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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
futurequeenofasgard: Do you have fun with the wardrobe?
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 ?
(because it will be, yes.)
JENNA: I’d go to the future I think.
MATT: And then I’d go see the World Cup in 1966.
MATT: And then I’d go and try and seduce Marilyn Monroe.
JENNA: The Doctor has done that, right?
the-crack-in-my-wall: Question for Jenna: Please spill the beans!
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!
palindromepoet: Who is the bigger goofball on set?
Okay, I HAVE to know — who is the bigger goofball on set: Matt or Jenna?
MATT: Is it me?
JENNA: You’re a bigger goofball than me.
MATT: I probably am the bigger goofball.
JENNA [to Matt]: You like to tease. You like to wind people up. As time’s gone on you can see Matt try to find his way in on what he can tease me about.
MATT: Yeah, I’m still trying to work that out.
a-burgler-who-rings-the-doorbell: Jenna, what’s the best thing about being on Doctor Who?
p.s- you’re beautiful + i love you both
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.
life-in-the-macro: Jenna, how are the avocados?
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.
MATT: Avocados on toast!