Doctor Who’s Matt Smith promises that he isn’t leaving but will miss Karen Gillan

by Lisa McGarry

Doctor Who: Matt Smith wearing eyepatch

Matt Smith has promised fans that he won’t be leaving Doctor Who any time soon.

The 29 year old actor shot to fame when he took on the role of the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, replacing David Tennant back in 2010 and since then, fans have worried that he will do a Christopher Eccleston and move on swiftly.

Smith recently admitted that he would love to do more live acting, in the theatre, however appearing on Daybreak this week Matt promised fans that he isn’t planning his departure yet.

Smith said:

“It’s a thrill playing the part. I don’t want to give it up anytime soon,” Smith explained. “We have a whole season to make and a Christmas special as well, so I won’t be leaving any time soon.

“We’ll get this season out of the way and see where I’m at. I take it season by season and I take the job day by day because there’s no other way you can do it.”

However as previously reported, some stars will be leaving and on the departures of Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory), Smith said:

“It is sad for me, she’s a great friend, and creatively I have a really interesting relationship with her and Arthur, but the show is bigger than any of us.”

“It’s been going in 2013 for 50 years and it will continue way after me and so much of it is about change, and also you have to celebrate that and it’s about reinvention. And how wonderful that someone invented a concept where a show can change so much.”

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond in The Girl Who Waited

Pond stares enigmatically into the distance. "I think I left the iron on at home..."

Gillan won’t be resting on her laurels once she leaves the BBC series though and after recently starring as supermodel Jean Shrimpton in the BBC Four film, ‘We’ll Take Manhattan’, which told the story of Shrimpton’s relationship with the photographer David Bailey, she has also been cast as Brittney in a re-working of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet called Romeo & Brittney by David Baddiel.