The Hollywood Reporter now has it that Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who at some point in season eight.

It’s big news for Doctor Who fans – especially with that whole regeneration things.

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,” said Smith. 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.”

It looks like the Doctor Who special that airs on November 23, 2013 will be his last.

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

When you have a chance to pick your jaw off the floor, use the comment section below to share your thoughts on this, and how you think it will (or won’t) change the nature of the show.

via THR and BBC


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  1. Evanna Lynch or Bonnie Wright or Matthew Lewis as the next Doctor please!

    (maybe too young but hey…)

  2. I’m not really surprised. It seems like 3 or 4 seasons is an average run of a Doctor. A few lasted longer, but it seems to otherwise be the usual length of an actor staying in the role.

  3. Somewhere after this broke last night, I read Smith would also be appearing in the Christmas Special, and that would be where he regenerates…I’ll try to find the link.

  4. I don’t trust this in the slightest. they did this a few years ago for Tenents Christmas special and the end of Tenents fourth session.

  5. I believe they said he is going to regenerate “in the Christmas special”. I hope that means Matt Smith will appear for the last time on Christmas, although that will make it a sad holiday for many DW fans…

  6. Is it me or does Moffat sound like what he really wants to do is have a star search reality show, “Britan’s got timelords” or “I’m a Gallafrian Get Me Out of Here”?

    • I’d actually watch that. Heck, I’d probably audition. I already have a few Time Lord traits: Aspirin can kill me, I’ve cheated death (back when I went through treatments for Leukemia), I’m a lot older than I look (I’m 33 and people think I’m 16), I have a very unique fashion sense AND I don’t I tend to confuse people when I talk (usually going in to a Doctor meets Grampa Simpson dialogue of randomness).

  7. The image you posted with your link to the trailer for “The World’s End” a week or so ago made me realize who I want as the 12th Doctor–Simon Peg and Nick Frost, with both of them dressed as they are in that image.

    I know, I know, but hear me out:

    So at the beginning of the Christmas Special, the Matt Smith Doctor (MSD) realizes that a future version of himself in an out of control Tardis is about to collide with his current self. Knowing that if the future Doctor dies here and not at Tranzalore it would disrupt the whole fabric of the universe, he helps the temporarily disabled future Tardis land within the control room of the current Tardis’s, though this mortally wounds the MSD, causing him to regenerate.

    Out of the future Tardis steps the future Simon Peg Doctor (SPD), who is hit by stray energy from the MSD’s regeneration and is forced into a clearly abnormal regeneration, becoming the Nick Frost Doctor (NFD). The MSD meanwhile regenerates into the present SPD. As this was all done using the energy of one regeneration, it makes them both the 12th doctor.

    Through the course of the Christmas special, the 12th Doctors work together to find out what caused this whole thing, Due to the way their regenerations were screwed up, neither Doctor can think especially clearly or remember specific things from their previous incarnations, leading to your typical Simon Peg and NIck Frost hijinks. In my mind Simon Peg would have much more common sense but would bluster a lot to hide the fact that he was really clueless, while Nick Frost would act in a more oafish manner but would be a savant with the science-y stuff.

    Eventually realizing that since they were both created due to a paradox and that neither of them are supposed to really exist, the 12th Doctors work together to fix the timeline, preventing their own creation. Unfortunately, whatever they have to do to save the timeline still mortally wounds the Matt Smith Doctor, and at the end of the episode he regenerates into whomever is going to be the real 12th Doctor.

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