Make It An Even Dozen Then


Matt Smith has announced that he will be leaving Doctor Who after the 2013 Christmas special. No point in burying that lead. And honestly, it can't be said that it hasn't been expected. While Steven Moffat and new companion Jenna Louis Coleman have been confirmed for series 8 for some time, any lack of news on Smith's part has caused speculation that Smith's tenure as the Time Lord might be drawing to a close. This confirms those speculations. 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 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."
For whatever faults the series might have had of late, you can't claim that Smith was one of them. His performances saved many an episode, and he was a fantastic addition to the slim collection of actors to have played the role. Certainly, he's one of the more appreciative of the opportunity. His total, at time of departure, will be three complete series (it also means, rather sadly, that his last full series will be the one that just concluded, arguably one of it's weakest), as well as the 50th special and the next Christmas special, which will technically be part of series 8. That puts him in line with 10th David Tennant (three series, plus a series of specials), 2nd Patrick Troughton (whose portrayal inspired Smith the most), 5th Peter Davison (whose portrayal inspired Tennant), and 7th Sylvester McCoy (who was cancelled). So, despite calls that Smith might have been the actor to test Tom Baker's record, his time on the programme turned out to be perfectly average.

After the jump, see what Steven Moffat had to say concerning Smith's departure.


Moffat said this regarding Smith:
"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!"
Moffat will now have the privilege of having been able to write for four(!) separate Doctors, and to have created two himself. I hope he understands the responsibility inherent in that.

And now the speculation can begin anew. Expect article after article to spring up on the internet, and undoubtedly this very site, between now and November (when the BBC would be most likely to make an announcement, amongst the 50th celebrations) as to who might take on the role of the Dozenth Doctor (which will be how I refer to him from now on).

And Moffat has it right. 50 years, and twelve actors later, and it's all still very exciting.

Via the BBC.
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