The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit BBC One show.
Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas Special.
I am just shocked.
He brought a depth and style that I think exceeded all others who held the role. He could be the old man he really was underneath as well as the child he appeared to be on the surface.
I was skeptical when he was announced as the new Doctor, but he won me over just in the promo for his first episode. And never disappointed me (although sometimes a script or two did).
He reminded me of the kind of suave actors we used to have, such as Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, and Patrick Macnee. I wouldn’t be surprised if he winds up playing James Bond one day. But, honestly, I think he’s better than that and needs something custom-made for his talents.
So, who can they ever get now to play off against the Anti-Doctor of John Hurt? These are very big shoes to fill.