An interesting panel with Matt Smith at last weekend’s New Orleans Comic Con revealed multiple versions of his final Doctor Who scenes were recorded…
The Time of the Doctor was notable for its aging of the Eleventh Doctor, as well as the return of Amy Pond )in the Time Lord’s first trippy regeneration sequence since 1984) and a quite sudden metamorphosis into his twelfth self (without getting into issues of numeracy!).
I thought that one the real moments – I was really pleased when Amy Pond came back into it, I thought that was really nice.
But for me, as an actor, being really honest with you, I did loads of really different takes. So I was quite surprised to see that was the take they used, cause I didn’t think – I thought that they might use something else, because we did a lot of different takes and we did a lot of different versions of that ending, and a lot of them were really troubling, and I quite liked them.
I’m going to get in trouble now from them, “Why are you talking about Doctor Who when you’ve left?” So, but you know, that’s what they went in [inaudible] and it’s sort of interesting, so yeah.
What is particularly interesting about this is that it chimes in with several things we’d previously heard:
- That the Doctor would die as an old man, only for a “new man” to appear but not as a regeneration.
- The Doctor would regenerate as an old man, on the clock tower. BOOM. Then Clara returns to the TARDIS, where Twelve is waiting.
- Another rumour suggested that the explosion of regenerative energy would blast the Doctor off the clock tower, and when Clara find the body, up sat Twelve.
From what Matt said at the convention, it sounds as though a lot of endings were considered and recorded in different takes, but perhaps ultimately it was thought that without a proper regeneration it might not have been as memorable, or accepted by younger viewers.
(With thanks to Daren)