The Eleventh Doctor has landed in a wild new place in space and time: The early 19th Century England of author Jane Austen… if Austen had envisioned that world in the midst of an undead apocalypse.
In “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” Lionsgate’s film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s zombified take on Austen’s classic, actor Matt Smith has a wryly comic turn as Parson Collins, the insufferably unsuitable suitor trying vainly to win the affections of Elizabeth Bennett (Lily Collins). Only this time, the plucky heroine and her sisters — in this incarnation well-versed in combat — help fend off a zombie invasion of the wealthy countryside outside of London.
Smith who walks off with just about every scene he appears in the wildly entertaining mashup of two disparate but equally revered genres, sat down with Spinoff Online to discuss playing the one guy who hasn’t mastered the art of the zombie takedown in the Burr Steers-directed film. The actor also discusses the varying delights of Austen and the undead, his intriguing turn as the England’s royal consort Prince Phillip in Netflix’s “The Crown, and what his stint on “Doctor Who” still means to him today.