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article imageMatt Smith's 'Farewell' to Doctor Who (VIDEO)

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 12, 2014 in Entertainment
In a specially released video, actor Matt Smith thanked fans for their support of him as the Doctor in the BBC's long-running science-fiction series.
Last year, shortly after it was announced that Smith was leaving Doctor Who, the actor recorded a "Thank-you" video in Detroit, having taken time out from his Who schedule to film scenes for How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut from Hollywood star Ryan Gosling.
The new two-minute video clip (see above), has been released ahead of a new documentary, Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith, which will be screened on UKTV Watch later this month.
In the video, Smith says, "It never really grows old. I know it won't last forever, so I try and live in the moment."
The retrospective, which is described by Watch as "a fond look back at Smith's time on the sci-fi series," will be narrated by Smith's Doctor Who co-star Alex Kingston, who plays Professor River Song in the 50-year-old show.
As reported by Digital Spy, the documentary will include highlights "from [Smith's] four-year journey in the TARDIS [...] intertwined with anecdotes from [the actor] and his predecessor [Tenth Doctor] David Tennant." Other Doctor Who cast members, writers, producers and celebrity fans of the series will also appear.
Smith's portrayal of the Doctor has made him one of the most popular actors to have inhabited the role since the series began over five decades ago, on Saturday, November 23, 1963. In December, Watch dedicated a whole day of programming to his tenure, reliving many of the highlights of the show's previous four years. The retrospective followed the TV channel’s successful conclusion, the previous month, of an 11-part award-winning American documentary series, with The Doctors Revisited: The Eleventh Doctor.
Matt Smith — who is known as the Eleventh Doctor but is in fact the thirteenth incarnation of the Time Lord — began his tenure as the Doctor on New Year's Day 2010, in The Eleventh Hour; and made his last appearance as the Doctor in the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor. His successor, Peter Capaldi, is, in effect, the Fourteenth incarnation of the Time Lord, even though he is to be known as the Twelfth Doctor.
The Doctor (Smith) and Clara (Coleman) in the  Doctor Who  episode  The Bells Of Saint John
The Doctor (Smith) and Clara (Coleman) in the "Doctor Who' episode "The Bells Of Saint John"
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The 31-year-old actor — who was just 26 when first cast in the role — was the third actor to have take on the part since Doctor Who returned to television screens in 2005; following Christopher Eccleston (who will soon be seen in Damon Lindelof's HBO Rapture series The Leftovers) and Tennant (currently in America, filming Gracepoint, the US version of Chris Chibnall's Broadchurch).
Doctor Who celebrated its Golden Anniversary in 2013, which included the record-breaking world simulcast of the 50th-anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, which brought together, in various ways, all the incarnations of the Doctor, specifically featuring the Daleks, Smith, Tennant, John Hurt (the War Doctor), Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor/the Curator) and a very brief appearance of Capaldi.
Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith is set to be broadcast in the UK on Watch, at 5 p.m., on Friday, April 18.
Capaldi's first full series (and a Christmas special) as the Doctor is due to air on BBC One in the UK, BBC America in the US and other territories, later in the year.
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