Nope, i’ve heard of him either. At 26, Matt Smith will be the youngest person to take on the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who when David Tennant leaves in 2010, and Matt becomes the 11th Doctor. He is a relative unknown, although like Tennant before him, has had a number of lead roles in BBC dramas. He’s also worked with previous Doctor’s assistant Billie Piper in Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke, and in Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
It’s a brave choice for new show runner Steven Moffat to go with someone so young, as Steven had said he’d always seen the Doctor being older (“in his 40s”). I don’t know any of Matt Smith’s work so i can’t really judge if it’s a good choice or not. I do however trust Moffat, and i can only assume he’s seen something in him that he thinks will work for the role. When interviewed, Moffat commented “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. As soon as Matt walked through the door and blew us away with a bold and brand new take on the Time Lord, we knew we had our man. 2010 is a long time away but rest assured the Eleventh Doctor is coming – and the universe has never been so safe.”
I guess only time(lord) will tell… ;)
A few more pictures of Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor (I’m guessing that’s not his final outfit).