Published on November 5th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
Recently, there have been rumblings all over the grapevine that Matt Smith might be thinking about hanging up his bow tie, leaving Doctor Who and heading to America for other acting roles.
But that’s all hearsay and conjecture; nothing has been confirmed or announced. We’ve definitely got Smithy until at least 2013 which will take us up to the fiftieth anniversary of the show.
But beyond that, what will happen to the Eleventh Doctor? Matt has certainly put a very unique stamp all over Doctor Who; his portrayal of the character is unique, brilliant and a wonder to watch on a Saturday night. But will we be saying goodbye to the actor once the big 5-0 has hit the show? It’s difficult to know.
The average television life span for a Doctor is normally three years (three have had longer, three have had less) Patrick Troughton even offered Peter Davison the advice that that was a good period to stay with the show for. And we all know that Matt Smith is a Patrick Troughton fan!
Realistically, no one can tell when Matt will go – it’s his decision and he will announce it when he’s ready. But it does make you think about how much he will be missed when he eventually does leave the role. Yes, it’s too early to start talking about issues like this and yes, there’s not much point to speculating as opposed to just enjoying the Eleventh Doctor whilst we still have him but whoever follows Matt’s Doctor will have to put on one hell of a show to make us forget him. This really shows what a great actor Matt Smith is. Two years ago, many fans were venting their frustration that they did not think Smith would be able to follow in David Tennant’s footsteps and now to many people, the Eleventh Doctor is their Doctor.
Smith will leave the role of the Doctor one day, he’ll explode in a burst of energy and a new actor will take his place but Doctor number eleven will never, ever be forgotten.