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Published on October 29th, 2011 | by Scott Varnham

Matt Smith Not Leaving After All?

Matt Smith has used an interview with What’s On TV to reveal what he thinks is the scariest Doctor Who enemy. Surprising nobody, he’s said it was the Silence. He says:

What is wonderful is that they toy with your psyche. They mess with what you know and don’t know and what you can and can’t remember – they can influence your mind. They look horrendous and are really mean. So if you’re under the age of 10, a good sofa to hide behind is essential [one is reminded of the famous Troughton quote "Hold Mummy's hand if she's frightened"].

One assumes that as soon as Steven Moffat needs a new monster to promote, Smith’s opinions will suddenly change on which is the scariest, particularly as I’m sure I heard similar quotes from him in the run-up to the beginning of Series 6.

On the subject of similar quotes, the article leads in from the Silence quotes to generate more of a story by quoting a Press Association interview, in which the general impression is that he’s not going anywhere yet. He says of his work life

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. I feel very lucky. In the current climate for actors, I’d never say, ‘This is too much’ – quite the opposite, in fact. I’d say, ‘Bring it on.’

Naturally, it all depends on your opinion of Matt Smith’s Doctor whether this news is welcomed, although as usual nobody is confirming anything, least of all whether Smith is staying on past a year from now as he claimed last week. Only time, a Tweet from the Moff himself or a leaked press release will tell.


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4 Responses to Matt Smith Not Leaving After All?

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    He aint going anywhere yet. It would be odd indeed if he left before the fiftieth anniversary.
    I am sure the BBc would have done all in their power to keep him there until at least that moment.
    Maybe he will regenerate in a major birthday episode in front of all his previous incarnations….and then he can go…
    (just off on a little fantasy there………)

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Kind of a non-story—again, smith *is under contract for another series* and it’s no stretch of the imagination to realize that he’ll stay for the big anniversary that would be coming only months later yet would probably be filmed a lot sooner. Even at his earliest opportunity to be *able* to quit, it wouldn’t be for well over another year.

  3. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    He is signed up for the 50th anniversary, that news has been on here.
    Also his favorite monsters have been the weeping Angels and the Silent. I would probably agree with him about the silent for NUwho aliens being the scariest.
    I hope he stays for a good while yet, under his Doctor ship ratings are higher than 2005, only Tennants last full series is higher at the moment.

  4. avatar STLShawn says:

    Ian, i still think the ratings thing is a scam (i watch everything delayed in one way or another, i haven’t watched “live TV” in years, but i record worlds more than i did in 2008). I think percentages would be better than numbers, but then it will lean toward the older people that do still watch “live TV” more than recorded or online.

    Annnnnnyway, what was i commenting on,,,,, Oh yeah, the suprising Matt Smith. Well, i didn’t hold out much hope when i saw his “announcement” thing,,,, but,,, well,, he really really did the job. I like his Doctor quite a bit.

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