Matt Smith told Britain’s TV Magazine that he will return to DOCTOR WHO for at least one more series in 2014. This means his 11th Doctor will not be regenerating during the 2013 Christmas Special, as some rumors and fan sites have been claiming.
This is what Matt told TV:
“I’m on a break for a couple of months while I’m in Detroit making How To Catch A Monster. We come back and shoot the Christmas special over the summer, then we go on to the next series, which will either start filming at the end of this year or at the start of 2014.”
Matt confirmed his participation in the Xmas show back in March, which mooted the idea of a regeneration in the 50th anniversary story airing on Nov. 23. Now, this announcement means the 11th Doctor will be the longest serving of the revived series.
U.S. TV stars regularly do other work during series hiatus; it’s nothing new here, and hopefully it will become routine for Matt. As I’ve said before, I want Matt to play the Doctor until he’s an irascible old man, just like the First Doctor!