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Matt Smith Talks ‘The Crown’, ‘Physician Who’ & Ncuti Gatwa


Matt Smith‘s star flip as Prince Phillip within the first two seasons of The Crown attracted plaudits however didn’t precisely safe him as a long-term viewer.

The Home of the Dragon star stated he “retains a watch” on the twists and turns of Peter Morgan’s now-ended royal household saga however “doesn’t actually watch” The Crown.

“I’ve not saved updated with it however I’m proud to be a part of it,” he informed the BBC’s Right this moment program, as he labeled Morgan a “good author.”

Smith performed Queen Elizabeth II’s husband within the first two seasons from 2016 reverse Claire Foy, earlier than he was changed by Tobias Menzies for Seasons three and four after which Jonathan Pryce for the concluding runs.

In distinction to Smith, Dominic West, who performed Prince Charles in Seasons 5 and 6, just lately informed the identical BBC program that he was relieved The Crown had ended as he now not needed to be immersed on the planet of the royal household.

Smith additionally performed the 11th Physician in Physician Who a number of years in the past and he revealed right now that he didn’t give new Physician Ncuti Gatwa the identical welcome as predecessor Jodie Whittaker.

He beforehand stated that when Whittaker grew to become the primary feminine Physician he rang her up and sang the present’s celebrated theme music, which led to a wholesome dose of confusion, however when it got here to Gatwa he took the less complicated route.

“I dropped him a line and stated ‘effectively carried out’,” stated Smith. “I all the time hold my eye on Physician Who. I believe [Ncuti’s] nice for it, he’s completely made for it.”

Smith was showing on the BBC selling his new play, a reimagining of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the Folks from Thomas Ostermeier.

He described it as “in your face theater” however stated he “hopes younger individuals haven’t been priced out of” the outdated medium. The play runs on the Duke of York theater till April 6.

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