Matt Smith would be an 'idiot' to leave Doctor Who

Matt Smith has confirmed he will continue to star in 'Doctor Who' until after the show has celebrated its' 50th anniversary in 2013 because he's "not an idiot"

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Matt Smith at Asylum of the Daleks screening

Matt Smith at Asylum of the Daleks screening

Matt Smith has confirmed he will to stay in 'Doctor Who' until at least 2014 because only an "idiot" would leave the series in its 50th anniversary year.

The 29-year-old actor is committed to playing the Time Lord throughout 2013 when the BBC One series reaches its' landmark birthday on November 23, but he insists it was always the intention for him to stay for the next two years.

Speaking at a special screening of new episode 'Asylum of the Daleks' at the BFI Southbank in London on Monday night (14.08.12), he revealed: "I haven't signed a thing, everything was signed years ago. I'm not an idiot; I'm not going to leave the show in Doctor Who's biggest year. I love making it and it's the show's birthday, there's going to be a party! It's going to be exciting next year. I can't wait. But I was always going to be around there was never any plan for me not to be around."

Matt was joined for a panel Q&A by his co-stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill - who play departing companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams respectively - executive producer Caroline Skinner and showrunner Steven Moffat.

Steven sparked excitement over a possible multi-Doctor storyline for the anniversary episode by admitting to host Richard Bacon he'd recently had dinner with David Tennant - who played the Tenth Doctor - and many lunches with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, who is now David's father-in-law.

After being quizzed by Richard on his recent meeting with David, the 50-year-old screenwriter mischievously said: "Yes, I had dinner with David Tennant the other day, he's a good friend of mine. I can confirm I've not had dinner with Christopher Eccleston. Are you asking if I've eaten in the presence of any previous Doctors? Do you want me to give you a list of Doctors I've eaten in front of or spoken to? It would mean nothing except I know them, I've had Sunday lunch many times with Peter Davison ... I'm not telling you what we're doing for the 50th!"

'Doctor Who' returns to screens with 'Asylum of the Daleks' on BBC One in September.

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1. Desariella20 Aug 2012, 6:15pm Report

I can't wait for Series 7 to start. I hope Matt stays for a few more years. I'd like to see him beat Tom Baker's record as the actor to protray the Doctor the longest. (He's already broken Peter's as the youngest)

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