Matt Smith, the erstwhile 11th Doctor, revealed during a panel at the recent New Orleans Comic Con that he filmed multiple takes of his final scene as the star of DOCTOR WHO in “The Time of the Doctor.”
Smith told fans that he didn’t know which version would ultimately air on Christmas Day:
“I thought that one the real moments — I was really pleased when Amy Pond came back into it; I thought that was really nice.
“But for me, as an actor, being really honest with you, I did loads of really different takes. So I was quite surprised to see that was the take they used, ’cause I didn’t think — I thought that they might use something else, because we did a lot of different takes and we did a lot of different versions of that ending — and a lot of them were really troubling — and I quite liked them.”
I believe that when he says “different takes” Matt was referring to different line readings and deliveries and blocking of the scene with Karen Gillan, I’ve read that other fans think Matt meant he filmed some of the different regeneration scenarios that were rumored, like the Doctor regenerating on top of the tower, or dying quietly of old age, etc. But I don’t think Matt would call those different “takes” — I would expect him to call those “different endings” or “different versions” of 11’s demise.
Well, make of it what you will…