The Whoverse are sitting with baited breath waiting to discover just who John Hurt really is, and just how will David Tennant and Billie Piper return in the 50thanniversary special, however now there is a new question on their lips. Who will be the 12th doctor.
That’s right, Matt Smith will NOT be returning as the Doctor following the Christmas Special. The 28 year old actor, has called playing the Doctor “as an honour”.
Smith, who replaced David Tennant as the Doctor in 2010 has also said “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.” He has also paid tribute to showrunner Steven Moffat saying “It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.”
It is currently unclear who will replace Smith as the newest incarnation of the renegade Time Lord, however, Jenna Louise Coleman ,who plays the Doctor’s current companion Clara, will be staying on to ease the fans and the new actor into the role of a lifetime.
In the statement released, Smith has paid tribute to the fans of the show; ”The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable.”
Favourites for the new Doctor include Homeland star Damien Lewis and fan favourite David Tennant unlikely unless we get a reverse regeneration but this is Doctor Who, and anything is feasible.
Steven Moffatt who will be staying on as showrunner for the upcoming 8th season, has thanked Matt Smith for his time as the Doctor, who at 26 was the youngest actor to ever play the Time Lord, saying
"Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next.
"The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently.
"And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show,he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing.
"Whatever we threw at him - sometimes literally - his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor.
"But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt - bow ties were never cooler.
"Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now - all unknowing, just going about their business - is someone who’s about to become the Doctor.
"A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again. After 50 years, that’s still so exciting."
So let the months of speculation begin, however, it may be someone no one thinks of as was the case when Smith took over from Tennant in 2010, however it remains to be seen whether we will know who will be playing the 12th Doctor at the very end of the Christmas episode as happened when Tennant took over from Ecclestone.
So thank you, Matt Smith, for making Fez hats and bowties cool again.