Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who


With former Doctor Who co-star Karen Gillan recently revealed as the main female villain for Guardians of the Galaxy, now Who star Matt Smith has announced the next step in his acting career – he’s leaving Doctor Who. Yes, the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor is to bow out after the Christmas Special this year, having enjoyed four fantastic years on the show.

The news dropped with the BBC making the announcement, with a piece boasting the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and drawing attention to the fact he is set to regenerate in the Christmas Special. The piece also highlighted how Smith “reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role.”

Matt_Smith_on_the_Doctor_Who_50th_Special___It_s_not_just_an_episode__it_s_bigger_and_more_exciting_Both Matt Smith and current showrunner Steven Moffat have made statements on Smith’s departure. Smith says: “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!

It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”

While Steven Moffat says: “Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him – sometimes literally – his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor. 

But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt – bow ties were never cooler.

Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now – all unknowing, just going about their business – is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!” 

Matt Smith’s incarnation of the Doctor has been and will be loved by many – with over 77 million fans in the UK, USA and Australia alone. He brought a child-like curiosity and playfulness to the role, while also pushing the Doctor to some of his darkest and most emotional moments of recent memory.

Smith has starred opposite three different companions, Amy and Rory Pond (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) and Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman). He has also crossed paths with the enigmatic River Song (Alex Kingston) many a time, and has filmed on locations such as New York City.

Of course, there are no details on Smith’s Doctor’s regeneration at the moment, especially as the Christmas Special is even less known than the 50th Anniversary as it stands. It is also much too early to speculate on who will be the next incarnation of the Doctor, but always, the previous Doctor will be a hard act to follow.

matt_smith_doctor__1215943cIt seems like almost yesterday that the great David Tennant was replaced by the young Matt Smith. A relatively unknown actor who then rose to become The Oncoming Storm, making bowties cool and wearing all sorts of questionable headwear. He ushered in Moffat’s age at the helm of Doctor Who, and while he departs he leaves behind a brilliant four-year chapter across three series’ and specials, helping spread worldwide appreciation of one of the greatest and longest-running science fiction television shows on air.

It isn’t over until it’s over, however. There is still the 50th Anniversary that is surely going to turn heads, boasting the return of David Tennant and Billie Piper as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler respectively, not to mention the inclusion of John Hurt, whose role was revealed at the end of the seventh series to much shock, surprise, and curiosity.

That shall be on Saturday 23rd November 2013, while the Christmas Special will then see the very last adventure Matt Smith’s Doctor will go on. Who will he face on the final TARDIS curtain call? No-one knows. All we know is that he’ll go anywhere he wants. Any time he wants. On the one condition: that it has to be amazing. 

And it will.

Goodbye Matt Smith, my Doctor. To days to come, and all my love to long ago. 

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