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Early fan mail for new Doctor Who

Matt Smith
Matt Smith says he is already immersed in the role

New Doctor Who Matt Smith says he has received fan mail even before shooting any scenes for the new series.

The actor, in his first interview since landing the part, told Doctor Who magazine he would "try to respond to all of them".

Smith, 26, added that he goes "largely unnoticed" at present, adding: "I am enjoying my anonymity."

The youngest actor to take the role was unveiled last month, and will star in the new series in 2010.

Smith, who was in Brazil when the announcement was made, said that he would make his Doctor "as varied, brilliant, dark, unpredictable and happy and sad as I can".

"I'm really going to work my socks off in the next few years and do my best to enjoy it as much as I can," he added.

The actor, who will become the 11th Time Lord, revealed that he hopes he will have a say in his new costume - and hinted at the attire of past Doctor Tom Baker.

"I'm a big fan of long coats and rather dashing scarves in everyday life, so who knows?"

Smith, whose previous credits include Ruby In The Smoke and Secret Diary of a Call Girl, is promising to get to the heart of his new role and its long history.

Tom Baker in Doctor Who
Smith alluded to Tom Baker's sartorial elegance
"I'm going to make it my business to do so, and fall into it with as much depth as I possibly can."

The Northampton-born actor also said that he was already immersed in his new part.

"There's Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Doctor Who. It has resonance in our cultural fabric."

He also revealed that he has already read two "inventive and funny" scripts for the fifth series, written by Steven Moffat, and is "desperate to read more".

"They rocket along. He's going to talk me through the whole series, what happens and stuff. It's so exciting," added Smith.

The new series starring Smith is expected to run in spring 2010.

His predecessor David Tennant will appear in four special episodes, the last of which is scheduled to screen early next year.

Doctor Who began in 1963, and seven actors played the Doctor before the show was dropped in 1989.

After a TV movie in 1996 - starring Paul McGann - the TV series returned in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role. Tennant took over the same year.

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