Matt Smith Shares His Thoughts About Prince Philip in The Crown’s Season Two and The First Female Doctor On Doctor Who

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When he was the eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who, we fell in love with Matt Smith and loved to go on various adventures with him, Amy and Rory. When he was cast as Prince Philip in Netflix’s The Crown, we fell even more in love with the British actor, especially when we were granted a glimpse at his royal bottom in the show.

For his performance in the second season, which is also his last as Prince Philip, he was rewarded with an Emmy nomination along with his co-stars Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby and Matthew Goode. What a parting gift!

The actor has shared his excitement about actually being invited to the party in a recent interview with Variety, and we cannot help but be excited for him and the rest of the cast as well!

“It’s nice to be invited to the party. I’m usually at the party having not been nominated,” he says. “I’m really pleased for everyone — Vanessa, particularly Claire, Matt Goode. We’re proud of the show and I think some of the performances in it are really strong, but then they are across all categories, really. So it won’t be easy to win, but it’s nice to be invited to the party.”

We at 4YE will definitely keep our fingers crossed for him and the royal gang.

In the course of season two, we have seen the relationship between Elizabeth and Philip go through rather a lot of rough times, which also included learning more about Philip’s past and how it has shaped him as an adult. Though it has made Matt like the Queen’s consort even more, despite the fact that some people don’t like him:

“Ultimately I feel proud of the body of work. I think if you look at it from episode one, season one to episode 10, season two, then hopefully you see a sort of gradient in the character and the person on screen and a change and a transformation. You learn a lot more about Philip’s personal history and how that informs him now. But he’s still cantankerous old crazy Philip, whom I rather like. I know not many do.“

The Crown is without a doubt one of the most popular tv shows Netflix has to offer and while we don’t know for sure if the Queen and the royal family has watched it, Smith believes it has changed the perception of the royal family:

“I think it’s definitely changed the perception of the royal family. I think it’s been pretty good PR for the royal family, to be honest with you.”

Though it is not the royal family in total but also the perception of Prince Philip, at least in Smith’s point of view:

“One of the interesting challenges for me was that I felt there was a sort of a misconception and a preconception about him, which reduced him a bit. And actually all the research I did found him to be brilliantly funny, very clever, very popular. In the royal house, he’s the most popular of all of them. If you’ve talked to any of the staff, Philip’s the one they all love really. I think more than a lot of them, he’s a bit more of a man of the people. The royal protocol hasn’t dogged him in quite the same way his whole life and there’s a sort of rebellion in him and a naughtiness and a cheekiness. I think he’s quite affable and open by all accounts with the staff. They all love him.“

The role is now passed on to Tobias Menzies while Olivia Colman is taking over from Claire Foy and while it is bittersweet for the fans, Smith explains why it is not for him.

“I pass it on with a smile and a good luck. I’d rather be doing two years on something than seven. I think it’s very difficult to sustain seven years doing anything creatively and I think that’s one of the virtues of the show.“

Matt has also talked to his successor and wished him and Olivia well. It also sounds like he’s quite a fan himself and as excited as we are about them taking over. However, he also jokes about hoping that they won’t do as well as Claire Foy and he did:

“I wished him well. We talked briefly about Philip. He’s a good guy and he’s a fantastic actor and I think he’s going to make a really genuinely brilliant Prince Philip. I think that’s a good bit of casting. They’ve got that right. And Olivia — she’s amazing. Totally amazing. So excited to see what she does with it. I think she’s got such range as an actor. So I’m excited. I think it’s going to go from strength to strength, but the glory is of course when Foy and Smith were involved. [Laughs.] We want them to do well. Just not that well. Well enough, but not better.”

While the show is such a success, one thing about it was rather disappointing: The fact that Claire Foy earned less than Matt Smith. Something that was also addressed in the interview and something Smith himself finds rather disappointing and upsetting too:

“It was disappointing. I would never ask at work how much someone earns. Never. My Dad taught me you never talk about money. So it was news to me. It was not something that I was aware of, but when we heard, I think we were both embarrassed really because Claire did the most work. She worked the hardest and she should be rewarded in response to that. But the important thing is that there was a response. Claire was the queen and she deserved to be remunerated accordingly. We expect this to be the norm going forward. And I’m sure that is the case with Olivia. I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be. It was a grave mistake, but one that won’t be repeated.“

The Crown was not the only show they talked about and Smith briefly voiced his excitement about Jodie Whittaker being the first female Doctor on Doctor Who, as he is sure that she will do a brilliant job with it.

“She’ll be brilliant. I think she’s got great humor but a real depth and sort of pathos and humanity that I think will lend itself to the character. I’m really excited as a fan, actually. Game on!”

We are as excited about it as Smith is and we cannot wait to watch Thirteen in the upcoming series. Just as we are excited to see Matt Smith in his next roles.


Anna Hattingen

25 year old college student with a passion for Netflix & Chill and exploring the world (but not at the same time), currently based in London and enjoying life.
Anna Hattingen