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’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.