The Governor on The Doctor: David Morrissey talks Matt Smith

Morrissey as 'The Next Doctor,' courtesy BBC
I've just come from a screening of the new Doctor Who Christmas Special (review to come), and while I can't reveal anything about it just yet, I did want to give a small holiday gift to Whovians today. 

My favorite of the Who Christmas Specials is "The Next Doctor," which starred David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, and guest-starred David Morrissey who may or may not be a future incarnation of The Doctor. Without spoiling the episode for the uninitiated, Morrissey isn't currently the Doctor, but he is The Governor on The Walking Dead.

In a recent interview, I was able to sneak in a question about when he knew Doctor Who was a phenomenon in America, and - as something of an unofficial Doctor - how he thinks Matt Smith is doing as the lead alien (after the jump ...)

"When I was at Comic Con in San Diego, I did go on the floor. It was fine until I got by the Doctor Who store. The guy screamed at me, and I was like, 'Oh yeah, this is big.'"

"I love Matt; I think he’s a fantastic actor. I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a great guy. He’s a really brave choice for them. There was lots of names around – and those were tough shoes to fill, David Tennant's. You know what I mean? David Tennant really made it his own, and for Matt to come in and do that is something else … he’s the first [Doctor] to really break through in America."

-Aaron Sagers