DESPITE reports that he was set to leave Doctor Who after just one more series, Day & Night can exclusively reveal that Matt Smith is to stay on until the show’s 50th anniversary in three years.
BBC insiders now say moves are afoot to sign up the actor, 27, until 2013.
“The current team believe that Matt is the person to continue taking the show forward over the next few years and want to avoid the prospect of fans having to get used to yet another actor in the role in the near future,” says our show mole.
“Matt has made it clear he’s keen to commit himself to the series for the long-term.”
He took over from the hugely popular David Tennant at the beginning of the year and has won rave reviews.
A spokeswoman for the show says: “From Matt’s point of view he’s loving playing the part and has no plans to quit. We aren’t in a position to provide a comment as to whether he’ll be playing the part in 2013.”
After the departure of David Tennant and Russell T Davies, many feared for the future of Doctor Who. The BBC wisely embarked upon the most ambitious marketing campaign I have ever witnessed including nation wide viewing in the UK and in a private showing on the other side of the pond in NYC. The 5th series has been the best yet in this viewer’s opinion and has revived my interest in the program. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make the best team that Doctor Who has seen since Tom Baker and Lis Sladen and bring a kind of youthful exuberance to the 48 year-old Who. Head writer Steven Moffat has been a large part of the success in this drastic changeover, the first that the new Doctor Who has had to date. I have every confidence that given the chance, Moffat will continue to steer the series in the right direction.
This also marks the first hint that Doctor Who will be renewed past 2011. The last I had heard, the BBC had extended the program’s life and Smith’s contract for an additional series but no further. Modern fans of Doctor Who lack the experience of us older fans who bit their nails clean off past the 22nd series as the future of our favorite program seemed to be under constant threat of cancellation. I haven’t heard anything that would cause me to think that the BBC are unaware of the importance and profitability of the new Doctor Who series (something that the BBC execs were apparently unaware of back in 1984 and in 1989), but that’s no reason to take the continued success for granted.
Filming has started in the last month on the upcoming Christmas Special, with a preview image of Smith in the snow hitting the web today (dressed in a new jacket).
Recent announcements of the series 4 Specials have apparently been selling well and in the US is currently at number 10 in the Amazon Top 20 Pre-Release Chart. Let’s hope things continue to stay this positive and that Doctor Who remains the oldest and most successful sci-fi TV program on the air today.
So where are those 50th Anniversary wish lists?