We’re mere weeks away from Doctor Who returning to our screens for eight brand new episodes, and you’ll all have watched the new trailer 42 times (at least) by now and be suitably excited.
Whilst the public are all enjoying the first episodes that represent part of Doctor Who’s fiftieth birthday, the Doctor Who production team will be commencing the filming of the anniversary special which, again, we’re all suitably excited over.
But the thought running through everyone’s mind at the moment is whether we’ll have a regeneration in 2013; will the Eleventh Doctor truly fall at the Fields of Trenzalore?
Well, if Matt Smith’s cryptic answers on The Jonathan Ross Show are anything to go by, the answer could be “no”. Speaking with the chat show host, Smith talked about his future plans with Doctor Who, if only for this year at least:
I’ve got to be diplomatic…because if I give the whole game away I’ll be screwed. The thing is with Who, you’ll understand this more when you’ve watched it.
I go and I do the anniversary special, then I go away for a bit and then I come back and do the Christmas special. It’s one of those jobs that you have to take year by year, it’s ten months a year, it’s all-consuming.
So I don’t think you can plan five or six years ahead, or even two years ahead. It’s a year by year thing and at the moment it’s 2013 and we’ll see what 2014 holds.
So we can confirm that Smith will be back for the Christmas 2013 special, which would seem to indicate that he’ll hold the keys to the TARDIS until at least 2014.
However, Moffat always likes to defy public expectations and whilst we all may be expecting a big lead up to the regeneration of the Eleventh Doctor, with fair warning months in advance, and at least an entirely new run of thirteen more episodes to build up to the event, he may just kill the Doctor at Christmas.
Imagine the ratings!
But since Smith has confirmed that he’s very happy in the role for now, we can probably make a safe bet that we’ll get a full fourth series from the actor.
(If we were betting men. Which we’re not.)