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Published on June 2nd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Matt Smith Departure ReaktionKast!

Kasterborous Doctor Who podKastWOW! What a weekend.

Regular listeners to the Kasterborous podKast (with a “K) might have been expecting The John Hurt PodKast this week, but thanks to a leaked memo forcing the BBC’s hand over the past couple of days, we’re putting that podKast back a week to discuss the shock news of Matt Smith’s departure from Doctor Who.

That’s right, the popular Eleventh Doctor is close to the end, even if it may not be at Trenzalore, and this week’s hosts James McLean and Christian Cawley have plenty to muse over.

To start off with, there’s Matt Smith’s recent haircut and the potential continuity issues this might bring. There’s the possibility of female Doctors and young Doctors, older actors and even – for the brave among you – the reformatting of the show, 1970-style, into running with an ensemble cast.

As you’ll hear, Steven Moffat (if he’s staying around…) has plenty of ways in which to refresh things for the new Doctor.

Useful links for this week’s podKast:

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Oh and finally – a big hello to our listener, Don from Philly!


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About the Author


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

8 Responses to Matt Smith Departure ReaktionKast!

  1. avatar Terry Cooper says:

    I still have strong feelings that Adrian Lester has a good chance. My reasons and ‘evidence’ are here:

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Good show guys. I wasn’t ever really a fan of Primeval, but I’m intrigued by the Ben Miller speculation. I may have to go watch some Death in Paradise to get a gauge on him.

  3. avatar lozzer says:

    The voices of reason amongst Doctor Who fandom – thank god you’re there guys.

  4. avatar callinton says:


  5. avatar TimeChaser says:

    On the possibility that they might go with an unknown again… If Moffat is able to go his original route this time and get an actor in his 40s, its will probably be someone who already has an established CV of other roles, because how many actors in their 40s are still ‘relatively unknown’.

    • avatar lozzer says:

      You’d be surprised – I’m an agent for actors and there are a lot of actors in that age group. I don’t think it will be someone who is completely unknown, it would be too big a gamble and they wouldn’t even get seen unless they had proven pedigree. It will probably be an actor who has worked steadily in theatre and has had several roles in TV and film – unknown to the average Joe, but respected within their field. It’s hard to get anyone in an audition for roles without a good CV. I personally think they’ll go with a name this time – the show needs to be on steady feet.

  6. avatar Jon Roberts says:

    Its odd you mentioning Ben Miller’s name in the podkast, he was one of the people I had in mind for the Doctor when DT was leaving the role.
    He can do Drama and comedy, always a good combination for somebody playing the Doctor.

  7. Matt has been amazing, his era just seemed to pass too quickly. Maybe it will feel more “balanced” by the time of the Xmas special though another series of Eleven and Clara would’ve been wicked…sigh **

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