Matt Smith – The Doctor is OUT

Matt Smith is the new Doctor Who.

BBC has just reported that Matt Smith will be leaving as The Doctor after the Doctor Who Christmas Special episode, which means we will see a regeneration in this episode.

After four years as The Doctor, Matt Smith made a statement to his fans:

“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.


Smith became the youngest actor to portray the Doctor at the age of 26 in 2010. Winning audiences with the 11th Doctor’s love of fish fingers/custard and bow ties, Smith was voted Best Actor in the 2010 Doctor Who Magazine and won the 2012 Most Popular Male Drama Performance from the National Television Awards.

Head writer Steven Moffat made a statement:

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!

Smith began as the Eleventh Doctor in 2010 with his first companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and was joined by Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), River Song (Alex Kingston) and now Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman). Coleman will stay on board for season 8 with the New Doctor after the Christmas episode. She was confirmed by BBC to return for the 8th season.

Smith is currently filming Ryan Gosling‘s How to Catch a Monster in the US and will return to London to begin filming the Christmas episode once he finishes the film.

Doctor Who returns on November 23rd, 2013 with the 50th Anniversary episode on BBC One/America.

Ryan Gosling directs Matt Smith in shirtless scenes for 'How To Catch A Monster' in Detroit

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