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article imageMatt Smith, David Tennant planned to continue Doctor Who together

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 23, 2013 in Entertainment
Matt Smith and David Tennant hatched a plan for both of them to continue playing the Doctor in the BBC's long-running television science-fiction series, it has emerged.
In Doctor Who, which is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, Smith currently plays the Eleventh Doctor. His Doctor and his predecessor Tennant's Tenth Doctor will be seen together for the first time in November, in the show's anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor.
That story was produced earlier this year, before Smith took time out from the part he's played since 2010 to film How to Catch a Monster, the directorial-debut feature from Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling.
Since completing the movie the 30-year-old has returned to the UK to complete his tenure on Doctor Who by filming this year's Christmas special, his swansong as the Doctor.
Smith announced in June that he was to leave the series at the end of the year and is handing over to Peter Capaldi (The Fifth Estate), who was unveiled as the Twelfth Doctor in August.
However, in a new interview with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, it appears that Smith had a plan to continue playing the Doctor and for his predecessor to return, too.
Smith came up with his idea while involved with Tennant on the production of The Day of the Doctor, Moffat tells Radio Times.
Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
"[They] got on so well while filming [...] They got on like a couple of old women. They just stayed in the corner and gossiped the entire time," he said.
Afterwards Smith told Moffat, "he’d worked out this plan that they’d both continue in Doctor Who: do five individual episodes each and three together – would that be OK? It was a nice plan. I think if I’d said yes they’d have gone for it."
In July, Smith voiced doubts about his decision to leave Doctor Who during a Q&A session at the San Diego Comic-Con. Asked by a young fan why he was leaving the show, Smith replied:
It’s hard to leave. It’s an awful thing to contemplate, it really is. It’s been the most incredible experience of my life. Things like this and Comic-Con, it’s changed my life ... It’s really depressing. You’ve gotta go when you’ve gotta go ... I don’t know ... I don’t know! I’ve made a mistake!
The Day of Matt and David
Of the upcoming special itself, Moffat told Radio Times, "The double act between [Matt and David] is sublime. It's one of those happy accidents – there’s no reason why they should be, but they are absolutely adorable and hilarious together."
The Doctor Who 50th-anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, airs on BBC One and around the world, on Saturday, 23 November 2013, exactly 50 years to the day that the first-ever episode, An Unearthly Child, was broadcast in the UK.
As has become traditional during the last decade, the as-yet-unnamed Christmas special will be broadcast on Christmas Day.
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