I'm no Doctor Who, says Wiltshire's Matt Smith

This Is Wiltshire: DJ Matt Smith, who shares his name with the new Doctor Who DJ Matt Smith, who shares his name with the new Doctor Who

HIS voice is known to thousands across Wiltshire.

But it was BBC DJ Matthew Smith’s name which caught the interest of sci-fi fans across the world earlier this month.

That was because the Wiltshire DJ shared his name with Matt Smith.

On January 3 the BBC announced, amid much speculation, that actor Matt Smith would be handed the keys to the Tardis when David Tennant steps down from the role early next year.

Until that point he was best known for roles in BBC dramas The Ruby In The Smoke and Party Animals – and a small role in ITV drama Secret Diary of A Call Girl, which starred Swindon’s own Billie Piper.

On the day Matt Smith was named as the new Doctor the part of the BBC Wiltshire website which included Matthew Smith’s DJ profile attracted a whopping 4,000 hits.

And Matthew even had a clutch of emails from curious fans asking if he was the same Matt Smith.

“I got a fair few emails from friends about it too,” said Matthew, 36.

“I wasn’t aware of Matt Smith the actor before the announcement.

“But I was watching the programme on the night and when they said that Matt Smith was to be the new Doctor I thought ‘Hang on, that’s me.’ “I do like the show and think if the BBC had offered me the role I would have considered taking it – depending on my companion of course.”

Matthew is the voice of BBC Radio Wiltshire’s drivetime show between 4-7pm Monday to Fridays and has worked for the BBC for a number of years.

For Matthew, coming across someone who shares his moniker is a surprisingly regular occurrence.

“There was another Matthew Smith in my class at school,” he said.

“And we even have another Matthew Smith who works here at the BBC occasionally.

“So it’s definitely a common name. Sharing the name makes me think it might be worth putting in for an interview with Matt.

“It’s a while before he starts in the part but it certainly has to be worth a go.”

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10:35am Fri 16 Jan 09

who dat? says...

"I'm no Doctor Who, says Wiltshire's Matt Smith"

Who??
"I'm no Doctor Who, says Wiltshire's Matt Smith" Who?? who dat?
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11:19am Fri 16 Jan 09

PeeveD says...

Reminds me of an episode of the Simpsons when a TV character has the same name as Homer.
The "Joke" Springfield newspaper ran a headline stating "local man has same name!"

Slow news day is it?!
Reminds me of an episode of the Simpsons when a TV character has the same name as Homer. The "Joke" Springfield newspaper ran a headline stating "local man has same name!" Slow news day is it?! PeeveD
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2:24pm Fri 16 Jan 09

Home Boy says...

"HIS voice is known to thousands across Wiltshire."

Thousands? Really?
"HIS voice is known to thousands across Wiltshire." Thousands? Really? Home Boy
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11:19pm Fri 16 Jan 09

Jo-Ent says...

In a stunning coincidence, the Adver can reveal that a woman in Swindon is actually called "Elizabeth"...just like the Queen!!

And in an unbelievable twist, she once even met someone called Phillip!!!!

"I keep being asked if I'm really the Queen!", said Elizabeth Sprocket, 24, from Covingham. "Well, it happened once. And that was my Gran, who was going mad".

"I get loads of emails every week. But not actually about this".

Elizabeth said the name similarity has led to some hilarious misunderstandings.

"I was once on the phone, and when I said my name, the person on the other end was so stunned he went completely silent. He must have thought I really was the Queen. Or maybe the signal just went dead. How we laughed!!!!!!"

Elizabeth says she often comes across people who share her moniker. "But I don't really know what it means, to be honest".

Tomorrow - find out how Swindon begins with 'S', just like Switzerland!!!!!!!!!
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In a stunning coincidence, the Adver can reveal that a woman in Swindon is actually called "Elizabeth"...just like the Queen!! And in an unbelievable twist, she once even met someone called Phillip!!!! "I keep being asked if I'm really the Queen!", said Elizabeth Sprocket, 24, from Covingham. "Well, it happened once. And that was my Gran, who was going mad". "I get loads of emails every week. But not actually about this". Elizabeth said the name similarity has led to some hilarious misunderstandings. "I was once on the phone, and when I said my name, the person on the other end was so stunned he went completely silent. He must have thought I really was the Queen. Or maybe the signal just went dead. How we laughed!!!!!!" Elizabeth says she often comes across people who share her moniker. "But I don't really know what it means, to be honest". Tomorrow - find out how Swindon begins with 'S', just like Switzerland!!!!!!!!! !! Jo-Ent
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7:37am Sat 17 Jan 09

timmyj says...

This is just not news, I walked past the newsagents opposite the Adver offices yesterday to be confronted with the headline on the board "Man breaks underwater ironing record" why ? It never ceases to amaze me the amount of utter drivel that spouts from this paper(omit news at the beginning)
This is just not news, I walked past the newsagents opposite the Adver offices yesterday to be confronted with the headline on the board "Man breaks underwater ironing record" why ? It never ceases to amaze me the amount of utter drivel that spouts from this paper(omit news at the beginning) timmyj
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12:45pm Sat 17 Jan 09

MrAngry says...

When you consider that his surname is Smith, the coincidence seems even more amazing
When you consider that his surname is Smith, the coincidence seems even more amazing MrAngry
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6:35pm Sat 17 Jan 09

flicky says...

Who cares?
Who cares? flicky
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