Matt Smith Will Be Leaving Doctor Who

The news reached me by way of IO9. Matt Smith has announced that he will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year, after the Christmas special. You can read the full statement from Smith on the BBC web site, and more on the story on the BBC Doctor Who blog or in The Telegraph.

This is of course one of the things that makes Doctor Who at the same time so sad and so wonderful. It has presented us with a main character that we came to feel was irreplaceable, and then reinvented him with another actor who we started off thinking could never quite be the same – and yet time and again we have come to love the new regeneration, sometimes as much or even more than previous ones.

Is there any actor – or actress – that you would like to see take over the role next?

 

  • jrdkirk

    It’s not going to be the guy we saw at the end of the last episode?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I am pretty sure John Hurt will either play someone the Doctor was in the past – perhaps during the time war, perhaps before he left Gallifrey – or an anomaly produced when he regenerates the time after next (and thus the Valeyard).

  • Just Sayin’

    Couldn’t he leave a bit sooner?

  • cameronhorsburgh

    When the Tenth Doctor regenerated he was a little disappointed he wasn’t a ginger. My daughters have thus put their money on the twelfth Doctor (or however we’re going to have to count them—the possibility of other previous incarnations we haven’t seen yet just became much, much greater!) being Rupert Grint.

    Given the Doctor’s tendency to look younger every regeneration, he’s definitely the right age. He’s also the right gender, nationality and hair colour. If he is to become a she, then Emma Watson fits, for all the same reasons.

    It could make for some interesting ‘Two Doctor’ -type episodes. Last time those two crossed paths with David Tennant on screen things didn’t turn out so well for Mr Tennant.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Regenerating to someone even younger than the present Doctor would be interesting. I’ve heard fans of the classic show complain about Matt Smith being too young. Since my first Doctor was Peter Davison, it hasn’t bothered me.

      I wonder if I’ll get to meet Peter Davison at GenCon this year. I’m probably going to go – it will be my first time!

  • susanburns

    I don’t really know why, but I am against a female Doctor.

    • Pseudonym

      You’ve never seen The Curse of Fatal Death? Joanna Lumley was awesome.

      • susanburns

        The wiki says “Curse” was only televised in UK so I did not see it. Apparently, it was a special parody produced for charity. The plot finds the Doctor on a planet where the inhabitants went extinct when they discovered fire because their communication was via farting.

        • Pseudonym

          Yes. It was also the first episode written be Stephen Moffatt.

  • DT Braven-Giles

    I think it should be John Hurt. I thought Smith and Tennant were great, but I’m bored of the young and trendy Doctor. Someone closer in age to the first Doctor, William Hartnell, would be great this time.

  • Just Sayin’

    Since the producers seem to want young and over-sexed, I nominate Justin Beiber.

  • skinman

    Someone there on I09 suggested Peter Dinklage. He’s American which is something that would ordinarily bother me. But I think he would be a fantastic pick.

  • http://wildwoodchapel.wordpress.com/ Wildwood Chapel

    “It has presented us with a main character that we came to feel was irreplaceable, and then reinvented him with another actor who we started off thinking could never quite be the same – and yet time and again we have come to love the new regeneration, sometimes as much or even more than previous ones.”

    Sounds a bit like Christ theology, doesn’t it? He keeps changing to fit contemporary views and biases, with each generation stolidly claiming that *their* Jesus is the real one, and any different Jesus is an imposter.

    And yet, for progressive Christians, that fluidity is exactly what we espouse. As new knowledge and social needs become manifest, the living, risen Christ moves to embrace them. Only a dead Messiah never changes.

  • Just Sayin’

    Rumour has it that it’s going to be a woman. No doubt a young and over-sexed one, in line with the previous incumbent. In that case, I nominate Miley Cyrus.

    John Hurt would, of course, be perfect for the role. Which means he has no chance.

  • Pseudonym

    Bow ties suddenly became less cool.

    Nonetheless, I nominate Gemma Arterton. I know she seems to be doing the Hollywood thing at the moment, but I think she’d be awesome. Failing that, Aiden Turner.


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