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Matt Smith has been looking back at his time on Doctor Who and revealed what a daunting role it was to take on.

The actor steps down as the Time Lord in the hit BBC show's Christmas special - The Time Of The Doctor - and will regenerate into Peter Capaldi.

As he quits the role, Matt said the reaction from fans to his time as the Doctor has been positive and that once he got used to being in such a high-profile role he relished the challenge.

"I spent most of my first week of filming thinking, 'Am I this man or not?'," he revealed. "It was a weird experience taking on this character, this icon, and I didn't know how to digest it.

"There were paparazzi everywhere, so it was initially a very difficult show to make. But eventually, you settle down and it becomes part of your routine, along with what you're going to have for lunch that day."

Matt went from being relatively unknown to being watched by 80 million viewers around the globe.

Now, he can't go anywhere without being recognised and admitted: "I wear more hoods! I get muffled up going to Tesco after work and I haven't tried the Tube."

But asked about the reaction to him following in the footsteps of David Tennant - recently voted the best Doctor ever - he said: "It's been very positive, actually.

"There is one woman who turns up from time to time, who keeps calling me a hedgehog, but that's about it really. Everybody's been very kind and generous."

Matt is not afraid to move on from such a famous role. He is starring in a musical version of Bret Easton Ellis's novel American Psycho and has already filmed his Hollywood debut in Ryan Gosling's How To Catch A Monster, due for release next year.

"If anything, the role opens up opportunities to do more varied work in the future," he said of the Doctor. "Look at David [Tennant], he's doing lots of things now."

The Time Of The Doctor airs on BBC One on Christmas Day.

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