Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who next year?

Matt SmithA new interview with Matt Smith suggests the actor could be leaving Doctor Who next year.

If there wasn’t enough uncertainty surrounding next year’s series of Doctor Who already actor Matt Smith has just gone and added some more to it! While the BBC has ordered 14 more episodes of the sci-fi series its unclear when in 2012 they will air or if they will all air next year or not. The BBC had indicated over the Summer that some episodes would be “held over” until 2013 but it’s all as clear as mud. Furthermore while actors Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have both said they will feature in the next series just how many episodes they’ll appear in is another matter – there are suggestions that Rory and Amy will only be “recurring characters”.

Matt Smith, in a new interview, has suggested that he could be leaving Doctor Who after the next series and crucially before its 50th anniversary in 2013. In an interview with VH1 about a possible move to America the actor had this to say “Well, hopefully soon, you know. I’ve got another year of Doctor Who, but then I’m certainly going to come and give it a shot – come and hang out in LA… ” Now that would seem to hint that next year could be the curtain call for the 11th Doctor.

However, it is more than certainly unwise to read too much into one comment during an interview. With all the cutbacks at the BBC at the moment – because of the Tory imposed licence fee freeze – it’s quite likely the future of Doctor Who beyond next year is still up in the air. It’s also quite possible that show-runner Steven Moffat will follow the format laid down by Russell T. Davies and have a year of specials in 2013 which could feature Smith – and could easily tie-in with the shows 50th anniversary. After all the fans – and even some of the stars/crew of Doctor Who – are keen for a multi-Doctor story to mark the occasion and what better way than a feature length special or two?