As he finishes his fourth year playing the enigmatic Doctor, Matt Smith and the BBC announced that he is officially leaving the show at the end of 2013. He will most likely depart during the annual Christmas Special.
Matt Smith is going out on top. Having won a BAFTA — Britain’s highest acting accolade for the role — after four years as the Doctor is a pretty good run by anyone’s estimation, with Tom Baker only topping that at a little over 6 years.
Now the “Who’s The Next Who” game can begin. According to lead writer and show runner Stephen Moffatt:
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.
Who do you think it will be or what type of Doctor would you like to see next? Benedict Cumberbatch? Martin Freeman? Danielle Radcliffe? Tom Hiddelston?
Should Moffat break with tradition and cast a non-white, non-male, and/or non-brit? Morgan Freeman? Helena Bonham Carter?
Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Some reactions from the Twittersphere:
Has there ever been a female Doctor Who or is it Whoess?
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 2, 2013