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'Doctor Who' star 'overwhelmed by US success'

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Matt Smith has expressed pride over Doctor Who's growing popularity in the US.

Ahead of Doctor Who's sixth series premiere this weekend, the actor has told Entertainment Weekly that he wasn't prepared for the enthusiastic reaction he and his co-stars Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan received during a recent New York City screening.

"It's so overwhelming," Smith beamed. "There's something wonderful about the way Americans communicate their enthusiasm for the show. It's overpoweringly wonderful."

The star, who succeeded David Tennant as the 11th incarnation of the Time Lord last year, went on to suggest that Americans have taken to the sci-fi series because of the unique style in which Doctor Who presents The Doctor's adventures.

He explained: "It seems like there's a real appetite for science fiction in the States. The storytelling in Doctor Who is quite universal. I think there will always be stories that are interesting about this mad man who turns up and saves the universe with a cricket bat and piece of string and a toaster.

"There's something interestingly ridiculous about it. It's a wonderful televisual conceit. One of the greatest. But we really want to push it in the States and we want it to reach a wider audience."

While Saturday's premiere episode 'The Impossible Astronaut' marks the first time the show has filmed extensively in the US, several episodes throughout the show's history have been set in America, including the First Doctor adventure 'The Chase' and the 10th Doctor and Martha's trip to New York City in the two-parter 'Daleks In Manhattan'/'Evolution of The Daleks'.

Earlier this week, Smith, Tennant and their predecessor Tom Baker all paid tribute to the late Elisabeth Sladen, who portrayed The Doctor's companion Sarah Jane Smith on and off for nearly 40 years.

The sixth series of Doctor Who premieres this Saturday on BBC One in the UK and on BBC America in the US.

> Read ten teasers about 'The Impossible Astronaut'!

Watch the stars of Doctor Who discuss the series premiere below:

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