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Matt Smith: Doctor Who Departure “bittersweet… emotional” [VIDEO]

Matt Smith has described how he feels about leaving Doctor Who, in advance of his final appearance as the Eleventh Doctor in the Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor.

The interview is available as a short video above, and the outgoing-outgoing actor discusses everything from his feelings on reading his final script to possibly breaking his mother’s heart!

When asked what he wanted from his final episode, he responded:

I think it’s good for the Doctor to go out with a bang, a crash, and a wallop. I’m pleased, it’s really funny and mad. When I got to the last 20 pages and it was quite a hard read for me, but I hope it’s going to be a belter.

Asked about the feelings he experienced in his final (for now!) appearance as the Doctor:

It felt very emotional to be doing my final episode. My mother is mortified, honestly she was at the front of the campaign for me to stay and wasn’t happy when I said I was going to leave. But when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.

Will he continue to watch the show, even when he’s gone?

Yeah, absolutely. I’ll be a fan. I’m very grateful to Steven Moffat and that whole team up in Wales for the past four years, and you know I want the show to go from strength to strength, which it will.

And what about The Time of the Doctor, soon to be shown?

With Doctor Who, you’re always looking back and forward at the same time, because you tend to be jumping around. I don’t want to give too much away, but obviously when you look at my tenure over the last four years, there are stories and plot-points and villains in there that are particular to my Doctor and I think he’s got to face all that.

Sounds ominous and fun at the same time–and you can’t help feeling a tiny bit bad for Matt, even though he’s probably going on to be a big time movie star!
Kasterborites, if there was one thing that you’d like to see the Eleventh Doctor do for one final time at Christmas, what would it be?


Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

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