At the National Television Awards this week in Britain both Doctor Who stars, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan walked away with the top acting awards in Drama Performance. Who-ray! (Yeah, I said it.) Afterwards when speaking backstage Smith made some comments that, as usual, sent Whovians into a tizzy. Basically any Who-talk can send a Whovian into a fit, but particularly when you’re discussing the departure of a Doctor.

When Gillan’s exit from the show was mentioned Smith said,

I always knew that me and Karen would have slightly different journeys in the show. People say, ‘Are you not sad?’ I am sad because I have enjoyed worked with Karen and Arthur [Darvill], they are wonderful guys. But the show is bigger than all of us actors in it.

But what about is own tenure as the Doctor?

It’s bigger than everyone in it and it will continue far longer, way after me. I am here for a very small period of time.

I’m here for the future, I love working on the show. I have no plans to leave.

He then went on discussing his plans after Who,

I’ve got a year of Who and then I’ll take it from there really. I am interested in films, I’ve always loved the idea and process of films and I am actually interested in directing.

It was his mention of being there, “for a very small period of time,” and only saying he’s, “got a year of Who,” that caused the fan freakout. And his comments about seeking out films and possibly directing that led many to believe Smith is making some serious plans for his career post-Who.

Well, duh! Of course he’s making plans for his post-Who career. He’d be a dumbass if he didn’t. What I think is interesting to ponder is what will happen after 2013? If Smith is committed to another season in 2012 and then most likely whatever the celebration will be come the 50th anniversary, wouldn’t it be one hell of a finale to have the Doctor regenerate as we enter Doctor Who‘s next 50 years?

It’s just a thought, so please don’t start spreading rumours Smith is leaving after the anniversary. I don’t need Steven Moffat mad at me. But, what d’ya think?

Source: Digital Spy

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