The BBC has announced that the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, will be hanging up his bowtie at the end of 2013.
After the much-anticipated 50th Anniversary Special this November, Matt Smith will be throwing on his coat, bowtie, and fez/stetson for one last time in the Christmas Special, where he will regenerate into the Twelfth Doctor.
“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,” said Smith in response to the announcement.
Smith first stepped onto the TARDIS after fan favorite David Tennant’s farewell, and, come this Christmas, he will have borne the name of the Doctor after four exciting years. The series has grown in global fan exponentially during Smith’s run, although there are some who cite Smith’s performance as a quality decline. (I am not one of those people.)
Matt Smith did say that he’d be staying with the Doctor in Season 8, it seems that Rule #1 is alive and well – the Doctor does, indeed, lie.
An interesting sidenote: my initial prediction about this year being the final year of Matt Smith has since been proven true, with the beat of the drums again marking the departure of the current Doctor. In case you didn’t notice it, this season’s theme song has a notable four-note percussive bass line – a harken back to the four knocks that rang the death knell for David Tennant as well.
The actor playing the Twelfth Doctor has yet to be revealed, but we’re sure we’ll be hearing his (her?) name in the coming months. Stay tuned.