Doctor Who actor Matt Smith has revealed that he was influenced by a series of unusual sources in his role as the Time Lord. He cites Blackadder, Inspector Clouseau and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em as influences behind his character's persona.
"When I started as the Doctor, I watched loads of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, loads of Peter Sellers and loads of Blackadder - and somewhere betwixt the three lies my Doctor," he said.
"I love how grumpy but brilliant Blackadder can be. Frank Spencer is slightly unaware of how ridiculous he is and I think the Doctor is too. Clouseau and Blackadder have massive egos and the Doctor has a massive ego. Frank Spencer is kinder and gentler."
Matt returns to his role as the Doctor in a Christmas Day special, alongside Jenna-Louise Coleman as his new companion and Richard E Grant as a villain, and reassured fans he was not planning to bow out of the series any time soon.
"We've got Doctor Who's 50th anniversary coming up in November 2013, and I'd hope to be part of it.
"All good things come to an end, but my mum is aghast at the thought of me ever not being the Doctor.
"The show is the star and will continue without me. I've no immediate plans to leave. I'm around for a whole year and that's a long time."
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