Doctor Who… it’s official, says BBC. Matt Smith to leave as Doctor.

June 2, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

The BBC has now officially announced that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four years on the BBC One scifi show. Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the 50th Anniversary in November 2013 and regenerating in the Christmas Special, possibly as a woman.

Having starred alongside three different companions, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and most recently Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Matt’s Doctor has fought Daleks and Cybermen, as well as Weeping Angels in New York. Regularly heard shouting ‘run’ and ‘Geronimo’, through Matt’s Doctor fans have been introduced to a new culinary combination – fish fingers and custard.

Doctor Who... it's official, says BBC. Matt Smith to leave as Doctor.

Doctor Who… it’s official, says BBC. Matt Smith to leave as Doctor.

Matt Smith told SFcrowsnest, “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.”

He added, “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.”

Steven Moffat went on to say, “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 behavior 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 exit is yet to be revealed and will be kept tightly under wraps. He will return to BBC One screens in the 50th anniversary episode on Saturday 23rd November 2013.

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  1. avatar UncleGeoff says:

    I have to confess that I did wonder if Matt Smith was going to be leaving at the end of the year when he had his head shaved for his new film role. I remember reading that it was part of his contract not to lose his hair and couldn’t see him growing it back that fast.
    Anyone want to take bets as to how long before the press play the guessing game as to his replacement. Would John Hurt really do it for at least a season?
    Geoff

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