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Published on February 1st, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Matt: I Won’t Beat Tom

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed his innermost thoughts on his future with the show, indicating that he isn’t planning to beat Fourth Doctor actor Tom Baker’s longevity as the Time Lord.

For certain fans, this comes as a bit of a surprise. After all, we’ve been waiting for someone to actively match Tom Baker’s long relationship with the role since 1981. Even if Sylvester McCoy was officially the Doctor from 1987 to 1996, he was restricted to short runs and a death in Vancouver.

And as for the Eighth Doctor…

Still, it seems that Matt has an inkling that something is set to change with the show; perhaps he uttered the following with some knowledge of what is to come.

“I think there will need to be a younger, cooler person than me – or maybe an older, cooler person, who knows? But I don’t think I’ll be doing it as long as Mr Baker.”

Naturally, however, there was no real indication of when he will be hanging up his bow-tie.

“I just sort of take each year as it comes really. We’ve got all the rest of this year to get through and then we’ll just sit down and review it from there and see where it goes,” Matt said.

“But I love playing the part and I love working with (writer) Steven Moffat.”

Could this indicate that Matt fancies drawing a line under the Eleventh Doctor when Steven “The Grand Moff” Moffat moves on? Is this a clue that Moffat has a date in mind?

However, it’s not all bad news, particularly if you’re a young actor looking for a future in television. Matt Smith has hit on the formula of keeping on top of a busy shooting schedule.

“Fruit, vegetables, good sleep if you can and preparation is the key.”

(Via PA)


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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+.

2 Responses to Matt: I Won’t Beat Tom

  1. avatar Bob James says:

    I think everyone (or anyone who is) should just stop thinking and worrying about when Matt will depart, and just relish and enjoy that he’s HERE. We as Whovians have an exciting couple of years in store to look forward to, and I can’t stress the importance of “being in the moment” enough. The future will come when it comes, and I think Matt, Steven, and everyone involved in the production of Doctor Who have some awesome, incredible things in store for us. I’m sure it’s going to be quite a ride………

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Bob’s right. The second, the very *second* that a new actor steps into the role, fans start needlessly obsessing about when he’s leaving! No matter who it is, I assume 3 years and anything else is a wonderful bonus. At no point did I *ever* consider that Smith would stay for seven years. I’m glad he’s here now though and I’m enjoying his tenure.

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