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Matt Smith Leaving Doctor Who in December

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The BBC has announced that the 11th Doctor Who, Matt Smith, will leave the show at the end of the year, with his final episode being the 2013 Christmas special. No word yet on who will replace him.

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,” Smith said in a statement. “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.”

Smith replaced David Tennant as the good Doctor in 2010, and is the youngest actor to have played the role. Other actors who have played the role over the years include Tom Baker, Colin Baker, William Hartnell, Christopher Eccleston and Sylvester McCoy.

“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,’” Smith said “But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys.”

Doctor Who marks its 50th anniversary in November with a special episode, which the BBC says Smith has already filmed.

“Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins,” said Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer. “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!”

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  • no1

    Black doctor!

  • JozefAL

    Why? I really don’t get all this “we need a Black Doctor” silliness. When the UK selects its first Black Prime Minister, I’ll agree to a “Black Doctor.” Otherwise, it’s just silly. What’s next? A Black Hercule Poirot? A Black Miss Marple? A Titania and Oberon? A Black Blackadder? A Black Patsy Stone and Edwina Monsoon?
    Why not a Female Doctor? Why not an Asian Doctor?

  • Immanuel

    Damn it Matt Smith, you are setting a bad precedent of new Doctors leaving after 3 seasons/series. Also while a black Doctor would be cool, I refuse to get my hopes up.

  • Trevie O

    A mention of Colin Baker as The Doctor and not Peter Davison? What the…?!?

  • no1

    I’m just surprised that Hercule Poirot can regenerate into different people…

  • Ominon

    Let him be ginger, the doctor still miss it xD.

  • Edwin Lopez

    Female doctor!

  • Travis

    Two-Headed Doctor. Eccleson said it could happen!

  • @zombieundergrnd

    This would be an absolutely opportune time for a female doctor.
    Why? Because I don’t think gender really matters for the time lords.

  • Anirudh.

    He was legendary. Salutes to him. o.o>

  • Anirudh

    Yes. :3

  • Anirudh

    Haha!

  • Jimmy

    If the Doctor was to regenerate into a non-white male, and by “black” you mean “of African descent” .Then I’d have to say Indian is far more likely.

    Whatever the case I’m sure they’ll choose someone good for the role. I highly doubt it will be a woman as there’s no precedent for Timelords swapping gender during regeneration and I’m not looking forward to the first few episodes where he has to adjust to being a female.

  • Hawk

    Actually, in The Doctor’s Wife, it was established that at least one Time Lord the Doctor knew had been a woman in some regenerations.

    What adjustment? Just an ‘oh, this is different!’ would suffice.

  • Emma Ross

    Female Doctor? Two Words: Tilda Swinton.

  • Lyle

    It is only too bad because I really enjoyed Matt Smith’s interpretation of the Doctor. Still, I’m an old time Doctor Who person who started off with Tom Baker and got to like Peter Davidson and has really liked every interpretation of the Doctor. I notice that each new version somehow significantly differs from the previous Doctor, and I wonder how the new one will differ. I also wonder if they would actually allow John Hurt to be the next Doctor. Still, a black Doctor, a female Doctor, or whatever would be fine as long as he/she keeps the British accent.

  • Jim Hall

    Damian Lewis! He’s awesome and the Doctor could finally be a ginger!

  • JasonMBryant

    Honestly, that’s the best argument I’ve heard for a female Doctor.

  • batGRRRl4ever

    Don’t worry all who are speculating, there will be an almost 100% chance that the next Doctor will be a very boyishly and extremely good looking quite young white guy. Any and all non-whites, women, and any one over the age of 25 need not apply.

  • ChrisIII

    That’s pretty much the way it was in the original series, with the exception of Tom Baker.

  • ChrisIII

    McCoy is also listed twice.

  • fmyates

    What a GREAT idea!
    Why not a Female Doctor?
    Why not a Asian Doctor?
    That would be cool!
    I certainly hope they listen to your ideas!

  • ChrisIII

    Well, the new series did start with the 41-year old Christopher Eccleston.

  • JasonMBryant

    So now my big question is whether or not Steven Moffat is staying.

  • Lyle

    Okay, here are three choices for the next Doctor: Idris Elba if you must go black, Peter Dinkage because I think he’s a really good actor and the Doctor being a little person would be fun, or Rupert Grint so the Doctor can finally have his wish of being a ginger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dfullam David Fullam

    Well, here we go again. A sad and exciting time.

  • AndyB

    I’m really sick of the let’s have a different gender or ethnic group comments that have been popping up. I’ve never understood the concept of diversity for diversity’s sake. How about let’s find the best actor for the role but even more importantly let’s get some really great stories. I love Matt Smith’s 1st season (with a couple exceptions) but the past 2 have been really hit or miss with me. I would favor a slightly older Doctor (late-30′s-early-50′s) with a bit less innate goofiness than Matt Smith had. Hopefully the new Doctor will cause Moffat to change up his story telling with less timey wimey fixes to everything.

  • lizzie

    2 points
    1) the last doctor has to be ginger as he has always wanted to be.
    2)please bring the doctors daughter back ! (Jenny)

  • JasonMBryant

    Actually, all the Doctor said was that a Time Lord had been a woman. That’s no big deal, we have people now who change genders. It’s just that it’s something that takes a deliberate effort, not something that happens automatically. So that scene could easily be explained as regenerations always being the same gender, but Time Lords are capable of changing their gender if they want to.

    Really, the only thing that matters to me is the quality of the actor. I wasn’t thrilled that Matt Smith was so much younger than the previous Doctors, but he was clearly good in the role. If the best person for the job is different from previous Doctors in some other way, that’s fine.

    Just as long as the actor is British. I like British in my British icons.

  • dudepeel

    If by “Black Doctor” you mean IDRIS ELBA, then yes!

  • Jason

    One name. Hugh Laurie.

  • Sweet Xmas

    I wish the new actors would stick around for at least 5 seasons or series. Just when I was getting comfortable – BOOM – new Doctor again. I hope they continue to go with a younger Doctor. It never made sense to me that a Time Lord would regenerate into an older version than the previous incarnation. My only exception would be John Hurt, because he’s such a cool actor.

  • JasonMBryant

    I think three seasons is a little quick and four seasons is a good number. However, I think the fact that people get comfortable after a few season with one Doctor is actually a very good reason why they *should* change Doctors sooner rather than later.

    Peter Davison had a hard time coming after Tom Baker. Baker had defined the character for so long that the writers didn’t want to put any humor in the show so they could separate it from Baker’s version. Davison said he had to fight to get any jokes in at all.

    It’s hard to follow an actor who did the role so long, viewers have started to strongly identify him with the role.

  • dekko

    I don’t think they should diversify for diversity’s sake, but I hope their casting considerations are open to all potentially good actors regardless of race or gender.

  • Andrew Breneman

    Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!
    Matt Smith has been truly great and awesomely inspiring to watch.

    Now you know what Happens veteran whovians, the “wish he would be replaced” Doctor shall now become the “I remember when X played the Doctor.” Doctor.

  • Peter

    Oh that would be so great, you brits get to see a “comedic” actor stretch while we yanks get to see a “dramatic” actor stretch. Plus most if us would think his english accent is spot on, finally a good old american playing a brit role.
    All joking aside, I think Hugh Laurie would be a very good choice though.

  • JasonMBryant

    Actually, I’m sure there would be Americans complaining about how fake his British accent sounds. I’ve seen it with another British actor.

  • capitandelespacio

    A Kevin Bacon doctor.

  • capitandelespacio

    A horse doctor!

  • nik

    who cares what color/gender The Doctor is as long as they’re good? That’s all I care about.

  • Veber

    Yes!!! A female Asian Doctor! And ginger at last!

  • kidlantern67

    Why not?

  • kidlantern67

    I like all three suggestions.

  • Rob

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! nice

  • capitandelespacio

    A transexual lesbian asian afro american horse doctor!

  • Radam

    Regardless of actors, I’m more concerned with how close we are to the end of the Doctor’s lifespan and Doctor Who.

  • carbonickid

    Ummmm, I think we have it. The Doctor should regenerate as Poirot!

  • mike85

    Richard Ayoade would be a better fit for the Doctor than Idris Elba.

  • mike85

    I would love for Richard Ayoade to be next Doctor!

  • mike85

    Ha good suggestions and to boot the Doctor would finally get to be ginger too :)

  • Crowingaboutscifi

    I think it’s about time that BBC increases their actors contracts….getting kinda’ tired of the continual change of doctors…it’s only been what, three seasons? Can’t an actor last more than that?

  • GentlemanBlue

    Only in Doctor Who do fans get annoyed because a character stays the same race and gender.
    Although frankly, as many people have said, I don’t really mind as long as he’s British. And if they made him American, I would probably stop watching the show

  • TheGentleman

    About as far as you can get. I strongly doubt they’ll EVER kill off the Doctor.