Matt Smith set for Doctor Who return

Matt Smith as the Doctor

Matt Smith as the Doctor

Matt Smith has revealed filming for the eighth series of 'Doctor Who' will start "at the end of this year or at the start of 2014", and he is set to return in the title role.

Matt Smith will return for the eighth series of 'Doctor Who'.

The 30-year-old star has revealed he will continue to play the title role despite having a "break" as he takes on the lead role in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut.

He told The Sun newspaper's TV Magazine: "I'm on a break for a couple of months while I'm in Detroit making 'How To Catch A Monster'.

"We come back and shoot the ['Doctor Who'] Christmas special over the summer, then we go on to the next series, which will either start filming at the end of this year or at the start of 2014."

The actor - who has played the 11th incarnation the Time Lord since 2010 - admitted he knows there will always be speculation about his future on the science fiction favourite, but insisted he has no immediate plans to end his run.

He said: "People are always going to ask because they care about the show. But I take it year by year. And this year is going to be the biggest one in the show's history."

When Matt was first revealed as the Doctor, his critics claimed he was too young for the role - but he explained age isn't really an issue when the show's bosses are casting.

He added: "Could they get any young? I don't know [if they'll go with an older actor next]. It's a tough old show to make. There's a lot of running around and filming for nine months of the year.

"But I just think whoever they get - whenever they get them - they'll just get the best actor."


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