The BBC announced today that the fields of Trenzalore were even more perilous than we’d realized. Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who after the 50th anniversary episode and the Christmas special. It sounds as though the Eleventh Doctor’s departure has already been planned if not filmed, but there is no word yet who might appear out of the regeneration light. Obviously, this turn of events has been being theorized thanks to the “prophecy” about the fall of the Eleventh and with the appearance of Trenzalore in the season finale. And more speculation is sure to begin both about who might be taking on the icon role and whether or not they will actually adhere to the old cannon of the Doctor only having 12 regenerations.
But let’s also take the time to toast Matt Smith with our fish fingers and custard, and to say thanks for the amazing run!
“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.
“I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.
“Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. 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.
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. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number 11, who I might add is not done yet – I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special.
“It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the Tardis for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”