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Doctor Who star Matt Smith snaps sonic screwdrivers

Matt Smith and a sonic screwdriver

Doctor Who actor Matt Smith says he's broken four sonic screwdrivers since taking on the role of the Time Lord.

The screwdrivers are mainly used to open doors on the hit sci-fi show and Matt told the Radio Times he keeps one with him to get in some extra practice.

"I like to have it about my person at all times, just twirling it around and flicking it," he said. "It's all part of the magic, isn't it?"

The new series, called the Eleventh Hour, starts on 3 April.

It also stars Karen Gillian as the Doctor's new assistant Amy Pond.

Away from life as a Time Lord, Matt Smith said he'd also like to work in Hollywood one day.

"I'd take my mum," he said, "she'd love it."

But for now, he said he feels very happy and safe in the Tardis!