November 1st, 2012

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Matt Smith is Matt Smith

One of the things I just adore about Matt Smith is that when he’s not being the Doctor – or any other character – he’s being Matt Smith. Here’s someone who is just so completely himself, I can’t help but love it. Whenever I see him in interviews and clips from cons and stuff, he wins me over on his own delightful merits. That’s brilliant!

Aside: as an image junkie, I don’t like it when people take promotional pictures for various actors and stick them into story settings to pass them off as whatever character they played in that setting. Here’s an example pertinent to Matt:

This is not Matt playing the Doctor. This is Matt doing whatever he was doing at the time – I don’t even know if he’s in a character here or doing a modeling shot or what. It’s not about costume or makeup; otherwise we wouldn’t be able to recognize the Doctor when he’s wearing something else. It’s about acting.

Acting isn’t about saying words and doing actions. It’s about being someone else for awhile, and there’s a whole ball of stuff involved in that. Mannerisms, hangups, psychological stuff. A test of a really good actor, to me, is to take a picture of someone in character and someone out. The pictures should be different. If they’re not, they’re doing it wrong.

Wow, my aside took over the whole post. Back to the point, what made me think about Matt Smith being himself is this Q&A from MCM’s London Comic Con:

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Scary Doctor

Last night, I asked /r/gallifrey this:

When have you found the Doctor himself to be scariest? For me, it’s when he confronts Colonel Runaway Manton. It feels like he might do anything.

What about you?

I got some interesting answers. Bone chilling, even. My favorite response didn’t actually answer the question, but rather explained just why these moments are so scary. Right on.

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