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Published on October 8th, 2013 | by Jonathan Appleton

Matt Smith Films His Last Scene as The Doctor

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.)


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7 Responses to Matt Smith Films His Last Scene as The Doctor

  1. avatar Robert Cyberman says:

    I think would be awesome if Matt’s tenure ends as it started like the picture you’ve used above. Just because Amy’s not in it, doesn’t mean Amelia can’t be.

  2. avatar Al says:

    What we haven’t heard is whether Capaldi has filmed his part of the regeneration yet. Tennant filmed his changeover from Eccleston several months after Parting of the Ways wrapped, and there’s been no mention of Capaldi’s arrival on set (unlike when Matt Smith came in to film his handover, there was quite a bit of hoopla about it). Apparently the Musketeers series Capaldi is doing is either still in production or wrapped only recently, so it’s possible the guy might not have been available.

  3. avatar Guy Grist says:

    No I think Capaldi can in on the 3rd to do the regeneration scene.

  4. avatar Geoff says:

    So this means it’s all actually real now: it’s happened. Fact. I’m really looking forward to Mattts last show because he always throws everything into his performance. This ones gonna be big.

  5. avatar Dave Rudin says:

    Sounds like somebody’s a fan of The Two Ronnies! ;-)_

  6. avatar bmr says:

    Jus Unfortunately I have not seen alot of Matt Smith “s tenure in Dr. Who.. Being a big fan of the Original Dt Who Series from 1963 – 1989 the writing was better than alot of the writing in the New Who. There is a reason it ran for twenty seven years ! I would like to see original script for regeneration story and beyond. Hopefully it will improve and run another ternty seven years !

    • Twenty six years.


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