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Mark Newton

I've always liked as Doctor Who. No, not because I watch the show, but because he went to the same university as me. That little fact has always given me something to say whenever somebody inevitably mentions Doctor Who, which is a lot. It's a factual nugget that has stood me in good stead.

However, from the sounds of things, my one Doctor Who related anecdote might have a short lifespan. The Sun has reported that Matt Smith is set to leave the BBC flagship show at the end of 2013. Now, The Sun is hardly known for accurate or level-headed reporting, so perhaps we shouldn't read too much into it. The BBC certainly aren't, as they have emerged to downplay the rumors. According to DigitalSpy, the Beeb released the following statement:

Sorry folks, but even we don't know what's going to happen at Christmas. It's not been written yet! But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday.

But, in a recent interview with talkshow host Jonathon Ross, Smith revealed he doesn't have any solid plans for the role beyond 2013. He explained:

It's one of those jobs that you have to take year by year, it's ten months a year, it's all-consuming. So I don't think you can plan five or six years ahead, or even two years ahead. It's a year by year thing, and at the moment it's 2013 and we'll see what 2014 holds.

Smith certainly has been branching out in recent months. He recently appeared in two BBC biopics and also landed a role in the directed Lost River. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if Smith does leave the role soon. I mean, surely it's the dream of every actor to eventually hit the big time and appear in major feature films. Can we blame him for that if it's true?

Anyway, in the meantime, the special 3D 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who begins filming next week, and Smith is definitely down to make another Christmas special. And, if he does leave it won't be too bad, (Gimli) also went to my university; that's one anecdote I can keep milking for years.

What do you think? Would you upset if Smith wanted to head off for bigger and better things? Let me know below.


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