Matt Smith confirmed for next season of Doctor Who

Matt Smith will return to 'Doctor Who' next season for a 14 episode run including a Christmas special

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Matt Smith will reprise his role in 'Doctor Who' for a third season.

The 28-year-old actor - who shot to fame after replacing David Tennant as the Time Lord in the BBC One series - has signed on for a return to the show in a run which will include 13 episodes and a Christmas special.

BBC One executive Sam Hodges tweeted: "'Doctor Who' is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor."

Executive producer Steven Moffat added: "14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I've got a plan and I'm not telling you what it is. Now hush or River shoots you with her Spoiler Gun. (sic)"

The news will come as a welcome relief to fans after Matt fuelled speculation he wants to leave the show when he explained earlier this week that he was planning to pursue a Hollywood career and had even set up meetings with movie bosses in Los Angeles.

He said: "I'm going over to Los Angeles this week to dip my head in the pond. I am going to be having loads of meetings with film people and that sort of stuff. I have a lot of ambitions. I would like one day to direct and I just want to keep doing quality work. L.A. is kinda groovy - I really like it out there ... Would I get a big part, who knows? Sadly, that is not up to me. That all depends on people in the American film industry and whether they want to put me there."

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