In breaking news straight from the BBC, Matt Smith is saying goodbye to Doctor Who after four years with the program. His last adventure as the Eleventh Doctor will be this year’s Christmas special. Of course, before then it’s the highly anticipated 50th anniversary special airing on November 23rd. Here’s Smith’s official statement,
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.
Moffat also 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!
Surprising, but somehow not entirely shocking news. It’s been rumored for some time Smith would exit with the 50th anniversary, sending the show into its next 50 years with a new Doctor. And it seems, that’s basically what’s happening, though The Doctor’s 12 regeneration will come at the end of the Christmas special as opposed to the anniversary special.
For me, I’m sad to see Smith go, but I’m already excited about the prospect of a new Doctor. I still firmly believe Smith’s first season as The Doctor is the best of series since it returned in 2005. What Smith pulled off I thought was impossible. He followed David Tennant and managed to make Doctor Who even more popular during his tenure in the TARDIS. But all good things come to end, right? And nothing is ever more exciting than the search for the next Doctor!
Sorry to see Smith moving on? Share your favorite Eleventh Doctor moments in the comments below. And, who’d you like to see as the next Doctor?