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Matt Smith is the star of Doctor Who

Chris Chibnall Denies Matt Smith will Appear in Broadchurch

Despite claims from the Mirror, Chris Chibnall has denied that Matt Smith will appear in follow-up season of the ITV mega hit Broadchurch.


The paper had quoted a ‘Broadchurch source’ saying that it was matter scheduling – with Chris apparently confirming the news with praiseworthy quotes about the departing Doctor:

“I’d love to work with Matt again, he’s absolutely brilliant. I’d ­absolutely work with him at the drop of a fez. Matt is a brilliant actor and he can effortlessly become an even bigger star than he is already. The thing is he’s transformative and brilliant I think it’s great he’s off doing this movie role as a little break.”

However, Chris has since taken to Twitter to rubbish the paper’s claims:

While he may be busy working on the second series of Broadchurch, Chris hasn’t ruled out a return to the Doctor Who fold:

“If we can get the schedules to work I will write for series eight, but obviously Broadchurch is my priority and that’s no small commitment. If their schedule and our schedule can work together then I’ll nip in and do one. Steven (Moffat) has asked and that’s very nice but it will just depend on the detail of schedules.”

Chibnall was one of the first writers to discuss Series 8, long before it was announced by the BBC.


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.

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