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article imageFans fear Matt Smith about to quit Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 22, 2011 in Entertainment
Fans of Doctor Who are interpreting a new interview given by Matt Smith as an indication that he’s preparing to leave the series in the not-too-distant future.
Smith was speaking to the US cable channel VH-1, and was asked about the possibility of moving to L.A. – thus following other British actors such as his friend Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man).
In response, the 28-year-old actor said, “I’ve got another year of Doctor Who, but then I’m certainly going to come and give it a shot – come and hang out in L.A.”
He took over the iconic role from David Tennant (Fright Night) in 2010 – in The End of Time by Russell T Davies (Torchwood) – becoming the eleventh actor to portray the part in the BBC’s long-running science-fiction television drama series since it began in 1963.
If true, it would mean the TARDIS would have a new incumbent in time for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013 – which is currently being planned by Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat – and it's a prospect that some fans of the series aren't too happy about: io9 reports, “It’s dreadful news that we could be looking at a new Doctor a year from now – just in time for the show's 50th anniversary in 2013.”
The role of the Doctor is one of the most sort after in British television, with speculation going into overdrive whenever an actor leaves. A number of actors have previously been linked to the part, including Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Paterson Joseph (Survivors), Stephen Fry (Wilde), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) and Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean).
The actors to have played the Doctor on TV to date (in order) are: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.
Smith’s most recent series ended a few weeks ago. He is currently filming this year’s Christmas special, which co-stars Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as his new companion Madge Harwell.
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