In an interview in 2007, Smith discussed his character's motivations.He summarised Danny as having a romantic outlook of the political world while being cynical elsewhere.You need to be old and young at the same time, a boffin and an action hero, a cheeky schoolboy and the wise old man of the universe.

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Although he took part in the play, he refused to attend a drama festival for which his teacher had also signed him up, as he saw himself as a football player and did not view acting as socially acceptable.

His drama teacher persisted, and eventually persuaded him to join the National Youth Theatre in London.

Smith, who was announced as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in January 2009, is the youngest person to play the character in the British television series.

After a serious back injury ruined this career, his drama teacher introduced him to acting by signing him up as the tenth juror in an adaptation of Twelve Angry Men without his consent.

Smith was one of the earliest actors to audition for the role, performing on the first day. He's open to every single facet of the universe." In June 2010, Smith appeared on stage with Orbital, and performed with them a version of the Doctor Who theme, at the Glastonbury Festival.

The production team, consisting of the incoming producer, Steven Moffat, and BBC Wales Head of Drama and executive producer, Piers Wenger, immediately singled him out based on his performance. On the morning of , Smith carried the Olympic torch in Cardiff, an activity which was noted by Doctor Who fans for its resemblance to a 2006 episode of the show in which the Doctor carried the torch.

“They are head over heels and both think they have found the one.

Lily moved into Matt’s London home and there’s been no arguing over who’s hogging the bathroom cupboards – yet,” a source said.

Smith additionally auditioned for the role of John Watson in the Moffat-created Sherlock, undergoing auditions at the same time; he was unsuccessful, as Moffat believed his eccentric acting style was closer to Holmes, whose role had already been given to Benedict Cumberbatch. During Smith's tenure in On the Shore of the Wide World, the play transferred to the Royal National Theatre in London.