It was confirmed yesterday that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year, after taking part in the 50th anniversary celebrations and a Christmas special that will feature the regeneration.
I had pondered recently whether it was time for the show to have the change and shake-up that comes with a new Doctor, and it seems those in the know are on the same page. Three and a bit series is the magic number!
It will be sad to see Matt go, obviously. He’s done a great job with some mixed material, and he’s been the one good constant throughout Moffat’s tenure - which has had its fair share of detractors. Recently, Smith’s work has been outstanding (the emotions and reactions in the latest The Name of the Doctor were incredible).
Speculation is going to be rampant now over who can fill the shoes of Smith, top ten lists of desired new Doctors, and endless rumours over who will be stepping up to the plate. I’m happy to wait it out and celebrate the 50th with Matt Smith and David Tennant without worrying about what is coming next. We’ve had two successful transitions so far, a third can’t be far away.
What I am happy about is a quote towards the end of the very long official statement, from showrunner Steven Moffat:
Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now - all unknowing, just going about their business - is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!
That excitement is catching!