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article imageMatt Smith interested in third year as Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 17, 2010 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Matt Smith has revealed that he is interested in playing the Gallifreyan Time Lord for a third year in the BBC's long-running science-fiction drama series
Smith was being interviewed about Doctor Who on last night's CBS Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
The 28-year-old actor talked at length to Ferguson about his current trip to America and playing the Doctor in general. Smith, the eleventh actor to play the Doctor, took over the iconic role from David Tennant (Single Father) early this year.
On the matter of how long he intended to stay in the part, he explained: "I take it a year at a time. I'm going to do this year [2011], and maybe next year [2012] as well. I would like to."
Earlier in the year, it had been suggested that Smith was keen to leave the series to try to establish a career in Hollywood. However, Smith indicated that he was enjoying playing the Doctor and hadn't any immediate plans to stop doing so.
Smith's appearance on the CBS chat-show had been widely anticipated by American Doctor Who fans, many of whom had been looking out in LA for days for signs of the TV star.
Earlier in the week, ATV News reported that Ferguson had posted on Twitter that Smith's appearance would "be part of a 'Doctor Who Special' with Daleks also present."
Meanwhile, the BBC America Anglophenia blog reported sightings and confirmation of a Dalek – the Doctor's archenemy – on LA's Santa Monica Boulevard. An observer said: "Spotted yesterday morning on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, a Dalek. There have been no signs of the Daleks 'checking in' on Foursquare, so their current location is not certain."
And Ferguson confirmed on Twitter, "Dalek for 'Doctor Who Special' on Tues 16. For those who don't know Daleks are bitter grumpy aliens. Remind you of anyone?"
Stateside Daleks
During the Late Late Show, Smith also discussed Doctor Who's filming in Monument Valley, Utah, as reported by Digital Journal in early October – the first two episodes of the first series of 2011 are to be set in the Utah desert, in the late 1960s.
The two-part story – written by the show's head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, but yet unnamed – will see the Doctor and his companions, Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), summoned to the Oval Office. Alex Kingston (ER) will also appear in the story, reprising her role as Professor River Song.
This is the first time Doctor Who has filmed properly in the US. In 2007, some members of the production team travelled to New York to film establishing shots for another two-part story – Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks, by Helen Raynor – but the cast, including the then Doctor (Tennant) and his companion, Martha (Freema Agyeman), remained in the UK.
Doctor Who and its accompanying documentary series, Doctor Who Confidential, return to television screens at Christmas for A Christmas Carol, which also stars the mezzo-soprano singer, Katherine Jenkins (Sacred Arias), and Sir Michael Gambon (Harry Potter).
Then, in a break from usual, there will be two series of the science-fiction show in 2011 – to be broadcast around Easter and the autumn. A third year in the part would see Smith on screen up to at least 2012. The show celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013.
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