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Steven Moffatt Confirms Matt Smith Is Officially The Thirteenth Doctor

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12/10/2013 9:48 am
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Steven Moffatt Confirms Matt Smith Is Officially The Thirteenth Doctor
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Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer

You’ve heard the rumors, you’ve read the theorists’ threads, and now the truth is out! Steven Moffat, head writer for the popular British sci fi adventure, Doctor Who, has confirmed that Matt Smith is officially the Thirteenth Doctor. Smith, commonly known as the Eleventh Doctor, was bumped to the thirteenth regeneration slot when the War Doctor (John Hurt) was confirmed as a true incarnation, and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) absorbed a regeneration during “The Stolen Earth” (2008). Moffat was interviewed on Radio Times, confirming the news that fans had been debating for years. "We'll find out [in the Christmas special] that Matt Smith is actually the 13th Doctor. Although everyone knows that the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times. "That 12 times limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology - and science fiction is all about rules, right? So if the Doctor can never change again, what's Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas Special?" Happy Christmas to us, Whovians! In the same interview, Moffat also addressed the regeneration limit for our beloved Time Lord. This limit was first introduced in “The Deadly Assassin” (1976). This limit makes the Doctor a finite being—bringing him closer to the humans that he protects. "[The eighth Doctor] Paul McGann turns into John Hurt so they're not the same incarnation," he said. "He used up another regeneration and I expect he'll be in trouble shortly." The Doctor Who Christmas Special, “The Time of the Doctor” will air on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 7.30pm on BBC One.  Check local listings for show times. This will be followed by the eighth series—which, Moffat confirms, will not be split!


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