Matt Smith goes from Doctor to Prince in ‘The Crown’


Moving out of the TARDIS and into Buckingham Palace, Matt Smith, more widely known as The Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who, will also be exchanging his signature bow tie, elbow-patched tweed coat and ankle-high boots for a role with a little bit more of a royal fashion look when he plays the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, in the upcoming royal drama The Crown. Inspired by Peter Morgan’s West End play The Audience starring Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, the Netflix original drama series will tell “…the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world, Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, complete with all the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”

Doctor Who's Matt Smith trades in the TARDIS for Buckingham Palace

The Crown follows the Queen of England’s interactions with various postwar Prime Ministers over her life, with the first 10-episode series focusing on her coronation and early relationship with Winston Churchill. The former traveling Time Lord will join quite the illustrious cast with 3rd Rock from the Sun’s John Lithgow as Churchill and Wolf Hall’s Claire Foy as the Queen.

The Crown will premiere on Netflix in 2016 and, if all goes well, a second series will go on to explore subsequent decades in the monarch’s life.