With ideas, notions and no end of speculation flying back and forth on just what form the fiftieth anniversary may take, one thing is certain; the Doctor Who crew are going to do something special to mark this momentous occasion and now, thanks to Matt Smith, we have an idea about when what they are planning to film will go in front of cameras.
Speaking to the Waikato Times (via Stuff.NZ), Matt hinted that filming on the special would take place in early 2013:
Nothing’s set in stone. I imagine there will be a script knocking around about Christmas and there we will develop further and shoot it next spring.
While not being draw on just what the cast and crew will be filming Matt did again address rumours of his eventual departure:
Shock horror. Everyone leaves eventually people. No I’m not leaving any time soon. You know I am coming back for the 50th anniversary. To suggest I am quitting now is wrong.
Something that is confirmed and already filmed is the departure of the Amy and Rory; an event that finds Matt in a philosophical mood:
It’s always going to be a sad event, but the show is pretty much about change and regeneration and looking forward and that’s what we do.
Perhaps, looking further afield to what impact his era may for future generations Matt also addresses the oft-criticised ‘scary’ nature of series six:
I met a four year old that watched it the other day and I asked what do you like about it and he said: ‘‘What I like about the Doctor is everywhere he goes he makes friends,’’ and I though what a lovely thing to say about him and it’s true, sort of.