Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The London Paper....New Doctor Who Matt Smith reveals costume

NEW Doctor Who actor Matt Smith has revealed the time traveller's latest costume as he film the latest series in Cardiff with new assistant Karen Gillan.

The 26-year-old - the youngest actor ever to take on the role - has been snapped wearing a tweed jacket and bow tie.

But the old-school physics teacher look is offset by a pair of black combat boots.

The Doctor's look has always been an integral part of the character - from Jon Pertwee's velvet smoking jacket to Tom Baker's multicoloured scarf.

Meanwhile companion Amy Pond, played by 21-year-old Gillan, dresses down in baggy jumper, leggings and trainers.

The new series will begin screening in spring 2010, after David Tennant appears as the Doctor in his final three specials. The first, The Waters of Mars, will be aired in November.

Smith said: "The scripts are brilliant and working alongside Karen and the rest of the crew is an inspiration because their work ethic and passion for the show is so admirable.

"I'm excited about the future and all the brilliant adventures I get to go on as the Doctor."

The new series also sees Steven Moffat stepping into the role of executive producer and writer after the departure of Russell T Davies. Moffat has been a writer on the series since its revival in 2005, and has been responsible for some of the best-received episodes, including The Girl in the Fireplace and the Bafta award-winning Blink.

Returning to the set was Alex Kingston, who appeared as the mysterious Professor River Song in the series four double episode Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead - both scripted by Moffat.

Moffat said, 'And here it is, the big moment - the new Doctor, and his new best friend. And here's me, with the job I wanted since I was seven.

"Matt and Karen are going to be incredible, and Doctor Who is going to come alive on Saturday nights in a whole new way - and best of all, somewhere out there, a seven-year-old is going to see them, fall in love, and start making a 40-year plan.'