After a lot of rumors circulating for awhile now it seems to be true. Matt Smith will be taking his leave of Doctor Who after the 2013 X-Mas special. Citing the long 14 hours days of shooting, 10 months out of the year as a primary reason, Matt claims that the long hours are starting to take their toll and he wants to leave before being completely burnt out. Matt took over the role in 2009 and claims with the shooting schedule today, it’d be impossible to stay in the role for seven years like Tom Baker did in the 70s. “Tom Baker did it in different circumstances.” Matt said.
“I couldn’t do this for seven years. I’d be run into the ground. I don’t think you can sustain it.”
“It’s just I don’t think my body or my life or the people around me could sustain it.”
Matt has already been looking into other job options as well as having hopes for a big screen role. Show producers hope to persuade him to stay on longer but they seem to admit that “his role as the Doctor is closer to the end than the beginning now.”
Next year marks the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, so it seems only right that in the end there is a regeneration. It also seemed only a matter of time as seemingly every actor that leaves the series usually cites the long hours of shooting as the reason behind their departure. Though it was never explicitly said, most fans attribute Christopher Eccleston’s departure after one season to the long days of shooting. For now though, Matt Smith’s contract is set until November 2013 so we will see him through the entire anniversary year as the Doctor, but only time will tell what else the Doctor has in store for fans next year!