Doctor Who: Matt Smith to Regenerate in the 2013 XMas Special

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!

12 comments for “Doctor Who: Matt Smith to Regenerate in the 2013 XMas Special

  1. Reagan McLane
    December 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    It is not fair. Matt Smith was the wrong choice to play Dr. Who. Rumors have been flying that
    when Matt Smith’s incarnation is regenerated that some of the other doctors will be on hand. I hope that they will have some of the other doctors. Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, and David Tennant should be there. We were hoping that Matt Smith would have departed long before now. I have a question that has been unanswered. Who was the woman in THE END OF TIME PART II, who said ” I was lost?” Was it Katy Manning? I have not been able to find the answer and would love to know who she was. She looked like her. But some have said that she looked like Wendy Padbury. Who was she?

    • Grammar Nazi
      March 22, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Doctor Who*

  2. Tlise
    January 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I think he was EXACTLY the right choice to play him. He is what the older doctors were when I was young, and how it would have carried on. Admittedly I didn’t think I would like him,as many did, but I and they did. I didn’t think he could top David Tennant, but he did and I think it will be a shame when he does leave.
    none of the other Doctor’s want to to di, Christopher Eccelston said he only ever intended to do one series, now THAT is the wrong sort of person to play it. He didn’t get on with management either apparantly.

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  3. neal murdoch
    March 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    And so begins 9 months of worry that they’ll cast someone awful like James Nesbit

    • Tim Lyman
      April 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      No worries. Has there ever been a bad Doctor before?

  4. March 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    but we all have to remember that David Tennant has a clone and that a timelord can only regenerate 12 times so lets see what happens

    • Hillz
      March 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      He can regenerate 12 times but remember River Song gave him her regenerations so he has more now.

      • Jimmy
        April 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

        and as another extenuating circumstance, remember that he was brought back to existence by Amy Pond, so the writers can also play around with that in regards to his 12 regenerations…And also from what I understand, the 12 regenerations was more of a rule set into play by the Time Lord council, since they are supposed to have all died in the time war, the writers can play with that as well…

    • Natasha
      April 3, 2013 at 1:04 am

      he can only regenerate 12 times, but 12 regenerations = 13 doctors 😉

  5. Natasha
    April 3, 2013 at 1:07 am

    If only Ian Somerhalder was from the UK…..

  6. April 13, 2013 at 5:09 am


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