In light of the BBC confirming that Matt Smith is to quit his role as the current Time Lord in Doctor Who, his new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman has revealed that she will find it “very difficult” to say goodbye to him.
As fans of the hit BBC family entertainment sci-fi show will know, the BBC announced Smith’s departure, causing a flurry of fans and industry experts to start placing bets on who will take his place.
But, whilst the rest of the world is looking forward to who will be revealed as the next Doctor Who this Christmas , Coleman, who joined the cast as Clara Oswald during last year’s Christmas special, is having a hard time letting go of the past.
Discussing the new with Digital Spy, the former Emmerdale actress revealed:
“I could not have imagined coming into the show without Matt as my Doctor, holding my hand, really, quite literally. I totally lucked-out in having a creative, generous, clever, and lovely fella to work alongside day after day,
“I feel so privileged to have been part of Matt’s reign, to have to been companion to what is and what I think always will be one of our greatest Doctors.
“He is so in love with the show, he works tirelessly hard, surprises me every day, always creating and discovering something new about the Doctor. A true gent, a leading man and a very special friend.
“I know it will be a very difficult goodbye for me, but I for one can’t wait to see where his career takes him next.
“Of course with the same welcome I was brought in with, I look forward to welcoming the next Doctor. But it’s not over ’til it’s over. See ya at the big 5-0!”
At the time of the announcement Smith, who recently revealed that he will be focussing on his directorial career, described his Doctor Who as experience as “an honour”, adding that it had been the “most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke”.
Watch an interview with Matt Smith in the clip below: