A recent announcement has revealed that Matt Smith has been cast in the lead role of Ryan Gosling’s directional debut film, How to Catch a Monster. Is it the end for the Eleventh Doctor?
Co-starring with Christina Hendricks (Drive), who plays the lead role in the film, the story is ‘set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city’ and will see her character as a ‘single mother of two being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town’.
Now, while you might be interested in what part Matt is playing in the film, you’re more than likely more concerned with what his casting means. You might, for example, be thinking that if he has the time to make a movie, will he still be able to make Doctor Who?
The answer is, most probably, yes. But of course, we don’t know for certain.
The BBC ‘s scheduling for Doctor Who has been erratic at best for the past few years and the filming has taken place at different points throughout the years rather than in the regular six month block that it had when the show first came back. Perhaps the BBC in their infinite wisdom have decided to create more flexible filming months for Doctor Who in order to give their actors more time to work on other projects rather than turning them down. Filming for the fiftieth anniversary special will take place in April, then there’ll be a break and then work on the Christmas special and we can hopefully expect Series 8 to enter production later in the year.
This leaves more than enough time for Smith to pop to Hollywood and make a movie.
Let’s just hope they give him back…