Andrew Garfield, soon to be seen in cinemas donning the Spider-Man costume, has been speaking about the honour of having appeared in Doctor Who.
As part of the publicity for The Amazing Spider-Man – which opens in cinemas on 3 July – the 28-year-old British actor was being interviewed on Radio 5 Lives’ recent edition of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews. During the interview, Garfield was asked about his time on Doctor Who.
He appeared in the BBC-produced science-fiction series in 2007. His character, Frank, joined David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Freema Agyeman’s Martha Jones as a temporary companion for two episodes involving the show’s oldest and most iconic monsters, the Daleks – Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks.
Of his time on the show, Garfield said, “The history of Doctor Who and the heritage and legacy of Doctor Who is huge. It was an honour to be a part of that show, absolutely […] I’m honoured to be a part of that legacy.”
Garfiled also chatted about Matt Smith, who took over from Tennant in 2010. Describing Smith as a friend, Garfield said, “I’m so happy that everyone is now seeing Matt Smith for the incredible actor and Doctor that he is. I am so proud and happy for him. [He] is being put to fantastic use, and giving so many people so much joy.”
Garfield has taken over from Tobey Maguire to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man. This is the fourth Spider-Man movie to be produced by Columbia Pictures, and is a reboot of the series. The first three films – all starring Maguire – were directed by Sam Raimi.
The Amazing Spider-Man is directed by Marc Webb. Known predominantly for his prolific output of video and short films, this is Webb’s second feature film; his first being (500) Days of Summer (2009).
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Prior to going to Hollywood, Garfield starred in a number of other British TV dramas, including Sugar Rush (2005) and Red Rising (2009).
In 2008, he received a Best Actor BAFTA for his title role in Boy A (2007). From there, he appeared in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) and Never Let Me Go (2010) – in which he starred with Carey Mulligan, herself a former “one-off” Doctor Who companion: Sally Sparrow in the award-winning story Blink, by Steven Moffat. Also in 2010, Garfield appeared in The Social Network, as Eduardo Saverin, one of the four co-founders of the Internet social-networking site Facebook. He is already slated to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is expected to be released in 2014.
The Daleks will be returning to Doctor Who for this year's season opener, Asylum of the Daleks, expected in the UK, US and elsewhere around August/September.
Garfield is currently one of three Brits playing American superheroes – the others being Christian Bale (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman).
The Amazing Spider-Man premiered in Japan on 13 June, and will be released in a number of European and Scandinavian countries this week. The US and UK release date is 3 July, with other countries following throughout that month.