Honestly, you can ask as many people as you like, dig as deep as you like - you will never ever find a negative story about Matt Smith. You simply will not. Everybody adores him.
He makes the crew work faster. Marcus Wilson [the producer] would always get him to the set quicker than he needed to, just ‘cos Matt’s presence gets everybody energised. He is tireless - not just in his performances, but with the extra demands of being a leading man, of being the company leader. He is so good at that and yet he works so hard at his own performance.
I will miss my friend [and] I will miss the most tireless and inventive actor I have ever worked with.— Steven Moffat, paying tribute to Matt Smith. Doctor Who Celebration, London, 24th November 2013. (Panel transcript via DigitalSpy.)
kavkakat asked: I'd be especially fascinated by Middle Eastern and Asian wizarding society - in the Arabian Nights, magic seemed very commonplace, although a very wonderful and awesome commonplace, and then of course dragons are revered for wisdom in Chinese mythology. Like you've said before, I suspect that the Statute might be much more loosely upheld outside of the Western world. (I suspect that the US would be much like Britain, with lots of rules and regulations over magic.)
DEMONOLOGY oh my god, not that summoning demons wasn’t a large part of European magic—the Lesser Key of Solomon is all about summoning angels and demons, and was the basic textbook for European occultists since the medieval period—but that shit is rooted in the Muslim concept of jinn and jiniri and how sorcerers could call on them to tell the future and effect the world.
I can imagine that the magical education in Muslim areas would be centered around mastering the complicated incantations and secret images necessary for summoning and commanding jinn.
And I don’t want to lump all Asian traditions together—I know that India has an incredibly extensive tradition of Vedic astrology; I imagine that within cultures like China’s that practice veneration of the dead, they’d construct their relationships with ghosts differently; I’d be interesting to examine the philosophical implications of a Buddhist or Daoist magic, since the western conception of magic is acting and changing the world, which is so inimical to preserving balance or looking beyond the world.
I just am really fascinated by this concept.