Rumour has been rife for months now that Doctor Who star Matt Smith will be leaving the show, but of course, in a to-and-fro in the media, it’s been denied then rumoured anew…
But today, The Sun exclusively reports that Matt – who’s played the Doctor for four years –has indeed quit the role and will leave the show during this year’s Christmas special.
We’ll therefore see the Doctor regenerate into the 12th Time Lord, but of course, the big question is, who’s going to take over from Matt?
More on that in a moment, but first, as to why Matt’s leaving the show, the paper states, “The actor has made no bones about his ambition to crack Hollywood and has filmed new movie How To Catch A Monster with Ryan Gosling, which is released next year.”
Apparently, Matt’s contract expires in November, and he’s told the show’s executives that he won’t be renewing it.
However, during an appearance on Jonathan Ross’ chat show last week, Matt didn’t mention his departure from the show, saying instead, “I am very happy doing it. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special.
“At the moment it’s 2013 and we will see what 2014 holds.”
A show insider said, “Matt has told bosses he wants to bow out at Christmas.”
And last night, the BBC said in a statement, “Sorry folks but even we don’t know what’s going to happen at Christmas. It’s not been written yet!
“But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday.”
So on now to who’s set to replace Matt, and the paper reports BBC bosses “already have someone in mind” to become the new Doctor…
TV Biz then suggests that Sherlock and Parade’s End star Benedict Cumberbatch could be in line to replace Matt on the show. Also on the list of possible candidates are actress Helen Mirren and actors Alex Jennings, Rory Kinnear and David Harewood.
Who would you like to see as the new Doctor? And do you think the 12th incarnation of the classic character should be a woman?
And finally, are you sad that Matt’s going?
Here’s a look at what we now know will be Matt’s last series…