Fans of Doctor Who may be saddened to hear that sources close to Matt Smith – who of course plays the Doctor – reckon that his days as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord are numbered as he’s headed to America to forge a career in the lucrative Hollywood movie business.
However, official sources say that Matt’s commitment to forthcoming film How to Catch a Monster was known before he even took on the part of the Doctor, and insist that it doesn’t herald the “beginning of the end” for Matt in the role.
The Daily Mirror reports that Matt recently said that he couldn’t see himself staying in the role of the Doctor as long as Tom Baker did – which was seven years – adding, “I don’t think you can sustain it…
“Tom Baker did it in different circumstances.
“I couldn’t do this for seven years. I’d be run into the ground.”
Matt of course joined the cast of Doctor Who in 2009.
Of Matt’s participation in How to Catch a Monster – which is directed by Ryan Gosling and stars Eva Mendes and Christina Hendricks – a Doctor Who spokesman said, “As in previous years Matt is taking advantage of a gap in the Doctor Who production schedule to take on another project.
“It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and Matt is committed to the show.
“He will be around for a while yet.”
In 2011, Matt first revealed his plans to work in Hollywood, telling the Mirror, “I’m going over to Los Angeles this week to dip my head in the pond.
“I am going to be having loads of meetings with film people and that sort of stuff.
“I have a lot of ambitions. I would like one day to direct and I just want to keep doing quality work. LA is kinda groovy – I really like it out there.”
So what do you reckon? Is it likely Matt will leave Doctor Who soon?
For now, here’s a reminder of Matt’s recent appearance on This Morning…