There’s good news today for fans of Matt Smith, as he’s confirmed that he will continue in his role as Doctor Who until at least 2014.
Speaking to The Sun’s TV Biz, Matt explained that the show’s boss Steven Moffat didn’t have to do much to persuade him to stay with the “brilliant” show, adding that he’s been having great fun filming for the new series.
Matt also added that Steven is already working on another run of the show for 2013.
Of that, Matt said, “His first episode sounds great. It hasn’t been written yet but the idea is as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven.
“So there’s a lot to look forward to…
“When Steven was going to pitch the next season to me not long ago, he said, ‘Are you ready to cry?’”
Matt also revealed that he can’t wait to start filming for the Doctor’s 50th anniversary celebrations next year, which will be marked with a special made-for-television drama chronicling the show from its inception.
He said, “We want to do 50 years — and everyone that’s been associated with the show — justice.
“We want to go, ‘Look, world, here is Doctor Who. It’s 50 years old, a science-fiction show, still going and going from strength to strength’.
“Steven will do something brilliant. He’ll do something grand or maybe something very simple but he’ll come to it as a fan.
“He’ll go, ‘What would I want to see?’ ”
However, Matt also revealed that he initially struggled with the enormity of his workload in terms of filming for the show.
He said, “If you remember, when I took over, no one thought it would work. I was ‘too young’. David (Tennant) had come from a stellar era. I was unknown.
“For a month or two when I started I was like, ‘This is impossible. I can’t’ — just the pressure of it.
“Everyone was sort of going, ‘Go on, show us what you’ve got.’ I told myself, ‘If I can get through this I can get through anything’.”
Are you pleased to hear Matt will be sticking around?