Matt Smith will step down as the Doctor following the Christmas Special for Doctor Who.
Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who following the Christmas Special for 2013, giving him just two episodes left – the 50th Anniversary included. After four years as the eleventh doctor, Smith has seen a generally positive reception for Series 5, with mixed reception for Series 6 and 7, and has played host to companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Louise-Coleman), against various villains – Daleks, Cybermen, the Weeping Angels and the Silence.
It will be interesting to see how Clara is affected by this as it has been confirmed she is staying on, meaning that she will be the first companion since Rose (Billie Piper, who will also return in the 50th Special) to witness the Doctor regenerate.
Show Runner Steven Moffat claimed “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,” adding that “”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 11. Thank you Matt – bow ties were never cooler.”
Whilst I personally believe that Christopher Eccleston remains the best Doctor, Matt Smith has certainly impressed during his show-running, playing host to such spectacular episodes as The Doctor’s Wife and The Girl Who Waited, and it will be sad to see him go.
MATT SMITH’S STATEMENT IN FULL:
“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 11, 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.”