Matt Smith: Doctor Who is bigger than its stars

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Matt Smith at the National Television Awards

Matt Smith

Matt Smith believes 'Doctor Who' is bigger than any of its stars, and the departure of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill won't affect the show too much.

Matt Smith believes 'Doctor Who' is bigger than any of its stars.

The 29-year-old actor plays the Time Lord in the BBC One sci-fi drama and although he is sad that co-stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill - who play his assistant Amy Pond and her husband Rory Williams - are to leave the show, he believes it won't affect the programme too much.

He said: "Karen's a great friend, and creatively I have a really interesting relationship with her and Arthur, but I think by the same token the show is bigger than any of us.

"It's been going in 2013 for 50 years and it will continue way after me."

Despite his belief that 'Doctor Who' would continue to be popular without him in the titular role, Matt has no plans to leave the series just yet.

He added in an interview with ITV1's 'Daybreak': "It's a thrill playing the part ... and I don't want to give it up anytime soon. We have a whole season to make and a Christmas special as well, so no time soon - I won't be leaving anytime soon."

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