Thursday, November 17, 2011

Matt Smith, Doctor Who.

Commenter "Juno" recently suggested I feature Matt Smith, the current Doctor Who, in a post

I'm no Doctor Who expert - only really began taking notice when David Tennant, Matt Smith's predecessor took over the role. Just when I started to get into the series, Doctor Who changed skins - again. Smith is a worthy successor, not quite as charismatic as Tennant thus far - but he could get there, in time.

Acting wasn't Smith's first choice of career, if a back injury hadn't prevented him from becoming a professional football (soccer) player we'd now be seeing a different face emerging from Tardis.

Matt Smith was born on 28 October 1982 in Northampton, England. His time of birth isn't known, so a 12 noon chart will have to suffice. We can't know his rising sign, and the exact degree of Moon in Pisces will remain a mystery.

Hmmmm. The majority of personal planets are clustered in just two signs: Scorpio and Libra. Only Mars in Sagittarius, and Moon somewhere in Pisces are outside the cluster....both Sagittarius and Pisces are traditionally ruled by Jupiter - I might come back to that in a mo.

Any astrology textbook will list traits associated with Scorpio and Libra - most astrology fans know 'em off by heart anyway: Scorpio = passionate, sexy, secretive, tendency towards paranoia on bad days, determined, unforgiving of past wrongs etc. etc. Libra = tactful, ever the diplomat, indecisive, often attractive, eager to see justice and fair play etc.

Although those traits hardly complement one another, they wouldn't be as difficult to live with as some potential combinations. However, I see that Scorpio's modern ruler, Pluto is in Libra, and Libra's ruler, Venus is in Scorpio. Ha! That's what astrologers call "mutual reception". Also these planets in these signs are either in their "detriment" or "fall" according to astrology's rules and regulations. In such positions planets are thought to manifest traits in weaker versions, and carry less influence. Planets in mutual reception usually "help" each other to live together, even when normally conflicting. In this case, mutual reception will be in play, assisting the blending of Scorpio and Libra traits even further.

There are three interesting close conjunctions in his chart: Sun/Venus (a link to his talent in the art of acting: Venus rules the arts). Then there's Pluto/Saturn/Mercury & Mars/Neptune - these link an outer planet to personal planet(s). I tend to think this is beneficial - adding strength and a link between the chart owner's sensibility and the "communal consciousnes". That has to be good for an actor, or any artist, offering their work for appreciation by the public.

Back to that gentle, whimsical Moon in Pisces and a rather philosophical yet creative Mars/Neptune in Sagittarius, both signs ruled by Jupiter - Jupiter here is found in Scorpio, providing yet another link-back to the network already described!

In a nutshell, this natal chart describes a person with two clear sides to their personality, but two sides which live together in reasonable peace, utilising the benefits of both with any potential drawbacks minimised.

What I don't see is any indication that the sci-fi element of Doctor Who is strongly indicated. That's not so surprising. I suspect Matt Smith got the part of Doctor Who due mainly to his appearance, age and acting talent rather than for any personal interest in time and space travel - for its own sake. From what I've read on line, it seems he'll only remain Doctor Who for one more season, then hopes to try his luck in Hollywood.

Saturn is transiting Matt's Libra planets right now, and will return to its natal position next month, December - then again after a retrograde period in April 2012 and September 2012. A "Saturn Return" such as this quite often indicates a change of some kind, in lifestyle and/or career. It's an indication that a move to Hollywood could well be in his future.

I don't see any other major transits to his chart coming up soon. The nearest, I guess, would be Uranus opposing his Libra planets, from Aries - but that won't be until 2016 at the earliest. It could perhaps be an indication of another period of change....this time unexpected change (Uranus's stock-in-trade).

While writing notes for this post I remembered a piece from some years ago on Doctor Who written by fellow-astrology blogger Barbara at Silverwheel Astrology: Doctor Who Hates Astrology. It might be of interest to any Doctor Who fans who missed it in 2007.


Vanilla Rose said...

Hates astrology? Never mind. In a recent episode, we found out that the Doctor cannot solve the Rubik's Cube! Brain the size of a planet, indeed! (Except that was Marvin the Paranoid Android.) There is at least one book available on how to solve Rubik's Cube and I can finally do it without looking at the instructions. 30 years too late, but still ...

David Tennant played a bi-polar patient in a BBC 2 drama called "Takin' Over the Asylum". I saw it repeated on BBC 4 or something a few years ago. It was striking how he had taken some of the energy he used to play the character in a manic phase and used it in his performances in "Dr Who". I mean, it isn't easy to run whilst explaining the term "happy prime", but DT managed it.

James Higham said...

I suspect Matt Smith got the part of Doctor Who due mainly to his appearance, age and acting talent rather than for any personal interest in time and space travel - for its own sake.

Or perhaps because he's a Time Lord?

Twilight said...

Vanilla Rose ~~ Hi!
Rubuk Cubes? Now there's a blast from the past! Haven't seen one for a long, long time....never did manage to solve it - no patience!

I'd like to see that drama - a quick Google tells that it's available online. Will have to give it a try! Maybe we'll see DT on the big silver screen one of these days - hope so.

Twilight said...

James Higham ~~ You just never know! Maybe they are annointed by a cosmic version of "Them".
Oooer! - I just had a thought - what if "Them" are Time Lords????

Juno said...

Thank you :) I am not an obsessive Dr. Who fan, but I find something about this actor very compelling in some of the work he has done outside of the T.V. series.

Twilight said...

Juno ~~ You're welcome!
There's probably some link to his astrology in your own. I've found that to be the case again and again when I find an actor, as you described it - compelling. :-)

Rossa said...

In a case of life imitating art and being more of a soap opera than on TV, David Tennant has had a baby with his fiancee, Georgia Moffet, daughter of the 5th Doctor Who actor, Peter Davison (real name Moffett).

And Georgia played the Doctor's daughter, Jenny, in Dr Who when David Tennant was the Doctor!!

As they say "you couldn't make it up!"

Twilight said...

Rossa ~~~ Ain't that the truth though!
Didn't know about this, so thank you for adding it to the thread.

Vanilla Rose said...

Don't forget that Ms Moffet's mother, Sandra Dickinson, played Trillian in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"! I'm surprised the baby didn't end up with a name like Cosmic or Moon Unit!

Twilight said...

Vanilla Rose ~~~

:-D True!