Matt Smith has filmed his last scenes as the Doctor, as shooting concluded over the weekend for the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special.
The news came in a tweet from producer Marcus Wilson, also leaving the series:
“So it’s goodnight from me, and it’s goodnight from him. That’s a wrap. Christmas 2013. Thank you all.”
There wasn’t exactly a lot of time to mark the occasion as Matt has gone straight into rehearsals for the role of Patrick Bateman in a musical version of American Psycho. The show will run at London’s Almeida Theatre from December, and tickets apparently sold out almost entirely within hours of his involvement being announced.
We don’t have Doctor Who Confidential anymore to capture these moments for us, but surely cameras will have recorded Matt handing over to Peter Capaldi for a behind the scenes feature for a DVD extra or website making-of.
One wonders how Matt would have been feeling on his last day. The memorable Confidential footage of David Tennant’s final day showed him struggling but just about managing to keep it together as he said his goodbyes. Going further back, Elisabeth Sladen recounted in her autobiography how filming the regeneration was a ‘cold affair’, with Jon Pertwee refusing to be in the same room as Tom Baker. Somehow I suspect the Eleventh Doctor would have been rather more upbeat!
(Via Digital Spy.)