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Published on October 21st, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Matt Smith: One More Year?

The Doctor Who News Page has reported that series star Matt Smith has potentially let slip how much longer he has left in the role of the Time Lord adventurer during an interview with VH1.

Matt is currently in the USA on a part holiday, part promotional tour and has already appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in the past few days.

Speaking to VH1, Matt was asked when he planned on moving to Hollywood – and this is when fans of the Eleventh Doctor might start to get a little upset…

When are we going to have you?
Well, hopefully soon, you know. I’ve got another year of Doctor Who, but then I’m certainly going to come and give it a shot, come and hang out in LA… as you say, people like Andy [Garfield] have come over, and he’s a mate of mine. I’m very proud to see him doing Spider-Man, ’cause we did a play together, and, you know, Spider-Man now. It’s incredible. And he’ll be brilliant, he’ll be so brilliant.

Are you friends with the, kind of, Brit Pack in Hollywood?”
Yeah, yeah, I’ve got British friends here, people like Andy. I don’t know Carey [Mulligan] or Robert, but I’ve got a lot of British friends here that are doing very well and loving living over here as well, which is very interesting.

Obviously we don’t know what the situation with Series 7 is in terms of broadcasting, but this could potentially mean that Matt won’t be the Doctor come the 50th anniversary. This seems unlikely to us, and either confirms that Series 7 will be split over 2012 and 2013 or that the 2013 anniversary special will be a separate affair either as a production, in the TV schedules, or both…

(Via Doctor Who News Page)


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

5 Responses to Matt Smith: One More Year?

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    Or it could be that he hasn’t made a decision yet. It sounds like he could be waiting till he has completed the next season of Who before committing himself.
    Lets hope he sticks around at least until the BIG anniversary before leaving…

  2. avatar Field357 says:

    I believe he has one more year on his contract. If I were his agent I would encourage him to causual mention he might be up to do other things besides DW so when it came to negoiating his contract he could be up for (a well deserved) increase in pay.

  3. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    He is under contract for a third series but with the BBC wasting time and delaying things, by the time his third series is over, he’ll have been the Doctor for almost 4 years and I’d be surprised if he *didn’t* leave. They’ll probably shoot the big anniversary special/regeneration right after the regular series. If not, I’m certain he’d come back for the celebration but it seems to me that for a possible gathering of Doctors, big celebration, etc., it should probably end with a regeneration and add a 12th Doctor to the mix.

  4. avatar Anthony says:

    To my mind, its like this: series 7 will have two halves, the first in 2012, the second in 2013. Matt Smith will do one more “year” as the Doctor – i.e., the 2012 half of series 7 – and regenerate at the half-way mark of series 7. The second half of series 7 – 2013, the 50th anniversary series – will commence with a new Doctor. At least, that’s what I think. Moffat like to throw out the usual timings for things.

  5. avatar Timelord says:

    After Tennant, it was very painful to like the new Doctor.
    Now we love him overall, it’s not very bright to let him regenerate already.

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