TV News: BBC About to Announce Matt Smith's DOCTOR WHO Departure? [Updated] With Confimation...

Written by J. R. Southall Saturday, 01 June 2013

TV News


The news that many Doctor Who fans have dreaded and even more will welcome with open arms wasn’t announced today, and neither was Matt Smith’s departure from the series. But apparently it will be shortly after midnight – or possibly earlier, depending upon where you live (the news has already gone to press and should appear on the front of tomorrow’s Sunday Times, available in the capital later this evening).

Yup, it turns out that Steven Moffat is still in charge of the show (at least for now), but that his Doctor will no longer be Matt Smith.

Rumours that Smith would shortly be off began circulating soon after he arrived in America to shoot the film How to Catch a Monster, particularly when photos began to escape the set, showing Smith with a shaved head of no hair. How could he possibly grow that back in time to resume filming on Doctor Who in the autumn, people asked. And the truth is, even though it has been averred that Smith would be in the Christmas special, that might have been Smith playing fast and loose with the truth.

It’s certainly possible that Smith’s final appearance could be at Christmas, but with the temptation to make the festive episode the next incarnation’s debut – and thus be able to use the title Twelfth Night – and the fact that anything after the anniversary episode is going to look like an anti-climax for Smith, it seems more likely his Doctor Who days are over already.

Shame, Matt Smith has been an extraordinary eleventh Doctor. But his four years in the role have equalled those of any since Tom Baker, and undoubtedly it’s time to move on.

[Update I]

The Telegraph are confirming Smith's final appearance as The Doctor will indeed be this year's Christmas Special:

"Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke," Smith tells The Telegraph, "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."

"Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me,” says Steven Moffat, “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."

For more of The Telegraph's story, go HERE.

[Update II]

To read the BBC's official announcement, go HERE.

DOCTOR WHO will return to screens on November 23rd with a 50th Anniversary Special.

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0 #8 weenie 2013-06-02 19:54
Gutted about Smith leaving!
0 #7 kev gladok 2013-06-02 13:56
feel a bit sad about it as matt was just getting to grips with the role , shame he was a bit dominated by moffatt ,whom i suspect is a right controlling small minded scottish bastard ,no offence
+1 #6 J. R. Southall 2013-06-02 07:47
Quoting michael loughlin:
A little harsh stating that more fans will welcome the news than not.

Hi Michael: that bit was referring to "Yup, it turns out that Steven Moffat is still in charge of the show" that followed at the start of para 2.

Not that I agree; I'm of the minority that have liked both Moffat AND Smith.
+1 #5 r main 2013-06-02 00:56
well rumours abound... leaked emails, bbc in disarray, Matt Smith resigned months ago and Ben Daniels signed on for the part... It's a shame we can't just enjoy tv now we have to live it like some celebrity get me out of here. The first time I saw Tom Baker was the first I really knew about him and that was fine and where the magic came from x
0 #4 Alex 2013-06-01 22:55
The problem hasn't been Matt Smith its been the rubbish scripts he's been given. Apart from the last few stories they've been mostly pretty abysmal affairs. Amy was underused, what was the point of Rory? Moffat is a good writer, but show runner? No.
Seems we let Brit sci-fi off with a lot whereas if it was American it would be lambasted.
Both Being human and Misfits last series were utterly risible.
+1 #3 michael loughlin 2013-06-01 22:01
A little harsh stating that more fans will welcome the news than not. I enjoyed his playing of the role , in spite of IMO less than stellar episodes. Guess I am in the minority
+2 #2 J. R. Southall 2013-06-01 19:38
I have a feeling Smith is done shooting already, and the regeneration will come in the anniversary episode.
+6 #1 Paul Mount 2013-06-01 19:35
I've never felt that Matt's had a fair crack of the whip , hampered by this 'madman in a box' nonsense Moffat lumbered him with and his resulting constantly-wacky playing of the Doctor which never gave him a chance to really shine. Oh well...

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