12-year-old Doctor Who superfan from Ashfield tells of success as ‘mini Matt Smith’

George Buckland, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, is a 12-year-old celebrity. Credit: Richard Buckland
George Buckland, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, is a 12-year-old celebrity. Credit: Richard Buckland
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A 12-year-old Doctor Who superfan has become a mini-celebrity amongst thousands as he takes the ‘Whovian’ world by storm.

George Buckland, from Sutton, now has more than 70,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, which began when he exclusively interviewed three former doctors at an event last year.

George Buckland, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, is a 12-year-old celebrity. Credit: Richard Buckland

George Buckland, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, is a 12-year-old celebrity. Credit: Richard Buckland

Since then, he has appeared on the red carpet at the premier of the new series with the new doctor Peter Capaldi and companion Jenna Louise Coleman - as well as sitting on a Q+A panel with the shows producer Steven Moffat.

George, also known as ‘mini Matt Smith’, also appears at Comic Con events across the country, posing for pictures and signing for autographs whilst dressed as the eleventh doctor, played by Matt Smith.

The Sutton Community Academy pupil said the last year has been so busy, it’s all a bit of a blur for him.

George said: “I have enjoyed every second of it.

“It’s kind of strange when I go somewhere and people know my name and who I am - I haven’t got used to that yet.”

The youngster first began his venture to stardom around 12 months ago when he dressed as the doctor at a Comic Con event.

He has since gone on to interview the likes of Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Tom Baker, Sophie Aldred and Nicola Bryant - all of which can be seen on his YouTube channel.

George added: “I want to show other kids around my age that if you really want something in life and work hard to achieve it you can make it happen.

“I never dreamed I would become a YouTube star and appear at events or sign autographs... Dream it, believe it.”

George’s YouTube channel has also recently paired with Maker Studios, one of the worlds biggest content creator companies which is owned by Disney.

He uses the events and events to raise money for Dreams Come True - a charity which helps children with life limiting conditions have a dream come true.

George said: “I decided to raise money for Dreams Come True because I think kids need to believe in the power of dreams.

“If they dare to dream, one day it may just come true.”

And as a thanks for all his hard work and support, the charity has built him a life-sized tardis, which is kept in the conservatory of the house.

George said receiving the tardis was “awesome” and described it as the best moment of his career so far.

Dad Richard said the past year has been a “whirlwind” for the family.

“It is really strange and surreal for us as parents because we are just normal people,” he said.

Richard thinks George, who is autistic, completely changes when he is dressed as the character.

“The positive affect it has had on his life is just crazy,” he added.

“We are busy every weekend taking him to events as a special guest, where people always want to get his autograph and have pictures with him.

“This is just a small amount of the things he does, which is pretty impressive for a 12-year-old boy with autism and other disabilities.”

And he is also excited to be interviewing the current doctor, Peter Capaldi, on the set of the tardis later this year.

You can follow George’s journey through his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/minecartmayhem.