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Published on December 12th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Matt’s Going Nowhere… Yet

In the on-going saga of ‘should he stay or should he go’ there’s been one potential victim from the fallout that we’ve not considered; it’s not Steven Moffat, it’s not us the fans, no, it’s Matt Smith’s dear old mum!

 Matt Smith as the Doctor in 2011's The Impossible Astronaut

Matt’s not ‘keeping mum’ anymore, no; speaking to Bang Showbiz (via The List) he’s revealed that he ‘hopes’ to be around for the next Christmas Special:

“We’ve got Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary coming up in November 2013, and one assumes there’ll be another Christmas special after that, and I’d hope to be part of it. I take each year as it comes. All good things come to an end, but my mum is aghast at the thought of me ever not being the Doctor. The show is the star and will continue without me.”

It’s not a confirmation but ‘hope’ implies that there have indeed been positive motions towards Matt staying on longer than his current contract which runs out next year but as we all know hope is a dangerous thing. Hope, hope can drive a fan insane…

In the meantime, he has again reiterated his commitment to the show:

“I’m committed to it next year and will sit down with Steven Moffat and see where we go from there. I’ve no immediate plans to leave. I’m around for a whole year and that’s a long time.”

I think you (and Matt’s old ma) will agree these are encouraging signs. Maybe hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things… and no good thing ever truly dies.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

One Response to Matt’s Going Nowhere… Yet

  1. avatar Spaceman says:

    This is one of things about Who that bugs me the most. The question, when is an actor who plays the Doctor is leaving. As though, him going is the most important thing, not saying the article above is about that, quite the reverse. But, then there’s all the conflicting statements.

    I could have sworn that Matt is staying for series 8 in 2014 in an article on this website Titled Matt Smith Two More Years dated August 12th 2012

    “Matt Smith has confirmed what many fans had hoped; that he’ll be in piloting the TARDIS until at least 2014 – and he’s also described some of the concepts for Series 8 as ‘brilliant’.

    Speaking to Digital Spy (via MTV News) Matt let slip that Steven Moffat has already divulged just what’s happening in the as yet unwritten episodes:

    “It hasn’t been written yet but the idea is as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven. So there’s a lot to look forward to.”

    If nobody knows for certain. Don’t say anything. If you do and want to hold fire for now. Don’t say anything. You never got this with the classic series, as far as I recall. It seems that the tabloids, now there’s a monster name. They’re only interested in the scoop of we were the first to say Matt’s leaving. And that Joe Bloggs is taking over. My advice shut up and enjoy the ride that is Doctor Who.

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