Friday, 22 April 2011
Doctor Who's Matt Smith Defends Show from Trevor Eve Criticism
"Matt Smith has launched a robust defence of Doctor Who in the face of an attack from Trevor Eve that it gets an unfair share of attention and the BBC's programme-making budget. Eve, the star of recently axed crime drama Waking the Dead has been critical, in a number of recent interviews, of the BBC’s support for Doctor Who. “They're obsessed with it,” he complained. “It gets all the budget and all the attention.”
Smith has a rule never to respond directly to criticism, but he makes an exception this once: “If we all listen to Trevor Eve, then we’re in trouble. Thank you very much, Trevor, we appreciate your opinion, but that’s ridiculous. Doctor Who is brilliant. That’s why it attracts some of the best writers in the country, and some of the best actors. Trevor, try telling that to Sir Michael Gambon [who guest starred in the most recent Christmas Special].
“Show me any other series that can tackle this many big issues, appeal to this broad a range of people, and still have a laugh along the way,” Smith continues, “and I will say, ‘You can’t.’ That’s what I’d say to Trevor Eve. At least we’re never predictable. At least we’re inventive. This whole show is testament to Steven Moffat, and his ambition and his scope, and that’s a privilege to be part of. It’s as simple as that.”
The full article with Matt Smith can be found here.