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Doctor Who banned from football

Friday July 20th 2012

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed that the people in charge of the sci-fi drama at the BBC have banned him from playing football.

The 29-year-old actor from Northampton said that he is prohibited from joining in even when the rest of the cast and crew are having a game but insisted that he understands given the issues surrounding Sports Injury Insurance and the potential consequences.

"I'd love to play football now. Everyone at work plays on Tuesdays, but they won't let me," he said.

"I guess it's the insurance companies and, realistically, if I turn my ankle over and we can't shoot, then we're screwed, aren't we? You just can't. It's a small price to pay."

And the BAFTA award nominated star is used to injuries after spending six weeks learning how to row at Leander rowing club in Henley-on-Thames for the BBC One drama about British rower Bert Bushnell at the last London Olympics in 1948.

"I've got blisters on the hand, cuts and bruises everywhere. Calluses," he said.

"Your bum is the worst thing because those old wooden seats are pretty grim ... I loved it, although it's taken its toll physically."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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