south Tyneside student Peter Dawson is set to beam into the ultimate Father’s Day event this weekend.
The 20-year-old bears an uncanny resemblance to Doctor Who star Matt Smith and as a result has been booked for a sci-fi event at the North East Aircraft Museum on Sunday.
Peter, a member of both the Westovians and Cleadon Village drama clubs, auditioned for the part after being told about it by a friend who works at the museum in Old Washington Road, Sunderland.
The Northumbria University English and film student, from Westoe, South Shields, said: “Quite a few people have told me that I look like Matt Smith, it was a bit of an in-joke with me and my mates at first, but then when the show started getting really big, a lot more people started to mention it.
“I’ve even been mistaken for him, but the people were a bit drunk at the time so I didn’t take it too seriously, but when my mate told me about the audition I just thought, ‘why not?’”
The museum recently held auditions in the hope of finding a lookalike of any of the show’s 11 Doctors, which also include David Tennant, Tom Baker and Peter Davison.
Peter said: “I’m a huge Doctor Who fan so I’m really excited about being part of this event, I’ve never been to anything like this before either, so it’ll be really fun to be there. I’ve had some photos done and I’m thinking about submitting them to a few agencies to try and get more work as a Matt Smith lookalike.”
Peter will be circulating at the event, which will have life-size Daleks and a Tardis on display, to pose for pictures with fans of the show, which was famously brought back to life in 2005, with the ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston.
The event will feature memorabilia from the popular BBC programme, as well as iconic American sci-fi show Star Trek.
Peter added: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a real out of this world experience.”
Tickets for the event, which is open from 10am to 5pm, cost just £4. For information, call 519 0662 or visit www.neam.org.uk