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Say Farewell to the 11th Doctor

Posted on June 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm by Jess Hicks

Matt Smith

This Christmas we will all be shedding a few tears. Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor, will be departing to make room for the new 12th Doctor. Regeneration is something fans everywhere are familiar with but it never seems to get easier does it? We get such an attachment to this man and then he is taken from us to make room for someone totally new.

Here’s what Matt has to say on his departure:

Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!

It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.

Transitioning is never easier for the Doctor, I’m sure we all felt a bit salty towards Matt when he first appeared given who his predecessor was. Matt took on the role in a completely different way from Tennant and to that I say kudos to you! He could have played off the success of Tennant but he chose to do it his way and I think we all have learned to love him.

Here is what that King of Making Whovians cry, Stephen Moffat has to say:

Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him – sometimes literally – his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor.

But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt – bow ties were never cooler.

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!

So this Christmas get a big plate of Christmas cookies and a box of tissues and cry your heart out for what will surely be a saddening yet exciting end to a great chapter in Doctor Who. 

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