Matt Smith is glad 'Doctor Who' frightens children.
The 28-year-old actor thinks the scariness of the BBC One sci-fi series is integral to what it is and he is happy if kids are running behind the sofa in terror at the monsters and action on screen.
He said: "I think it's good for little children to be scared, it's healthy, it's the sort of thing you remember when you're really little and you're really frightened and you're watching 'Doctor Who'."
Matt admits one of his favourite scenes of the new series was when a Silent monster kills a lady in the White House toilets in 'The Impossible Astronaut'.
He added to BBC Radio 1: "It's scary when that little granny in the toilet got zapped and then she disintegrated into little ribbons of clothes. I love that scene actually."
However, just as he likes scaring his younger fans, Matt also loves meeting them when he is out and about.
The star insists he learns a lot about what the programme means to people and he even got some tips on how to play the character when he met some kids while having lunch last weekend.
He revealed: "The thing with 'Doctor Who' is that it crosses generations. I had Sunday lunch in a pub last week and met a girl called Maddie and a girl called Harmie, that must have been about eight or nine and then they had this friend called Charley who must have been about five and I had a good chat with them and they were really, like, ecstatic, because they were meeting The Doctor and that's great.
"I had a really good insightful chat with the children and I learnt a lot about The Doctor and 'Doctor Who' and the world and things like that, and it's cool. I appreciate it."
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