Matt Smith: New companion will stop me from being a 'weird grandad'

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Dec 17, 2012

Matt Smith has opened up about the very different relationship his Time Lord will have with new companion Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, saying that he felt the Doctor had become this "weird old grandfather" around the Ponds, Amy and Rory, on Doctor Who.

Smith said that Coleman would make a big impression come the Xmas special. Well, in our humble opinion, she already did in "Asylum of the Daleks," the stunning season-seven opener. Smith said:

"Jenna is pretty smoking. She is doing really great, coming into something so big she has done so well.

"I think people are going to really like her. She works incredibly hard and is incredibly detailed. She is a joy and I lucked out again.

"I look back to my first day and I was like a rabbit in a headlights. She is much more assured than me. But I have tried to help her into the process of making the show.

"It is a big lifestyle change. She will be a fantastic companion."

Smith also elaborated on how the dynamic the Doctor will have with his newest companion will differ from the one he had around Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), saying:

"I was thinking about it the other day and Rory used to take care of Amy quite a lot, so the Doctor became a weird old grandfather.

"He was ostracised in some way. So it is nice having a different dynamic.

"That is what is exciting about the show, you kind of get a first episode again. I think all these stories come to the end of their cycle.

"The Ponds had a wonderful time."

If you haven't seen it yet, we invite you to take a look at this video, which shows how the Ponds' story really ended in this unfilmed Who scene. Be warned that it's a bit of a tearjerker.

Do you think Matt Smith had it right in saying that our beloved Time Lord had become somewhat of a "weird old grandfather" around Amy and Rory? Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say that he actually became more of a son-in-law? (Since he married their daughter Melody, aka River Song, played by Alex Kingston.)

(via the Mirror)