Sigh Of Relief: Matt Smith Is Back In 2014
Don't get ready to say good-bye to this Time Lord just yet
by MICHAEL HINMAN, posted Apr-1-2013
Source: Radio Times
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Straighten that bowtie (they are cool, after all) because Matt Smith is returning as The Doctor in 2014.
Straighten that bowtie (they are cool, after all) because Matt Smith is returning as The
There was a lot of concern in the "Doctor Who" fan community that Matt Smith was going to hang up his sonic screwdriver after just three years in the Tardis.
But it seems that people were getting concerned a bit too early. That's because Smith has committed to return as The Doctor in 2014.
The news broke through Britain's Radio Times, quashing an overall belief that the 50th anniversary special in November would end with a Doctor regeneration and departure of Smith, the 11th actor to officially take on the role.
"I came back and put the costume on for the photo shoot" that day, Smith told the publication. "At the risk of sounding self-indulgent and cheesy, it really does make you want to go back and start shooting. I'm attached to the show for the next year, and I take it year by year. I think that's the only way you can take it."
This should mean that Smith is around for most if not all of Season 8, and that his future beyond that is still optimistic. While Smith has hinted about relocating to the United States and break into acting there, he has not seemed to be too ready to give up on "Doctor Who," which is still enjoying stellar ratings not just on BBC, but on BBC America as well.
Smith joined "Doctor Who" in 2010 in what some felt were some very tumultuous times. Not only had a popular actor, David Tennant, departed the series, but so did showrunner Russell T. Davies, the man responsible for resurrecting "Doctor Who" in the first place. It was a new Doctor, new companion, new approach -- yet audiences embraced all of it quickly, and Smith's version of The Doctor has established a very large fan following that could rival that of Tennant's.
Tennant himself has already been confirmed as a returning actor for the 50th anniversary special along with Billie Piper, who played Rose in the first two seasons of the modern era. However, it does seem highly unlikely that Christopher Eccleston, who played the ninth Doctor, is going to return, nor John Barrowman, who played popular companion Capt. Jack Harkness.
"Doctor Who" is currently airing the back half of Season 7 every Saturday night on BBC and BBC America.