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Almost every word Matt Smith utters these days makes news, and he had no lack of press coverage after the first day of his final Comic-Con as the Doctor on Doctor Who. We were there as Matt owned the stage at Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors panel, which included Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), fellow Londoner Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), David Guintoli (Grimm), and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).
Here were some of Matt’s best lines from that panel, some of which were gut-bustingly funny and others poignantly revealing. There are sure to be more great Matt quotes during BBC AMERICA’s 50th anniversary panel, which happens on Sunday (July 20) at 3:30 pm ET. Follow Anglophenia on Twitter for the live play-by-play.
On the reaction when he was announced as the Doctor: “It was wonderful to be part of a show with such a legacy behind it. There was such an uproar with my age. Everyone was like, ‘He can’t be the Doctor. He’s like 9!’”
On why he decided to leave Doctor Who: “It’s been four years. It’s been the best four years. It’s been wonderful, it’s been a privilege to work under Steven Moffat. But I think when you gotta go, you gotta go… It’s sad, I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss Comic-Con as well. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I dunno, you can’t play it forever. And, look, they’ll get someone amazing and brilliant, and that’s the great thing about the show. It continues, and it will get bigger and better. And you’ll forget about me.”
On an adventure he always wanted to take on Doctor Who: “I always wanted to do something with Sinatra. Could Frank Sinatra be an alien or something?”
On his stand on social media: “I’m not a tweeter or a Facebooker or a Grammer. I’m a real grump when it comes to technology. I’m like, come on, just write me a letter.”
On the scariest monsters he’s faced on Doctor Who: “For me, it has always been the Weeping Angels or maybe the Silence. But I’ll tell you, what I really liked this season was the Whisper Men. I thought they were great and really scary.”
On Doctor Who‘s kid appeal in America: “In England, it’s always been a show that’s crossed generations. I really hope that more kids watch it over here. In the U.K., kids dig it.”
On his bravest moment as the Doctor: “It would have something to do with Amelia Pond… I don’t know about bravest, but one of my favorite moments was when the Pandorica opens and I’m standing and [giving the speech].”
On his best friends on the set of Doctor Who: “I was really close with Karen [Gillan] and Arthur [Darvill]. We were a little team. And the same with Jenna [Coleman]. It’s because you’re with them day in and day out. And I’ve been very fortunate to know some cool cats. James Corden [who played Craig Owens] is a friend of mine and Tony Curran [Vincent van Gogh] as well.”
On the creepiest thing that’s happened to him since he’s become famous: “I got home once — and it wasn’t creepy, it was just strange — and I walked up to my front door, and there was a little girl, of about 12, in the bush. She was like, ‘Don’t worry! I’m not crazy.’ And I was like, ‘Then why are you jumping out of the bushes!’ I sent her home and thought, ‘That was really weird!’ But she was a cool kid, though.”
On how he’s like the Doctor: “I’m clumsy, and the Doctor’s rather clumsy, at least this Doctor is. I mean, he’s a thousand-year-old Timelord! He’s a much better creature than I am.”
On whether he’ll keep up with Doctor Who once he leaves: “I absolutely will watch the show. I’m a big fan as well as being in it. And as I said, the show will get bigger and better … and knowing that it carries on is kind of lovely. You’re part of a legacy that doesn’t die. I’ve met Peter [Davison] and Tom Baker — he’s a very funny guy. But it keeps going. I’m a little cog in a big wheel, so I’ll be watching.”
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.