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Steven Moffat's Fond Farewell to Matt Smith

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12/12/2013 11:38 am
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Steven Moffat's Fond Farewell to Matt Smith

Shelby Arnold

Staff Writer

“Now's the time for one last bow Like all your other selves, Eleven's hour is over now. The clock is striking Twelve.” The sound you hear is the resounding cry of sadness from all Whovians who call themselves fans of, not only Matt Smith, but of the eleventh Doctor as well. The time is drawing near for fan favorite Smith to hang up the bow tie and give way to a new face in the form of veteran actor Peter Capaldi. There is definitely an underlying excited tension crackling amongst the fandom while we mourn our big departure. One man joining in on the mourning is show-runner, Steven Moffat. Last month, Jenna Louise-Coleman, Moffat and Smith attended several panels for the fiftieth anniversary special, and on the last panel of the official Doctor Who on November 24th, Moffat gave an emotional speech and heartrending tribute to his departing lead actor. The tribute is in full below: "There's the fiction of it and the changeover of Doctors, which is moving at a fictional level, but I'm losing a really good friend. It's a very real and human thing. I'm sitting here knowing that this is the very last time that I'll ever be on a Doctor Who panel with Matt - and we have done so many. "We've had so many adventures… from the terrifying beginning when Matt had to go outside and say, 'Does anybody want me to sign anything?' and nobody knew who he was. In that first year, I had 'Not Russell' carved in my forehead and Matt had 'Not David' carved in his and everyone just thought we were idiots. "We just plodded around trying to make Doctor Who and people were saying, 'You're so not making Doctor Who!' - up to the moment where it hit and it became a huge thing. It is Matt's Doctor that has taken Doctor Who to the rest of the world - that is this man's achievement. Let's be clear about that. "There are occasionally - among sillier Doctor Who fans - attempts to say that [the show] is doing less well than it used to. Doctor Who has never ever come as close to doing as well as it is right now. So much of that is down to Matt. So much of it is the international appeal of this man - he is the Doctor. "Honestly, you can ask as many people as you like, dig as deep as you like - you will never ever find a negative story about Matt Smith. You simply will not. Everybody adores him. "He makes the crew work faster. Marcus Wilson [the producer] would always get him to the set quicker than he needed to, just 'cos Matt's presence gets everybody energised. He is tireless - not just in his performances, but with the extra demands of being a leading man, of being the company leader. He is so good at that and yet he works so hard at his own performance. "I will miss my friend [and] I will miss the most tireless and inventive actor I have ever worked with." Smith had his own tribute to not only his brilliant show-runner, but also to Coleman, who has played Clara Oswin Oswald in the back nine episodes of series seven, and it was clear he was just as emotional as his co-star (who has sung her praises for his final episode in the Mirror) and Moffat as well as the entire fandom who has supported him for his four year run. "I've been lucky," he explained. "Steven's my greatest friend in this industry as a result of having had four years with him and not only that... the brilliant mind that is The Moff... the imagination... think of the monsters he's brought us, the characters... just the constant invention that is wild and unabashed and breaking new ground the whole time. "I'm really sad, because you leave your best friends to go and do something else with people who aren't your best friends, which is annoying! You're like, 'You're not Jenna and Steven, ya weirdos!' "But thanks Moff and Jenna and everyone who's worked with me... and thanks to all [the fans] - it's been the best time. Thank you for having me." No, thank you, Smith for giving us all a brilliant Doctor and for truly bridging the gap between American and British fans as well as making bowties cool and the show a true cult classic. We will never, ever forget you. You can watch Smith's emotional farewell and Capaldi's heroic introduction in The Time of the Doctor airing on Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC America.


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