Matt Smith calls new Doctor Who foes The Silence 'one of the greatest monsters of recent years'

Matt SmithDoctor Who actor Matt Smith has discussed the new series, which is expected to launch over the Easter Weekend, and also creepy new enemies The Silence.


Warning: Contains some spoilers.

‘Silence Will Fall’ was a recurring phrase during the fifth season of Doctor Who last year with cracks in time – through which only silence could be hear – was another recurring element. However, exactly who/what The Silence is was not resolved in the season five finale – instead the story-arc continues in the new series.

“I think The Silence are one of the greatest monsters of recent years and certainly one of the scariest. They’re also very clever and I love the fact they’ve been silently working since the dawn of time to make The Doctor come unstuck.” – Matt Smith in an interview with the BBC.

The Silence will be introduced in the opening two-part story of the new series; The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon. The two-part story will see the return of Alex Kingston as the mysteries River Song and also guest appearances by Mark Sheppard and Stuart Milligan as President Nixon.

“Steven has a grand plan and some of the seeds he planted in the last series start coming to fruition and affecting the characters in drastic ways. Every character is faced with the most seismic and high-stakes choices we’ve seen so far.” – Matt Smith in an interview with the BBC.

Filming for the two-part story, partly set in America, saw the Doctor Who team spend several days in the country itself. It’s the first time in Doctor Who’s history the series has fully filmed within the United States itself although the 1996 television movie (starring Paul McGann) was set in Sans Francisco it was actually filmed in Canada.

It was very strange,. We were in the middle of the desert and suddenly there was a lady with a campervan and deck chair, holding an iPad up with a moving screen which read ‘autograph please!’. I mean how on earth she knew we were in the middle of the desert I have no idea, but it certainly proved her dedication to the show! The landscape was incredible and I think being in America, filming in that terrain, has definitely added a sense of scale and a filmic quality to this series of Doctor Who. It was an amazing experience and a brilliant laugh. – Matt Smith in an interview with the BBC.

Yesterday it was revealed the opening episode will see one of the regulars – including River Song – killed off. The story will see the demise of either the Doctor (Unlikely), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) or River Song. Fans have already begun speculating over who will fall victim to the grim reaper. The shows stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have both described the new series as the “scariest” yet.