In and amongst the rumours surrounding when exactly Matt Smith would leave the role of the Doctor, one fan wish was that the Eleventh Doctor would regenerate as part of the shows fiftieth anniversary.
However in an interview with the Radio Times Matt seemed to confirm that the celebrations were unlikely to feature a regeneration; giving the strongest indication yet that he would be staying beyond 2013:
“We want to make [the anniversary] as big and bold and as brilliant as we can because, we hope, it can be one of the monumental bits of TV history…But I doubt there’ll be a regeneration.”
Recently, at the BFI screening of Asylum of the Daleks Matt scotched rumours that he had signed an extension to his existing contract:
“I don’t know where this talk of the 2014 contract came from… I haven’t signed anything new.”
So even with Matt’s doubts about any potential regeneration - which you could argue would take the focus away from celebrating the show and on to speculation on who would fill the role of the Doctor – it follows that if there isn’t a regeneration scene in 2013 then he must still be in the role come 2014.
However, Matt knows just what a tease Moffat is:
“Steven will tease you all right to the end. Because that’s what he does to me.”
With one eye on the immediate future Moffat recently told Digital Spy that the anniversary celebrations would be “huge”, but added that fans will have plenty to look forward to before 2013.
“We’ve got an awful lot of stuff to announce before that…We don’t aim to have one event, over a year in the future – we want to make Doctor Who an event every single week. And we’re going to pull that off, so… patience!”