Doctor Who fans who love current Doctor Matt Smith, good news: it sounds he’s staying on the show at least through 2014! Doctor Who fans who hate current Doctor Matt Smith, bad news: it sounds like he’s staying on the show at least through 2014.
You may have noticed that the headline and opening paragraph above are rather noncommittal. That’s because in a new interview with The Sun, Smith sure sounds like he’s planning on sticking with the show through 2014, but the interview doesn’t provide a direct quote where Smith says it outright. The headline of the article says, “MATT SMITH will keep playing Doctor Who until at least 2014, he has revealed.” Sounds clear-cut, but there’s still too much wiggle-room for us to consider this 100% confirmed. So: Matt Smith will probably be sticking with Who through at least 2014. We think. Maybe.
At any rate, Smith says that he’s excited about the “brilliant” stories showrunner Steven Moffat has in the works for the 2013 season. ” It hasn’t been written yet but the idea is as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven, says Smith. “When Steven was going to pitch the next season to me not long ago, he said, ‘Are you ready to cry?'” It sounds like Moffat isn’t going to limit his tugging of fans’ heartstrings to the rumored-to-be-tragic departure of Amy Pond and Rory in the upcoming season. Just start packing a sobbing handkerchief into every Who DVD set, why don’t ya?
Smith also said that he’s excited for the show’s 50th anniversary celebration, which promises to be a huge event in the world of Who-dom. Smith says: “We want to do 50 years — and everyone that’s been associated with the show — justice. We want to go, ‘Look, world, here is Doctor Who. It’s 50 years old, a science-fiction show, still going and going from strength to strength.'” In this day and age where many science fiction shows are killed before making it even a single season, the staying power of Who is pretty remarkable. And if rumors are to be believed, the 50th anniversary may include plenty of familiar faces.