Matt Smith Is Leaving Doctor Who

The BBC is in the market for a new Doctor. After a few years as the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who. The news was revealed on the network's Doctor Who blog.

Smith's final turns as the famed traveler of space and time will happen in the 50th anniversary special that's scheduled for November and in this year's Christmas special, after which the Doctor will be regenerated by some new lucky chap.

"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," Smith said in a statement. "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."

And please, none of those "The Doctor is OUT!" jokes!

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A shame, he was very likeable. also liked Eccleston very much.
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No ;_;
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You know what would be weird? If they regenerated him to Rowan Atkinson
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No, no, it wouldn't. It just would be a reason to stop watching Doctor Who. I can't stand watching Rowan Atkinson. I never watched that fake-special where he was the Doctor and I never will. This would be one of very few things that could stop me from watching Doctor Who... -.-
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I never said it would be a good idea, but a weird one.
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Um technically Smith is the 12th so the problem is how the hell are they going to write themselves out of the paradox of the timelords only regenerating 12 times? That's the problem with the big reveal at the season finale two weeks ago.
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(possible spoilers) they already have saxgod98 remember in "lets kill hitler" at the very end "the child of the tardis" river song as she is known in the future until revealed as the ponds daughter she gave up her gift as the last time lady in existence to save the doctor's life. so that is how.
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I don't think it was ever clarified in the original show whether 12 regenerations was the Time Lords' biological limitations or whether it was just a law of their society to prevent immortality. The show could easily run with the latter option and say that since there's no more Time Lords to enforce the rule anymore, problem solved.
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If that where true River couldn't have given up her remaining regenerations as there would be no limit to them.

Since there is a lot of talk about it on the internet I also doubt that they would simply ignore the issue on the show. With the soon-to-be-12th-Doctor being the 13th and thus final regeneration (counting this John Hurt character who obviously was an incarnation but not "The Doctor") there would be an interesting storyline for the 12th. It would also raise the stakes until the issue is resolved. If the Doctor can't regenerate anything that kills him kills him. Game Over.

So my guess is 12 is going to remind us from time to time that he is out of regenerations but if Moffat stays at the helm this will only be resolved in the very last episode of 12. ;-)
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river gave up all the rest of her regenerations so that she now has but one life which(possible spoiler) ends at the library in the episode forrest of the dead
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I don't think River giving up her regenerations answers the question, because she didn't give X amount of lives, she simply used her body's regenerative capability while it was still active in the first few hours and funneled it out of her to save the Doctor. That scenario still fits either the biological imperative or the Time Lord-law outlook.

Similar to when the 10th Doctor re-grew his hand because his regeneration energy was still working. Apparently they can use their energy during that time to re-grow limbs or just pass it on to save a life. It doesn't mean her regenerations were limitless, nor does it mean they weren't.
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river song and the master gave regens to the doctor acc to the wiki
and yeah what you said
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Oh yeah, and one other thing.....they got to stop doing this crap on the specials.....really ruins Christmas, ya know?
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Now that the Doctor is possibly stuck in his own timestream and has The Great Intelligence screwing with it and Clara fixing it, I wonder whether or not a Tennant return could be in order. Clara could save 10 from having to regenerate by taking his place in the radiation chamber. The paradox is then that all of the 11th's adventures wouldn't have happened and Clara wouldn't have gotten scattered in the timestream. A bit of a rewind, yes, but this could help prolong the shows run if they decide to stick to the 12 regenerations rule. Going back to before the universe reboot could be where the the doctor commits whatever atrocity that causes John Hurt' incarnation. Also, Torchwood would still be in existence! Allons y
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My (personal) view is... not so much that she was helping "The Doctor" succeed in general, by un-doing the various alterations that The GI made.

To make sure the adventures played out as we remember them from the show.

Like he might have done something to make the Doctor take a different TARDIS and Clara undid that. Or nudged him to make some wrong choices with The Dalek Asylum, with Clara helping un-do that by opening doors and such.

Of course, the paradox leaves it as a chicken-and-the-egg thing. Since cause -> effect -> cause, was he successful all of these centuries because of her? Or did she just help prevent someone from screwing him up?
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it just seems like they changed the doctor too often...why is that? is that how the original series was like? i've never watched any of them
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I think it feels that way somewhat because they have less episodes, but most of the actors who have played the Doctor have only done the role for around 3 years. Tom Baker and David Tennant were the only ones that stayed longer and David's last "series" was only 5 episodes long. I think the shorter run of most BBC shows also makes it feel they've been around less than they really have.
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I think for the new show the actors don't want to be type cast as Doctor Who and stop getting other work.
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4 years is a long time. E.g. Chris Eccleston left after one series. From the original series, Tom Baker was similarily long.
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It's a shame Chris left so early... he was my favorite of the 3 post-reboot Doctors.

Don't get me wrong: I like all 3 for their own reasons. But I enjoyed him the most.
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Chris is a class of his own. I was so sad when he decided that he could not continue to be The Doctor. But if you ask me, that was a fair decision. Think of Patrick Stewart: Everybody only sees him as Picard or Xavier, but he was such a good Scrooge, and his performance in Hamlet was unbeatable.
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Matt Smith leaving a half season after Karen and Arthur? Maybe they should have let the couple stay. They didn't want to leave the show right?
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I don't know about Arthur, but Karen was ready to move on and just wanted to have a story that, basically, could never have a way to bring her back (though, being Doctor Who, there is no such thing). However, I agree that if Matt was just going to go off 5 or 6 episodes later, why not just hold on and everyone go together?
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Actually this would be far easier to undo than the original departure of Rose Tyler (you know, getting stuck in a parallel universe). Since the time paradoxes that prevent the TARDIS from hopping back and picking Amy and Rory back up are limited to New York in the 30s the Doctor could easily land the TARDIS elsewhere in the world, travel to New York by regular transportation (probably by ship in that time), get them and travel back to the TARDIS. There ya go, problem solved ;-)
But I don't think replacing the entire cast at once is a good way to go. The Eleventh Hour kind of rebooted the whole thing but it felt VERY disconnected from the previous stories. Then again it also provides a fresh start for new viewers. We'll see how it turns out, but the fall of the Eleventh better be connected to Trenzalore.
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Agreed. I have no problem with them leaving... they'd been on long enough. And from an actor's point of view, you don't want to stick around TOO long if you want to try other stuff before you're A) type-case and B) still young.

But... IF they knew Matt was leaving soon then it might have been worth sticking around just for that. It would make the season finale all-the-more epic if all 3 went out at the same time.
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well acc to wikipedia a few months ago, he intended to leave in 2014...
maybe it was a sudden decision?
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Until it is ultimately confirmed, I'm of the opinion that John Hurt is going to be revealed as the Doctor prior to it being Eccelstone and so that would make Matt smith number twelve and his replacement as Thirteen, Also speculation is fine but i believe regardless of what is said Matts replacement has already been picked, can't wait to find out who it is.
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I agree. I seem to recall Smith was picked pretty soon after Tennant said he was leaving but wasn't announced for a couple months later.
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I agree.
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I will miss Smith, but they found an excellent replacement for both Eccleston and Tennant, so I am sure they will fond a good one for him as well. I know its too early to root against it being John Hurt, but if he is going to be any type of villian/anti-DOCTOR in the 50th reunion and Christmas episode, then I can't imagine enjoying a seires in which he is the DOctor week in and week out. (which is kind of a shame, because John Hurt as an incarnation in a "regular" regeneration would have seemed like divine inspriation, but not after it has been teased.

I wouldn't mind a slightly older Doctor than Smith for the next series, Eccleston was a greatly inderused Doctor for the physical sequences but clearly he could have handled it. So having a Doctor who was older, or slightly older than that wouldn't be a reach. A Doctor in his 60s, other than Patrick Stewart, would be too much though I think.

Chris Barrie as a truly intellectual Doctor would be amazing!
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Doctor Rimmer!!
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i don't care who is next or if it is actually a woman (kind of hope it is) but can we move away from such young actors, at these rate the next doctor would be a teenager. and the one after that a toddler.
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He has to be "cool" for the audience.
Until the trend says cool means young and sexy (esp. in the US), they need a young actor.
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I'm rooting for a ginger wearing a fez
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They have to get younger and younger.... that's what happens, I think.
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Goddammit. As a wise man once said (almost): "I don't want him to go."

Clearly, it's time to bring back Tom Baker, a brilliant Doctor who won't leave me after just 3 seasons.
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In fact a woman is being talked about
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There are already female time lords so this makes the kind of sense that is not.
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my only problem with it being a woman, other than the previous mentions that he was a father before and has had multiple wives and female companions who are also "romantic interests" is the BBC charity spoof Doctor Who the curse of Fatal Death. too many jokes about a Doctor ending up in a female body. Especially when the last couple regenerations have the Doctor groping himself from the start.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I don't want Smith to leave just yet. Not when he just tied with Tennant for being my favorite Doctor! :'(

As for the 12th Doctor, I'd kind of prefer it be a younger Doctor (at least in his 20's or 30's) if for no other reason than it just looks weird for a girl Clara's age and a Doctor looking 40+ to be a "not quite couple." (a shame too, she and 11th were pretty cute together).

I'm not really feeling this Rory Kinnear fellow they've rumored to be in the lineup for the new Doctor. If age wasn't a factor, my personal choices would be Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Michael Shanks (probably the only American I could see playing the part), Benedict Cumberbatch (although we'd probably never get another season of Sherlock if this happened), Robert Carlyle, or Patrick Stewart (Just give me one season with him as the Doctor, I'd love more than that, but I just want to see him play the Doctor at least once).
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I sooo agree about Patrick Stewart, altho I can't imagine him traveling with a female companion, or even more so, there being an attraction betwwen them. Nor could I see him with a platonic companion as Donna was with Tennant. I'm so bad with names and it's soooo frustrating, but there was a BBC series set in London, in a hospital morgue. The lead was played by a Scottish actor whose wife had cheated on him, and who later became involved with his Irish co-pathologist, who wound up returning to Ireland after a glitch in their budding relationship. That's the last episode they showed in the US (at least in NYC). If anyone recalls the show and actor I'm trying to describe, what about him?
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Tennant drew me to Doctor Who, but Matt has been a great Doctor. Funny & quirky, yet deep and menacing when needed. I wonder if Rupert Grint would be interested in the job. The Doctor would finally be ginger.
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I liked Smith, but i loved Tennant. A fresh new face might be what we need, but i have a few concerns. 1: John Hurt is either the 12th doctor or a secret previous incarnation of the doctor. Which leads to other concerns, such as 2. if john is a secret incarnation then, while Smith is the 11th Doctor, he would be the 12th incarnation of the Doctor. And this 12th Doctor would be the 13th and final incarnation. 3. Likewise if Hurt is the 12th Doctor, and they are searching for a new doctor, then it stands to reason that Hurt will have a really short run as the Doctor before they replace him, which means we'll end up at the 13th Doctor/incarnation anyway in a really short time, which means were at the same place as #2, with the last Doctor.

Now if i recall correctly, which i may not since i am no expert of the original series' of Doctor Who, but didn't the Timelord council or whoever have the ability to give more incarnations? If so the only way i see the series continuing is if the Doctor somehow discovers how to add more incarnations, however the only problem i see with this is that it would give the writers too much power to just replace a Doctor whenever they want, since they would no longer have that limit in place.
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There have been tons of speculations about what the writers will eventually do to get around the regen limit. Leading theories are that either Rivers gift gave him an additional 10 or so. Or that since the Time Lords are gone the "limit" is no longer in place. Or Wildcard theories, meaning the writers can do whatever they want
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Best news I've heard all day. I spent the last few seasons rooting for the villans, and feeling a little let down everytime a shot missed the Doctor. That is not the show I've grown to love. It's too bad that great companions were spoiled by Matt's horrible Doctor.
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Regarding Matt, I think he IS the Doctor. Great performance, but the scripts let him down big time. Still love Tennant, of course, but I really "bought" Matt as the Doctor.
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Another question. If the Doctor may have only 13 lives, we are approaching the end of the show itself. Am I wrong ?
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He got additional lives from River. I believe it was in the Hitler episode.
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If they have any brains you are. The Doctor is Big Time worldwide and he's not going anywhere--except maybe everywhere and everywhen...
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I will miss Matt as The Doctor. I know fans have been split ever since he was chosen as #11...but I really enjoyed the playful energy he brought to the character. But I guess it's probably best they bring in someone new. This last season was just...not good. The writing has become stale, and not even Matt's performance can overcome some of the horrible plots. Time for a fresh face and new angle. Best of luck to Matt. Bow ties are cool!
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I would prefer that it were Moffat leaving. The last few seasons (Or series if you prefer) have been a bit of a mess truth be told. They need to go back to an older and gruff type Doctor. One who is not so manic and one who does not spend 5 minutes every episode looking at his companion wistfully (You could have made it a drinking game every time he looked at Amy). The Doctor should not be a magic man who lives above a cloud atop a brass stairwell... he is a man of science.
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How could he not look wistfully at Amy, he's only a Time Lord...
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yum, amy pond
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Hmmmmmmmmm.......... young, handsome, white British actor looking for a breakout role? How about Theo James who was the lead on Golden Boy before it was canceled.
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He was why it was canceled, that's why. Liked the show, hated him...
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It was a given that matt would be gone by the end of November, since the doctor revisited specials had to have his special run end of November and the new doctor installed by the end of december for his special.
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simon peg as the new doctor. lol. or how about patrick stewart if you wanna go for an old doctor?
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I think I mentioned earlier why not Patrick Stewart. He's a great actor and a wonderful person but doesn't understand humor at all. Worst Saturday Night Live EVER...
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if you believe that stewart cant pull off humor why cant the dr just be serious then?
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Bite your tongue! He was fantastic on SNL!
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Not in this universe he wasn't. Tried to watch it again to see if I was wrong--I wasn't, and I'm a fanboy...
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Cry!

Oh well, it always hurts but it's always awesome too. Roll on the next awesome doctor!
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I wouldn't mind if they got someone much older for one or two more series before he regenerates again.
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is he leaving, or did he just know his time was up??
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I once thought Steve Valentine would make a good Doctor. However, his recent role choices bring that into question. He was once on Crossing Jordan and has since been on I'm in the Band, Hot in Cleveland, and Psyche as some form of rock star plus he had a 3-minute stint on Warehouse 13 as a magician, and I think he's been that before on some show.

I believe he's also been settled in here in the US and may be a little too Americanized. Maybe not, not sure, but he does seem to have, or developed, an acting style that could be a little too broad or over the top for the Doctor. Then again, he could be perfect, if given a chance. I would really like to see the producers give him a shot, if he were interested, and if they have not already someone else to take over the role.
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@ Akyriel: He can do comedy very well, he was in a wizards of waverley place thing - my daughter was a fan of the show - and I thought he was good. I do think he could pull off the doctor really well; not sure if he is, as you say, too Americanised though as the British public would not accept and American Doctor.....ever. He's as British as boiled beef and carrots, fish and chips...you get the idea. ;P

I just hope the Doctor doesn't get any younger than Smith - at the rate the BBC are going he's going to need a sonic dummy soon rather than a screwdriver.

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Apparently he is a pro magician too, which explains seeing him as that.

In his mid 40's, he may be too old as well, but not sure if the British care as much about that as we do, as Eccleston is just a bit older than Valentine.
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Also Catherine Tate was no classic beauty like Amy, but she rocked it as Donna Noble...
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The Doctor has been in his late 50's before. Age is not a factor in choosing him.
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How 'bout this idiot below's brother?
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I do not think that the BBC are in the market for a new Doctor performer, I believe he is already chosen and locked into place.
While I like Matt Smiths version I do hope that the next one will be somewhat less ADHD.
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You're probably right. I trust these folks and the haven't let me down yet...
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I think Matt's performance as the Doctor was decent at best. Nothing against the actor he was good but not the best, Ecclesron and Tennant were just more memorable. Doctor Who writers need to step up as well last season wasn't very good. Who knows maybe Matt will change my mind when I catch up with this season's episodes on Netflix.
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Well, for me, coming from a clean slate in 2005, I thought Eccleston was pretty awesome. Tennant was Ok.. And Smith did a good job of making the role his own. But I kinda wish Eccleston would have stayed on for a bit longer. Oh well.
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Love for Eccleston is just right...
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Christopher Eccleston as The Docto had the greatest way of looking stern and disappointed, and then in an instant breaking out in a grin that lit up his entire face. David Tennant had the same (or similar) ability, and since I never saw the original shows, I loved it, and thought THAT was part of who The Doctor was regardlss of the body he was "wearing". But Smith (and I don't dislike him; he just didn't FEEL right to me) never once showed that smile.

Also, since Billie Piper (Rose) started with Eccleston (and is it me, or did she sound funny when she returned from the alternate dimension to help save the world? It sounded like she had marbles or too many teeth in her mouth), and was with Tennant for awhile, they continued to talk about her. But Smith (and don't get me wrong, I loved Amy AND Rory) never once made a single reference to her, or for that matter, to any of the previous companions that I recall. Being oh so bad at time change, along with math of any kind, I could never quite figure out exactly what River knows in contrast to The Doctor. But she DID
meet Donna, and yet not a single reference from her either. I think that has alot to do with how some of us who loved the first 2 "new" Doctors feel about Matt Smith's version.
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Tennant: I don't want him to go :(
Smith: Yeah, ok.
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@CalumRobertson - your name gave me an idea. What about Callum Blue? He's a Brit, does great dark comic (Dead Lke Me) and dramatic (Elizabeth) acting. He's cute, not too young. It could work...
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There's an easy work around for the problem of running out of regenerations. When River gave her life to save him it gave him extra regenerations. Job done.
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FINALLY
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I always thought of Garret Dillahunt as the ultimate bad guy, but he's so funny on Raising Hope. He could do this and rock it!
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needs to be someone older or we might end up with a teenager in a couple more regenerations and the limit on regenerations has already been addressed in the Sarah Jane Adventures - I'd like Jack Davenport myself
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Okay, picture this for fun. The doctor regenerates into Joan Rivers, feels his smooth face and feminine body then goes for the mirror. The resulting scene would have to be incredible and then she somehow she manages to do it again by calling "sticky wickets". Knowing Joan as I do, I'm sure she would do it. Joan Rivers--The 12th Doctor for 5 minutes--would be classic, don't you think? I'm sure they thought 13 Doctors in the beginning would be plenty, but these are good writers and I'm sure they can handle this problem...
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I pictured it and then I screamed in horror, then I cried and then I broke down in the shower feeling nothing but dirty. No...just no....I don't wanna see fish lips or hear fish lips on my screen ever. Just...no!
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Oh, you'd laugh your ass off even if you knew it was coming...
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For a man who said he'd be happy to be the Doctor as long as he could, holding that title wasn't enough for him. Not enough pay and the allure of Hollywood (or the like) have encouraged him to move on. Completely not a surprise hearing this - there's been speculation for months. Now for that official announcement that Moffat's leaving just in time to have another figure out how to deal with the Doctor being at the end of his regenerations. There's a couple of dedicated men there. /unamused fan
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Damn you, RYAN GOSLING!!!!
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Didn't anyone see the last episode or weren't you watching the same episode as me? It said 'Introducing John Hurt as the Doctor'. John Hurt is neither young, nor hot, but he can act like few can, so should be interesting.... and dark I suspect.....
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I should have expected this was coming. A few days ago they had a picture of Moffat with Matt Smith at some sort of event and Smith had his hair buzz cut, the sort of thing you would do when you have just left a role requiring you to keep your hair a certain way. I wonder if they have already filmed the christmas special and are waiting to cast the new Doctor for the final part of the regeneration scene.

Snith has been one of my favorite Doctors and it's sad to see him go. He had the youthful look but the older type of personality to him which really worked well. I actually was hoping he would be the one to challenge Tom Baker's run as an on screen Doctor (Mcgann had about 10 years if you count the audio adventures and novels), Smith's tenure has given some really great episodes to go on though.

I am assuming that Clara will be sticking around and travel with the new Doctor for a while after the regeneration. She's probably the first companion I can think of other than Romana who doesn't need an explaination of how it works either since she has been in his timeline. Though this seems like the shortest time an official companion (not counting Jack) has spent with a particular incarnation of The Doctor. Even if you count her timeline splinters in Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen, the 50th anniversary, and the Christmas special, Clara will have only spent about 12 episodes with Smith's Doctor.

As for the regeneration limit, I am sure there is a way around it. River Song used her regeneration energy to revive The Doctor in Let's Kill Hitler so maybe that gave The Doctor more lives allowing him to surpass the 12 regeneration limit.

Plus, there is no telling what happened during the Time War. We saw that the Time Lords resurrected the Master and granted him regenerations, maybe they granted further regenerations to the other timelords fighting in the war including the Doctor who was likely one of their greatest warriors. Also, who knows what effect "The Moment" the thing the Doctor used to timelock the war and destroy Gallifrey, had on him.
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The buzz cut was for a film role not an act of rebelion against the Doctor
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It's been said a few times during its run in the Davies era that the regeneration rule was a Time Lord imposition, so without there being Time Lords to enforce it, there's certainly ways around it.
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True, the time lords always had a bit of control over regeneration, which is how they were able to effect the 2nd Doctors regeneration, even going so far as to offer him a choice as to what he would look like.

There's been so many different explainations for regeneration over the years that it is hard to tell which one is in force now.

There was the theory Vastra put forth that it was because of timelords being exposed to the vortex over millions of years meaning that a timelord could possibly have infinite regenerations without intervention.

Some say that Rassilon put the limit in when he founded the timelords because each successive regeneration after 12 brought an increased risk of mental and physical instability. Given how desperate he was during the war it is likely that he removed the limit.

However, we know that there is a limit regardless of timelord intervention. River wasted all of her remaining lives to revive the Doctor so there has to be some sort of built in max, whether that max is 12 or not is the question.
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Talk about wibbly-wobbly :) I think there's a hell of a story there, I just don't know if I want it told in the Moffat era, but I'd like to see Moffat write it.

Moffat stories in the RTD era: Amazing
Moffat stories in the Moffat era: Wheel of chance

River had, what, 10 regenerations left? Can't recall if that was stated or just assumed. Even that is enough to kick the can down the road a bit.
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perhaps ben whishaw (from the hour) as the new doctor? or what about a female... there's a long list of females i'd like to see, too many to name really.
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My first response to such news is NO! I dont's want him to ever leave! I love him as Doctor. And then I calm down enough to say, that Smith and Eccleston are my favorite Doctors in the new series. So on the one hand I'm glad Matt stayed with us longer than Eccleston, on the other I'm so sad to learn he is leaving the show. But well we'll live and see what the new Doctor is gonna bring us. Hopefully that someone'll be as energetic as Matt was (and still is).
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I prefered Tennant !
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Tennant was brilliant, his acting was strong, but for some reason he did not go deeper under my skin as both Smith and Eccleston did.
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lol I could have said the exact opposite. Well, there's a doctor for everyone I guess.
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Nice to see that I'm not the only one who really liked Chris Eccleston. One of my favorite episodes of the series 2005 incarnation has been season one, episode eight, Father's Day...
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Oh he was good, real good :) and even his short run as the Doctor was enough to prove it. My favorite episodes are a two-parter - The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances. These two were so powerful I was quite literary left speechless.
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My favourite one was the one where he was in the big brother house and rose was with anne droid and jack with trinny and susannah bots! LOL
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Well, let's see what happens. According to the lore, A time lord has 13 lives total. His original + 12 regeneration. So, I'm guessing that at some point there will be a grand finale of all finales. And then, possibly a true reboot where it starts from scratch.. Why? Because a real Doctor Who reboot would then be more faithful to what Doctor Who should be when he regenerates, which is, anything!! He doesn't have to be British, Human or Male. He can be any form of life. That should make it more interesting. Furthermore, a regenerated Doctor Who should in fact, be a totally new bring with his/hers own personality and the memories of the previous incarnations. So, anyways, should be interesting to see where all of this leads.
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that is very sad .....for Indeed he is the better role of doctor who
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I prefered Tennant !
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That was a quick turnaround. Not Eccleston quick, but not the extended stay Moffat and Smith had suggested it'd be. Going from 10 to 11, they made a lot of noise about the change being permanent, but I got the feeling lately from performances that Matt Smith's heart wasn't in this anymore. Going from 11 to 12 is going to be a huge deal.
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I blame Ryan Gosling.
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WHY??? (I' ve read this this twice at least. What do you have against poor Ryan?)
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cool. Hopefully the new Dr is good. I kind of want Joanna Lumley to be the next dr (but that prob wont happen). I think what I really want is an older actor to be the dr just to change things up a bit
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She's too old...
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aww come on she was great as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death.
And whats wrong with an older actress?
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i love matt but it is time for a new doctor, i just wish the new doctor would be someone relative young or hot. seriously why is it that the doctor is never hot? thats weird i think
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Why is that important? He's not a CW creation. That's the problem with TV these days. Who gives a Slitheen is they're hot, can they do the part?
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the doctor has 13 lives so 2 to go so what will happen after that
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Matt Smith was as good as if not better than his last two predecessors given that he was less seasoned than Eccleston and Tennant. The new series brought us a Doctor unlike that of the classic series. A Doctor that was angst-ridden, more lonely, and vulnerable. A Doctor that was in many respects broken and therefore more accessible than the previous eight incarnations. Matt Smith continued in this vein but also gave us a Doctor that was getting used to his brokenness and being more open to accepting and giving back the love and concern of his companions. It's because of this, that Matt Smith has cemented his version of the Doctor for all time.

In terms of his replacement, Steven Moffat is hinting that there are again looking for a new face for the next Doctor. However, I think it's about time that in choosing the next actor to play the Doctor they have to look at the future of the show. I think the series needs to evolve into the next stage which is being able to move into the big screen every 2-3 years. Not just the big screen but a big budget summer movie of epic proportions. I don't think they can do that in 2015 if they get a relative unknown since it will take them another 4 years to get there.

Given this, I would consider Daniel Radcliff for the next Doctor.This would be in keeping with the idea of having a young-looking Doctor but easily having the potential of going to the big screen as early as 2015. At the very least they should consider Rupert Grint also of Harry Potter fame and Ben Whishaw, the new Q of James Bond.
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Ben Winshaw could be good, but he's probably too well known in England...
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Okay, how's this for a gimmick? You know how the Brits are all coming over here and faking American accents (Andrew Garfield, Hugh Laurie, Henry Cavill, Jonny Lee Miller, Alex Pettyfer, Christian Bale, etc), how about we send an American over to fake a British accent as the 12th Doctor?
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Ed Oneil ;+)
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LOL.. Doctor Al BundyWho! :)
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Personally even though it would be kind on the nose. I would think that Donald Glover would be good at the role. Not sure if he can do a brit accent.
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Really? Really!?
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I will miss Matt a great deal, but I am looking forward to seeing what direction the series takes in the future. The Doctor always warns that the transience of existence is the way of the universe (it is the reason he tries to never get too attached to any of his companions). Losing a Doctor has been like losing a friend each time there is a regeneration, but each one has impressed himself on my memory for their individual quirkiness and their passionate pacifism. The concept that violence and war should be truly a last resort is one that needs more exposure on television. Long live The Doctor.
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