Matt Smith would love to see James Corden rejoin him as his full-time TARDIS companion in the BBC's science-fiction series Doctor Who.
Since taking over the role from David Tennant in 2010, Smith has travelled time and space with companions Amy and Rory Pond and, on and off, their daughter, Professor River Song.
However, in two episodes – The Lodger (2010) and Closing Time (2011), both by Gareth Roberts – Smith’s Doctor was joined by Craig Owens, played by James Corden, in the show's on/off bromance storyline.
Speaking to Forbes, Smith said he'd love for the pair's partnership to continue: “I really like [and] I’d love him to be a regular.”
However, with Corden currently busy with work in America, that isn’t possible at the moment. “There’s no way we’d be able to get him,” Smith adds.
Time and history
Following small TV parts in film and television, Corden, now 34, played Timms in both the theatre and movie adaptations of Alan Bennett's The History Boys (2006). Since when, he has gone on to carve out a career as a writer and presenter. He co-created and co-wrote, with Ruth Jones, the BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey (2007–10), in which he played Gavin's best mate, Smithy. As well as presenting Sky's sports comedy panel show, A League of Their Own, Corden has compered the BRIT Awards on three separate occasions – 2009, 2011 and 2012.
From June 2011, Corden has played, to critical acclaim, the lead in the National Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors, which transferred, first, to the West End and then to Broadway.
Current companions, Amy and Rory Pond (played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill), are due to leave during the current run of episodes. A new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, will join the series in this year’s as-yet-untitled Christmas special, which also stars Richard E Grant.
Doctor Who returns to UK and US television on Saturday, 1 September (BBC 1) and Saturday, 8 September (BBC America), respectively. Five single-episode stories will be followed in December by the now-annual Christmas special, in which the Doctor’s new companion – played by Jenna-Louise Coleman – will be introduced.
Eight further episodes are due to air in early 2013, with further episodes scheduled for later that year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show.
Smith said it was an honour to be the Doctor during this landmark in Doctor Who. “I feel very pleased and privileged to be a part of that year,” he enthused.