Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who at Christmas?

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is reportedly leaving 'Doctor Who' after this year's Christmas special of the sci-fi show.

Matt Smith is reportedly leaving 'Doctor Who' at Christmas.

The 30-year-old actor, who has played the titular Time Lord for four years after taking over from David Tennant, is rumoured to be regenerating into the 12th Doctor during this year's festive special, which may mark his last appearance as the main man.

Matt recently joined the cast of Ryan Gosling's directing debut 'How To Catch A Monster', alongside Eva Mendes and Christina Hendricks, and with his contract on the popular sci-fi show ending in November after the 50th anniversary special, it is thought he doesn't want to renew it.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Matt has told bosses he wants to bow out at Christmas."

BBC addressed fans' queries about the actor's status in a statement, saying: "Sorry folks but even we don't know what's going to happen at Christmas. It's not been written yet! But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday."

The handsome star is also remaining tight-lipped about his future on the show and insisted he isn't planning too far ahead.

Speaking on 'The Jonathan Ross Show' last week, he said: "I am very happy doing ['Doctor Who']. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special. At the moment it's 2013 and we will see what 2014 holds."

Matt, who is now thought to be earning £1 million a year since taking on the famous part, has teased about what lovers of the show can expect from the 50th anniversary special and is positive 2013 will be the "biggest, the best, the most inventive, and the most exciting" year for the programme.

He recently said: "It sort of does what it says on the tin. You won't be disappointed. It's my cryptic way of going ... no, the thing is, much as we'd love to tell you everything, I read it and I clapped at the end. I think it's hilarious and I think it's epic and I think it's vast. I'm telling you nothing more."


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