The rule is that the Doctor lies… and Matt Smith has definitely been rather ambiguous with what he’s been saying about his escapades through time and space in the future. Just as the Doctor would have it.
When will Matt Smith hang up his fez? Well… Most likely not in the next year, at least. Rumors were flying at one point about him having signed on up until 2014. And there were other rumors about him leaving before a particular age. He’s debunked those rumors by saying that he hasn’t signed anything new; apparently showrunner Steven Moffat keeps stringing him along by keeping him intrigued about what’ll happen next in the much loved Doctor Who series. When asked if there will be a regeneration during the 50th anniversary year, Smith pleads the 5th.
From Radio Times:
“We want to make [the anniversary] as big and bold and as brilliant as we can because, we hope, it can be one of the monumental bits of TV history,” Smith told us. “But I doubt there’ll be a regeneration … ”
Smith had previously scotched rumors that he’d signed up to play the Time Lord beyond his 50th year, telling press at the launch of series seven opener ”Asylum of the Daleks”: “I don’t know where this talk of the 2014 contract came from … I haven’t signed anything new.”
We’re in for quite the surprises as well, according to our favorite dirty hipster:
Steven will tease you right to the end, because that’s what he does to me.
What a fuckin’ cocktease, huh?
I highly doubt we’ll see a regeneration this year; Matt Smith’s getting far too much love to cut his tenure short. But next year’s a whole different ball game!
Source: Radio Times