I’ll admit, my first reaction was “Who the hell is THAT?” I hadn’t even been aware he was on the list of possibles, I hadn’t seen anything with him in, so the caption “Matt Smith – The Eleventh Doctor” just left me going WTF? The bizarre teases throughout the frankly over-extended (if entertaining) bit of puff were giving us little nuggets of info – at the moment his hair was referenced, Patterson Joseph was out (someone who’d been mooted as a definite by various rumour-mongers), and when they said he was 26, I was left slightly perplexed. But, from the brief nuggets of the interview, Matt Smith looks like an odd, offbeat and interesting choice (which qualifies him for the role almost immediately) – weird, actorly, with a habit for gesticulating that I find quite familiar (My friend Tris once suggested that the best way to stop me from talking was tying my arms behind my back), energetic and enthused. It’s barnstormingly strange that there’ll be a Doctor who’s younger than me – and it’s something of a relief that they’ve gone for someone who’s good but not very well known, as most of the names mooted would have way too much baggage. Of course, there’s six months before he even starts filming, and we won’t properly get a good look for over a year. He may be brilliant, or he may be an absolute disaster – but it’s a bold choice, it’s a definite change, and could potentially be very interesting.