Matt Smith: the Doctor is "attracted" to "hot chick" Clara

And the Doctor Who star tells Radio Times that the Time Lord is drawn to all his female companions, not just Jenna-Louise Coleman

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Matt Smith: the Doctor is "attracted" to "hot chick" Clara
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Paul Jones

Ever wondered about the Doctor’s penchant for travelling with comely young ladies? Is it just to keep the gender balance in the Tardis equal? Or could it simply be that he fancies them?

Matt Smith says the Time Lord is "attracted" to all his female companions – and that he's particularly struck by new partner in time Clara when he meets her in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special The Snowmen.

"I think, in one way or another, the Doctor is always attracted to his companion and he's certainly taken by this striking young lady," Smith tells Radio Times in the new edition of the magazine.

And he says Clara is just what the Doctor ordered after the loss of former travelling companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).

"The fall of the Ponds had a grave effect on the man," said Smith. "I think he's quite lonely and removed from the universe and not really as engaged as he was, at his best with Amy and Rory.

“Handily, he meets a jaunty new companion, a hot chick..."

Fans will have to wait until Christmas to see the full effect Clara has on the Doctor but they’ve already glimpsed her snatching a rare kiss from him in a BBC1 Christmas trailer and Smith said "what's interesting with a new companion is that it changes the way [the Doctor] is and affects his personality."

One obvious difference is in the Time Lord's dress sense. "I've got a whole new Christmassy outfit and the best hat," said Smith. "A bit Artful Dodger meets the Doctor.

"There's a lot of purple this year, which is nice. I've always wanted something purple but they were always reluctant. It's taken three years to get a jaunty hat and a purple coat."

Doctor Who Christmas special The Snowmen airs on BBC1 on Christmas Day and stars Richard E Grant as this year's festive foe, the sinister Dr Simeon.

Read the full interview with Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman in the new issue of Radio Times, on sale now.

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