The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit show. Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas special. During his time as the Doctor, Matt has reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role. Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series and premieres as part of the channel’s Supernatural Saturday programming block.
Matt quickly won over fans to be voted Best Actor by Readers of Doctor Who Magazine for the 2010 season. He also received a nod for his first series at the National Television Awards, before winning the Most Popular Male Drama Performance award in 2012. Matt has played one of the biggest roles in TV with over 77 million fans in the UK, US and Australia alone!
Matt Smith says: “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.
Having Steven Moffat as showrunner write such varied, funny, mind-bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.
The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!
It’s been an honor to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him - sometimes literally - his behavior was always worthy of the Doctor.
But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt - bow ties were never cooler.
Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now - all unknowing, just going about their business - is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!”
Having starred alongside three different companions, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and most recently Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Matt’s Doctor has fought Daleks and Cybermen, as well as Weeping Angels in New York. Regularly heard shouting ‘run’ and ‘Geronimo’, through Matt’s Doctor fans have been introduced to a new culinary combination - fish fingers and custard!
Matt’s spectacular exit is yet to be revealed and will be kept tightly under wraps. He will return in the unmissable 50th anniversary episode on Saturday, November 23, 2013.
In addition, a source at NBC has confirmed to The Post that, after months of rumors, veteran performer Fred Armisen will also be leaving the show. Headliner Jason Sudeikis will “probably” jump as well, the source said.
The main thesis of the article speculating on many headliners “jumping ship” and the show “about to sink” is complete bullshit. This kind of turnover is always happening and has happened countless times before. ‘SNL’ isn’t going anywhere and the Post can kindly STFU.
This week’s season finale will cap Hader’s eight-year tenure on the show. The Times reports that Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis’ status on the show is also in question, and of course Seth Meyers will depart for ‘Late Night’ by at least February.
Lorne Michaels on Hader:
“In terms of intelligence and talent, he was in that same tradition,” Mr. Michaels said in a telephone interview. “He was so completely committed to the art of it and enough a student of it that there’s something strikingly original. He didn’t explode onto the air, but gradually he found his voice, and that became a huge thing.”
Mr. Hader said: “My joke was, we’ll start singing ‘Ruby Tuesday’ and just say bye to Kristen again. I can just do a little wave at goodnights, and that signifies it.”
With this and J. Lo’s rumored departure the ‘Idol’ table is again going to look very different next season. Also, producers will have to act fast as auditions take place over the summer.
The producers of the show have granted Spader an exit. Variety reports that Spader always intended for it to be a one season arc. It’s not yet known whether he’ll be written out this season or explained after-the-fact next fall.
For a character that showed some promise at the end of last season, nothing they did with him really panned out, and he’s been all but completely absent as of late. This brings up a greater issue, which is, it’s time to end The Office. Of course, NBC won’t give up anything that’s performing marginally well (even if it’s only a shadow of what it once was), but creatively it’s running on fumes and for the sake of legacy and all those involved it should be let go.
Damn, he showed promise. Lord Windermere could have been a new classic.
A source close to the actor tells EW that Brittain “had the opportunity to pursue other projects, and he and the show parted ways amicably.”
Shum Jr and Criss have been upped to series regulars while Overstreet’s option was not picked up - making appearances, if any, on a guest star basis.
Personally while this is great for Shum Jr and Criss, who are fan favorites, it doesn’t bode well for the show’s future. Overstreet’s character Sam was the only underclassmen not scheduled to graduate at the end of this season. He would have made a great workable bridge between the show’s current and presumably new casts. Also this screws the Sam/Mercedes relationship cliff hanger they set up in the finale.
You all will be dearly missed (as the voice of those Tumblrs) and deserve lots of kudos for building up your sites.
The beauty of having my own brand: the rest of you losers are stuck with me.