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Matt Smith to Depart Doctor Who

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Matt Smith has confirmed his departure from Doctor Who.

The actor, who has played the iconic lead role since 2010, told The Daily Telegraph of his decision to leave following this December's Christmas:

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"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 realise 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."

Smith gave special thanks to producer Steven Moffat and then, of course, to the show's dedicated fans.

"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 unknown who will replace Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman will stick around as the Doctor's companion.

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heartbreaking news but as he said, a good actor knows when to close the curain
he is my favourite but we'll have to trust in moffat to bring someone just as great

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You people who voice a desire for David Tennant to come back are not true fans. The show Doctor who is all about evolution. Change is what keeps the show thriving. To those of you who believe that Moffat should leave: you really have no idea what you're talking about. (I live in the UK and children understand it watch it and love it) To adults who watch the show and say it's too complex,you're wrong.Children understand it perfectly well. Doctor who's popularity has grown thanks to the Moff and Smith. Stop hating on Smith. Everyone has their favourite Doctor. The beauty of the show is being able to fall in love with each incarnation of The Doctor.

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PS: In the best of all Whovian Worlds, Mr. Smith would take Moffat with him.

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I am with Morgaine and Joey 110%!!! Smith is right to be grateful to Steve Moffat - without Moffat's insisting on his "new direction", we'd all have been blessed with at least one more season of the Tenth - and SIMPLY THE BEST - Doctor, the beloved and ever-amazing David Tennant. And his sweetly soulful incarnation. Apparently Moffat thought Smith would be this generation's version of Tom Baker. NOT! BRING DAVID BACK!!!

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I agree with Morgaine !
There was a bubbliness about Tennant's doctor. There was also sharpness to his character, when things go serious. I Loved Tennant's Doctor! In fact, I miss the quality and fun of the RTD & DT-Led era.
I liked Matt Smith in his inaugural season, it was fun and witty and well-written. But since then, I've felt Moffat has driven it as a heavily serialised show, with deep and dark storylines. In all that, I believe he has taken the show away from its intended audience; the kids. Like Morgaine, David Tennant is The Doctor for me and always shall be!

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i hope that the rumors about david tennant are real and that he returns as the doctor. very possible since he has the clone of himself living with rose in another deminson. in all honesty, tennant was the best of the doctors and then it was matt smith and then the one that was before david tennant

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NO!!!!!!! I love Matt smith. Well it time to get know a new doctor... Ate when that happens