Next month we’ll be saying our goodbyes to the Eleventh Doctor, actor Matt Smith, as he shares one last adventure with his predecessor and prepares to regenerate into Peter Capaldi for the Christmas special. As with many a Doctor before him, Smith proved a controversial pick at first, with some claiming he was too young, and others pointing out the incontrovertible fact that he was not, in fact, David Tennant. Still, many of the skeptics (including myself) eventually warmed to his “old man in a young body” routine and enjoyed many a fine adventure with him. Smith was born on this day in 1982, and GFR congratulates him on another successful journey around the sun.
While it probably shouldn’t have, the news that current Doctor Matt Smith was going to be leaving Doctor Who after the upcoming 50th anniversary special caught many fans by surprise. It makes sense though, really. He’s played the role for three seasons, the same length former Doctor David Tennant stuck with the role. And while Smith has his share of detractors, he’s also won over a lot of us who were initially skeptical about the too-young, goofy-looking Doctor with the bow tie. And it’s the 50th anniversary…what better time to take a bow and leave them wanting more before a new Doctor is introduced? So while we’ll still get one adventure with Smith in the 50th anniversary special, the actor took some time to post a new video online thanking his fellow cast, crew, and fans.
Few shows out there in TV land are like Doctor Who. There are of course the wibbly wobbly obvious wobvious reasons, such as its long legacy and zany plotlines, but I’m talking more about its lead character’s regeneration, allowing a multitude of different actors to take on the role over the years. Sure, sitcoms and dramas have swapped out leads in the past, but the real-life drama behind those changes usually overshadows the non-organic way in which they’re taken out of the plotlines. Who fans always know a change is lurking just around the corner.
Still, it was quite a surprise when the eleventh Doctor Matt Smith announced his departure a week ago. And the Internet has been ablaze with talk about possible replacements ever since. The trades recently reported that there is a good chance a female could be in line to control the TARDIS, and that Oscar winner Helen Mirren’s past interest in the role makes her a candidate. Of course, they also speculate that Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) and Russell Tovey (Being Human) are also favorites for the part.
Bad news for fans of Doctor Who, the Doctor is about to regenerate. Matt Smith, who has played the eleventh Doctor since 2010, is leaving the show. You’ve already watched his third and final season.
The news comes straight from the BBC where they say Matt will return for the 50th anniversary special and then you’ll see him in the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special, but Christmas will be the end for the Eleventh Doctor. He’ll regenerate at the end of the special and turn into someone else. That will be the last time you see him flying around in the TARDIS sporting his trademark bowtie.
Matt Smith released the following 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 realize 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 showrunner 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 honor 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.
It’s got to be majorly intimidating coming into an iconic role such as The Doctor. Even aside from the rabid fanbase, you’re also following in the footsteps of many actors before, each of whom have their own devoted fans convinced that their Doctor is the very best Doctor. How do you approach that kind of role? Do you immerse yourself in everything that came before? Do you rely on your beloved childhood memories? Or do you just do your best to be interesting and funny and make the role your own? In a new interview, Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith reveals how he prepared for the series, and which Doctor was his “first.”
Not since Ross and Rachel has there been so much will he/won’t he speculation in the TV world as reports come in seemingly every week on whether Matt Smith will continue beyond 2012 as The Doctor. The big news came from interpretations of an interview where Smith said he’d be interested in coming to America to work as soon as possible. Making many think that meant Smith was looking to exit Britain’s greatest export sooner rather than later.
The problem with all of the conjecture is that no one has clearly stated what will happen with Doctor Who beyond 2012. It has me questioning our ability to “read” between the lines, or whatever it is that people do when reporting this stuff as news. It’s quite simple: Matt Smith is the current Doctor; he will eventually end his run; sure, he’d work in America if he the opportunity arises.
Now a new interview is out where Doctor number 11 tells Doctor Who TV, “We work very long hours every day for nine months. The schedule is pretty brutal, but I’d never complain about it. I love playing this role, and I don’t want to give it up anytime soon.” So it looks like Smith will be holding onto his role for some time.