (!) questions for the event, and Matt and Jenna spent over an hour hovering over a laptop and answering some of the favorite inquiries. Here’s the full transcript (which is also available over at Tumblr). Some very interesting revelations in this chat. Enjoy!
We want to give a HUGE thanks to everyone who took part in the Q&A. This Q&A was the first of its kind and definitely not the last. Every question, every ‘like’ and every ‘reblog’ made this happen. It’s this kind of turnout that makes the cast and crew of Doctor Who want to participate in stuff like this. It also makes shows how we Whovians are the best fandom on Tumblr.
MATT: tumblr tumblr tumblr….smithers here, (matt smith, the DOCTOR) we just answered your who tumblr questions…… loved em… thanks for posting them, i hope you like the xmas episode….seee you reeeeallllllllllll sooon!!! lots love. m xxxx pps so you know its me blackburn rovers rulllllllllleeeee!!!!!!!! x
JENNA: hey tumblr world…coleman here.. next to Smithers…live from BBC America! thanks for the questions! loving your work!!! NYC here we come! see you christmas dayyyyyyy……cook a souffle in true festive spirit! xxxx
What, in your opinion, is the best costume you have gotten to wear?
MATT: Yeah. We’ve got this new costume designer called Howard— [JENNA: The Big H!]—who has just really, reinvented the show in an amazing way. For me he’s given me this great purple coat.
JENNA: (wait a sec…) That’s the fandom trying to figure out where I come from? That’s a sneaky little trick! I think just Christmas, the two Victorian ones which Howard handmade from scratch. Oswin was fun, there was a great utility belt that I got to play with.
MATT: I really liked that red costume.
randahiddleston: What has been the funniest thing to happen on set while filming?
MATT: I try to wind up and annoy my costumer Kat, long suffering Kat. she’ll come in and she’ll go to check me… [To JENNA] Go on, you be Kat. [JENNA adjusts MATT’s “costume” and MATT suddenly yelps in surprise. They laugh.]
MATT: You know, I’m just appalling to her.
JENNA: I like to hide.
MATT: Yeah, a bit of hiding when they come to check you.
JENNA [laughs]: Check time! You’re jumping from the costume assistant and I’m hiding underneath the set.
thatnightlock: What kind of things do you do on set to pass time between takes?
To Matt & Jenna x
I was wondering ( as a huge Whovian ) what kind of things do you do on set to pass time between takes?
( Had a massive fangirl fit when i saw the Q&A post , I think I scared my mum ALSO I think this will be one of the best Christmas Episodes yet, can’t wait! )
JENNA: [to Matt] We did the whole going around and you have to name a pop star. And at the end of that letter you have to go and name another pop star using that letter…. We did that for quite a few days.
MATT: We’re such good friends with the crew that we just hang. Keep it real with the crew, man. That’s it. Listen to music. But you know, generally, you sort of work between takes. There’s always a photo to do or you are catching up with whatever you’re having to do with on your phone…
JENNA: Trying to get ahead on scenes.
MATT: Learning other scenes. There isn’t a great deal of, like, just down time.
JENNA: Lots of changes, like costume changes…There really isn’t a still moment is there?
roam-stuff: What is the first thing you will do when time travel will be invented ?
To Matt and Jenna :
what is the first thing you will do when time travel will be invented ?
Please spill the beans on the stuff Karen Gillan told and/or texted you about Matt? I’m sure a lot of us are dying to know! 😀
JENNA: I’ve been keeping it from Matt for months. Between the girls I’m afraid.
MATT: I know. She basically said, “Look, try and stay away from him. You don’t want to get to close.”
JENNA: How did you know that?
MATT: Well you know, I sensed it.
imnotanegganymore: Matt.. I just wanted to know if your mum still checks your fanmail
Well since I have absolutely no talent in art I’ll just do a text post..
1. For Matt.. I just wanted to know if your mum still checks your fanmail
MATT: Yeah, she does all my fan mail. She’s always gets cross with me because I never… It’s hard, I have to go home and sign as many cards as I can. I’ve got no cards! So to all those fans waiting for fan mail, it will all come back at ya I promise!
JENNA: The fact that every single day is something completely new and different. You can literally walk onto a set and be in one world and then the next day it’s ripped down and suddenly you’re like in Victorian Yorkshire. By locations and casting, I don’t think there’s any other show like it.
MATT: Dude, she eats avocados, like, every hour. Breakfast this morning: chopped avocado on toast.
JENNA [laughs]: I did!
MATT: She loves avocados. It’s no surprise to me that that’s what you would buy.
JENNA: But I was literally holding it. It was in the palm of my hand as I answered the phone. That’s why I didn’t know what to do.
MATT: Did you eat that avocado?
JENNA: No I had to put it back.
MATT: No way!
JENNA: Because I can’t check out now! I can’t! I was just like “What do I do?” I had a basket full of things and I just left it. I didn’t know where to go or what to do. I went for a walk. And I had no socks on and I got sore feet. I just slipped out of the house to go to the market.
battysoprano: Jenna: What is your favorite thing to cook (with or without avocados?)
Hi, guys! You’re awesome! Thanks for all that you do.
My question is for Jenna. (But Matt can answer it too because obviously my goal is to get recipe tips from the stars.) I know that you found out that you were going to be in Doctor Who while holding an avocado. So my question is inspired by that avocado, as a college grad trying to learn how to cook. What is your favorite thing to cook (with or without avocados)?
(happy holidays!!! I hope you both get lots of wonderful time with the people you love!)
JENNA: I do like to cook but I haven’t cooked for awhile.
Hello Matt and Jenna! A quick doodle for you. My question is: Which of your characters would win in a snowball fight?
MATT: Pfft, there’s only one winner…
MATT & JENNA [simultaneously]: Me.
MATT: Are you joking?? [JENNA: Are you kidding?]
MATT: Alright, let me tell you the advantages I have. Wisdom, 900 years. Height. Pace.
JENNA: He is clumsier!
MATT: Man, there wouldn’t even be a fight.
JENNA: No The Doctor would get it wrong. He’d melt it by accident. Like, you’d think you’re gonna do it really really well and then suddenly something would go wrong. Or you’d get distracted or you’d come up with this incredible, amazing plan and then like stumble over a rock and then I’d win.
MATT: Definitely not…. Agree to disagree? Doctor. Come on, we all know Doctor.
girlwiththeredcamera: If you had to choose the first song someone would ever listen to, what would it be?
jayuna:Anything you’d like to say to the many doctor who cosplayers out there?
Hi Matt and Jenna!! I love your Doctor so much Matt and I can’t wait to see what Jenna brings to the table!
To the both of you, how does it feel to see cosplayers put a lot of time, money and effort into essentially copying and wanting to be you? Matt’s doctor has become a really popular one to do and even many Oswin’s have popped up. Do you find it flattering? Anything you’d like to say to the many doctor who cosplayers out there?
MATT: Yeah, I love cosplay. If you go to Comic Con, all the guys are in bow ties and tweed jackets or David’s old coat. Or they’ll be in an Oswin dress.
JENNA: I saw, the day before I moved to Cardiff to start this job, a little boy, a mini Doctor! A mini Doctor like literally walked past me with a screwdriver and everything. Just walking past me on the street.
MATT: I think it’s brilliant and it makes those events even more exciting for us to see everyone dressed up.
ihoptowaffles: When you were younger did either of you have imaginary friends?
When you were younger did either of you have imaginary friends? If so, what sorts of adventures did you go on/pretend to have?
MATT: Yes, I had an imaginary kangaroo friend called Roo.
MATT: I was very clumsy and I used to break things and my mum went, you know, “Who’s done that?” And I would say, “It’s the kangaroo!” I was only three. [JENNA laughs] Honestly, swear to God! I had an imaginary friend called Roo. [To JENNA] Did you have one?
JENNA: Nah, I didn’t but I wish I did.
MATT: Hey, come hang out with Roo anytime.
JENNA [laughs]: Aw, thanks. You’d share Roo with me?
MATT: Yeah he’s great.
JENNA: I’d like to meet Roo.
MATT: Oh he’s wild!
tinacohenchangs: Do either of you have any ‘fandoms’ you feel passionately about?
Hello, Matt and Jenna!
Firstly, I have to say how inspiring you both are to me and thank you for that.
I have a question for both of you to answer, too:
As you know, a lot of us are part of the Doctor Who fandom. Do either of you have any ‘fandoms’ you feel passionately about?
JENNA: Ehmm, where do I like to shop…Where did I last go when I was in New York? Apparently there’s a place called Number 6 that I’m going to try. Artists and Fleas is really cool. [points to her blouse] I got this from Artists and Fleas last time I was in New York.
alwaysmyraggedydoctor: could you please tell me about the first thing that pops into your head righhhhhhht NOW?
So I just like hearing about people’s lives, so this question is for both of you:
could you please tell me about the first thing that pops into your head righhhhhhht NOW?
MATT: You’re wearing a lovely blue jumper!
JENNA: You have to say it again and see what happens!
MATT: Please tell me the first thing that pops into your head! Right now!
JENNA: Cold Diet Coke!
i-absolutely-trust-him: Matt: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received that you still use to this day?
MATT: “Time is an imposition on one’s dignity” —my father.
jedidoctor:Dear Matt & Jenna: Do you two have any nicknames for each other?
MATT: Do you have a nickname for me?
JENNA: Matty. [MATT laughs]
JENNA: What do you call me? ‘J’? Jen?
MATT: ‘J Lo. Coleman.’ I’ve actually started calling you ‘Coleman.’
JENNA: Yeah you have. In fact, you are the only person who does that.
MATT: Hey, that’s what I do with people!
constellations-through-time: How has being on the show affected your beliefs about the world and the importance of humanity in all of time and space?
First of all, I need a few minutes to cry about how wonderful doctor who is, and the doctor who tumblr team. I don’t know who you are, but you people are AMAZING and i can never thank you guys enough for giving the fans the opportunity to have a Who&A!!!
Matt: A lot of people (myself included) say that doctor who has changed their life, by opening their mind to new possibilities and expanding their beliefs in what is possible within our universe. How has being on the show affected your beliefs about the world and the importance of humanity in all of time and space?
MATT: Yeah, it’s really encouraged an interest in science—genuinely—and thinking in a scientific way. I read a lot about Einstein, Richard Dawkins, and all that sort of stuff. And I love the idea and notion of time travel. I think it’s magic! It’s got me thinking about it a lot. And the morality of The Doctor is a great benchmark for anyone.
captainslogst: Matt, in your opinion who is the greatest football player ever?
MATT: Can I give you my top 5 though? In no particular order:
MATT: No! Because it’s what makes the show special and we LOVE the fans.
imthealphabutt: If you ran a Tumblr… What would the main focus be? (e.g., Cats, Socks, Bowties…)
JENNA: I’d like to do a photography Tumblr. Or I’d like to do one about anything that inspires you during the day. Like pictures, or a poem, or a little quote or a thought. I do have loads of quote books and things I read.