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Matt Smith Leaving Doctor Who Already?

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the well-that's-not-so-great dept.

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bowman9991 sent in a disappointing rumor saying "Ironically Matt Smith, the youngest Doctor Who ever, apparently wants to retire early. An unconfirmed report suggests Smith would like to try his hand at Hollywood films after the end of his second season as the Doctor. Smith is currently filming this year's Doctor Who Christmas special with Karen Gillan, who plays his companion Amy Pond, and opera star Katherine Jenkins. After the Christmas special he goes straight into production on a new Doctor Who series set to air next year." I've tremendously enjoyed the Smith/Gillan combo, personally.

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Time to add a little crazy into that character (3, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951228)

I hear Mel Gibson is available.

Re:Time to add a little crazy into that character (4, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951402)

I hear Mel Gibson is available.

Not sure they're looking to replace the Daleks.

Re:Time to add a little crazy into that character (4, Insightful)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951424)

He'd make a amazing Davros.

Re:Time to add a little crazy into that character (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 3 years ago | (#32952028)


Firstly, I love that you've been modded up +3 Insightful already for this. Secondly, I love that you are right!

Re:Time to add a little crazy into that character (1)

Stick32 (975497) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951494)

and just like the Doctor, Mel "NEEDS A WOMAN!!"

Re:Time to add a little crazy into that character (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951616)

and just like the Doctor, Mel "NEEDS A WOMAN!!"

that's the fiction element of this science fiction show - the women who travel with the Doctor are not petty, manipulative, and don't play stupid mind games against him while pretending to be his friend. compared to that, all the time-travel and alien civilization stuff is downright plausible

Christmas special? (4, Funny)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951234)

I remember the last time a sci-fi franchise I enjoyed made a Christmas Special...

*barfs*

Farewell, Matt Smith!

Re:Christmas special? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951292)

You mean last year when Doctor Who did it? They do this every year now you know.

Re:Christmas special? (1)

Zeros (1016135) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951300)

Actually all doctors had a christmas specials, they are all regular episodes with a bit of christmas in the middle... no need to learn stupid lessons.

Re:Christmas special? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951420)

> Actually all doctors had a christmas specials

If by "all" you mean David Tennant. He had three.

Re:Christmas special? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951478)

Are we talking about penis here?

Re:Christmas special? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951818)

You mean like this [sankakucomplex.com]? (nsfw)

Re:Christmas special? (2, Informative)

Aliotroph (1297659) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951610)

William Hartnell had one: Episode 7 of "The Daleks' Master Plan" in 1965. It was a farcical addition to a way-too-long serial.

Re:Christmas special? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951324)

Doctor Who has had Christmas special every year since it came back

Re:Christmas special? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951364)

Doctor Who isn't sci-fi. It's a sci-fantasy show for children.

Re:Christmas special? (1)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951940)

What is science fiction? At what point does it cross the line from speculative or science fiction to fantasy?

Faster than light travel? Mind reading? Force shields? Time travel? Teleportation?

On the face of it it's not different than magic. A wizard casts a teleport spell or a cleric calls on arcane protection for his/her deity or an evil stepfather peers into a magic mirror.. Indistinguishable from magic, indeed.

Imagine someone from the 18th, 19th or even 20th century seeing a smart phone or a Ferarri? Heck, my standard issue Fenix flashlight would probably astound people today.

Re:Christmas special? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32952058)

BS. I hear that kind of crap all the time, but there is, surprisingly, a difference between SF and Fantasy. SF makes a claim that its special effects can be explained by forces that are present in the observable universe - electricity, gravity, etc. Fantasy generally does not make these claims: The One Ring just spontaneously made people invisible, with no discussion as to the method.

Obviously, there are places where lines are crossed. Several 'Fantasy' series take a scientific approach to their 'magic' or other effects (I'm looking at you, Mistborn), and quite a lot (probably most) of 'SF' explains technology with handwaving (Star Wars, 'nuf said). At that level the supposed difference is usually one of setting rather than method.

Re:Christmas special? (3, Interesting)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#32952014)

Doctor Who isn't sci-fi. It's a sci-fantasy show for children.

You're looking for the Sarah Jane Adventures [wikipedia.org]. Doctor Who is more sci-comedy, at least some of the episodes like "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" or "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone" are far too dark for a children's show. But it has a lot more in common with 3rd Rock from the Sun [wikipedia.org] which is a sitcom with aliens than it has to do with hard science fiction. The "rules" of travelling in space and time and between universes have been set and broken so many times over by now they can just make anything up. But the only ones who can't get a good laugh out of it are sci-fi snobs who calls everything else children's shows.

Re:Christmas special? (5, Interesting)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 3 years ago | (#32952084)

at least some of the episodes like "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" or "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone" are far too dark for a children's show.

Bah! Maybe American children. Hiding behind the sofa from the Doctor Who aliens is a right of passage for British children. Did you see the "Pandorica Opens" episode, where the severed cyberman helment pops open and the desicated skull pops out? The general reaction over here was: "my seven year old ran out of the room in fear - good episode!"

Re:Christmas special? (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951482)

That wasn't Christmas, it was Wookie Life Day--a day when we celebrate horrid musical performances and godawful comedy bits.

Why do the best ones always leave early? (2)

deep9x (1068252) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951240)

I did enjoy Tennant, but Eccleston and Smith are on a whole different level for me. To be fair, Smith has the benefits of a better showrunner.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (3, Interesting)

Zeros (1016135) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951318)

I feel Tennant was a god among the doctors, this kid is second.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

OS24Ever (245667) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951382)

I agree. Tennant was awesome. Smith however did an excellent stepping in and take over and I've very much enjoyed his performance. Would be sad to see him go so quickly. It was a perfect bit of casting really to pick him up after Tennant.

Looking forward to catching the season finale next week on BBC America. It's been a bit torturous to watch it as it airs here knowing you could easily get it online.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

Raisey-raison (850922) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951572)

I totally agree that he was awesome and it will be so sad if he goes. Can't they offer more money or something?

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

oh_my_080980980 (773867) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951628)

Yeah he's not bad.

Wonder if Tennant would be interested in doing it again! Would be an interesting twist to regeneration, going back to an old form....

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951962)

The real question is why would any sane person give it up? It's steady work, you have a large audience, the franchise is practically a national institution in one country and is rapidly becoming such in many others. And you don't even have to spend a 9-5 in a stuffy office.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (3, Insightful)

Kierthos (225954) | more than 3 years ago | (#32952092)

They don't want to be typecast. That's probably the simplest reason.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951360)

I completely agree, at first I was hesitant of Matt Smith because he was so young for a doctor but within the the 10 minutes of his first episode I knew he would be great and that I would enjoy the series, which I thoroughly did.

I also enjoyed watching Eccleston as the doctor too and was quite pissed he left so soon because he didn't want to get 'pidgenholed' as the doctor. Honestly can't remember what film I last saw him in and don't know what his last film he made was. I guess he wants obscurity, shame really.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951592)

I prefer the first two. This guy doesn't cut it, and the new writer is inadequate too.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951748)

yes yes yes - I thought it was only me!
This guy just ain't got what it takes...
sad but true

turned it back into a kids sci-fantasy show.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

eln (21727) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951596)

Smith took a little getting used to, but I have learned to like him. Eccleston and Tennant were very good as well. Honestly, since the show came back there hasn't been a bad or even mediocre doctor. I'm really not sold on Amy Pond yet though. She's pretty to look at, but I'm not sure I like the character. Also, the way they got rid of her fiancee seemed unnecessarily random and sudden like they've been trying to get rid of him the moment he was introduced (which they probably were). Maybe I was just spoiled with Donna and Rose who were both excellent characters with reasonably well-fleshed-out backstories.

I would hate to see Smith pull an Eccleston and leave right when he was really starting to make the character his own, though. It amazes me how people can come in saying playing the Doctor was their biggest dream in life (as Smith did) and then drop it so quickly.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (2, Insightful)

dancingmilk (1005461) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951728)

Maybe after doing it for awhile they have realized its not the dream they thought it was. Not an uncommon occurrence in the world.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (4, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951964)

"What do you mean the TARDIS isn't real?"
"Matt... It's a set, just like everything else"
"Well, if I can't have a real TARDIS, I'm leaving. And I'm taking the sonic screwdriver with me."
"The sonic screwdriver? But that's just a... Oh! Nevermind."

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

ahankinson (1249646) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951732)

Umm... not to be a spoiler, but you might want to catch up on the series if you think they killed her fiancee. Just sayin'.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 3 years ago | (#32952008)

This is Slashdot. You can certainly reveal that he was never human at all, just one of those plastic guys.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (1)

easterberry (1826250) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951734)

I agree with this entirely. I didn't like Smith or the new season really until around the finale. It seemed a bit kiddy, like Fisher Price: my first doctor. And

(spoiler alert)

they brought the fiance back. He's going to be a character for at least the start of the next season. Though I didn't like how he was basically just a white Mickey.

Re:Why do the best ones always leave early? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951858)

Warning: Spoiler for some US viewers who aren't caught up yet alert.

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They haven't gotten rid of her fiancee, Rory - the wedding was at the end of episode 13 (And he's probably not still a Nestene duplicate now, unless Pond likes that stuff. She's still a frellin nympho, which is frankly refreshing.)

I can practically hear the brittish accent.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951244)

I've tremendously enjoyed the Smith/Gillan combo personally.

I greatly fear we shan't be in Wimbledon by noonfall.

The Sun eh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951256)

Considering he's signed up for a minimum of a 3 year contract with an optional two, I don't see him bowing out of Who at the end of next year...

Also with the exception of their story on Eccleston, The Sun is by and large a load of bollocks.

Re:The Sun eh... (1)

emurphy42 (631808) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951312)

Also with the exception of their story on Eccleston, The Sun is by and large a load of bollocks.

Both halves of which are explicitly pointed out in TFA:

Normally I would take such a rumour with a grain of salt, especially as it comes from a British tabloid, The Sun. However, The Sun ran a similar story (a highly accurate one as it turned out) regarding former Doctor Who cast star Christopher Eccleston, who also left the series earlier than expected.

Re:The Sun eh... (5, Informative)

Two9A (866100) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951414)

The Telegraph reports Karen Gillan as specifically denying [telegraph.co.uk] that Smith's going anywhere, so this is just a spurious attempt by the Sun to generate "news".

Here's hoping Smith stays on for at least 3 years, and we get some more multi-season arcs going.

Dr, Who has become nothing more than a springboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951288)

Unknown actors will take the role, stay for around a year or so, and then move on to better things. Dr. Who is alright, but it's children's television, and no serious actor wants to be typecast as a sci-fi superhero.

Re:Dr, Who has become nothing more than a springbo (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951362)

With a face like the new Doctors I think Sci-fi Superhero is the best he may be able to get.

Thank god (1)

Moldiver (1343577) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951294)

Thank god and away with him as fast as possible - the new series was so damn bad. Hope it gets better with another actor.

Re:Thank god (2, Informative)

Sancho (17056) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951388)

It's all the writing. I don't particularly care for Matt Smith, but I think that's my problem--having an unholy love for the previous Doctor. But for me, it's pretty hard to get past all of the continuity they've been screwing with, and even when they aren't doing that, the writing is just bad.

Re:Thank god (1)

0123456 (636235) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951794)

even when they aren't doing that, the writing is just bad.

But it was in most of the previous seasons too. Whatsisname's scripts basically came down to setting up a situation with lots of conflict and then waving the sonic screwdriver to make everything go back to normal ('Doctor, there are three million Daleks outside who want to talk to you about this script for Hamlet they've worked out' buzz from sonic screwdriver 'Not any more'); not to mention Rose reappearing every third episode even though at the end of the episode the Doctor would say that she really was gone for good this time.

Admittedly this season hasn't actually got here yet so for all I know it could be even worse, but it doesn't have much to compare to.

Re:Thank god (1)

Deus777 (535407) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951956)

I agree. I've been watching this season, and while I like some parts of the stories, I just don't like how the Doctor in particular is written. I don't enjoy this season nearly as much as I did the previous 4 seasons.

I'm fine with the Amy Pond character. I don't really like Matt Smith as the Doctor, but I am trying to keep an open mind. It's hard to separate how his character is written from how he is playing the role.

It will be surprisingly okay (3, Insightful)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951302)

In the revived series, each time the actor playing the Doctor has changed, I expected that the new one couldn't be as great as the one retiring. But I've been pleasantly surprised each time.

So while I'm sad to see the current one go, I'm meta-okay with it.

No worries (-1, Flamebait)

Improv (2467) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951320)

The last canonical Doctor is the seventh anyhow.

I disagree (3, Interesting)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951490)

You're is a small minority if you're a Who fan and not enjoying the new series. The new show has made efforts to honor the older shows and maintain a reasonable continuity. The storytelling has been solid, a good run of actors... I'm a fan of the older shows too but I don't see any reason to dislike the newer episodes.

And I hope they can keep Smith on for 3 or 4 seasons. That's the average run for most of the Doctors.

They're going to need to write around that 13th regeneration limit before long...

Re:I disagree (1, Interesting)

Improv (2467) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951534)

The new series is a remake in the same way the recent Battlestar Galactica is. There may be nods all around, but it doesn't go much beyond that.

Re:I disagree (1)

Improv (2467) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951698)

Also - one more possible nod in the new series would be to handle the Valeyard. But then, they've diverged far enough from proper continuity that it'd be hard to do it in a way that makes sense.

Re:I disagree (1)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951854)

The Master got past that limit on regeneration long ago though. And there is speculation that the limit was only artificially created by the governing Time Lords as a means of getting their people to enjoy their lives to the fullest and then move on to death.

PLEASE!!!! (3, Insightful)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951350)

Bring back Tom Baker!

Re:PLEASE!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951588)

As someone who has been rewatching the Tom Baker episodes I can honestly say that they do not stand the test of time.

Man this is out of date already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951352)

http://www.list.co.uk/article/27226-matt-smith-sticks-with-doctor/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mandrake/7897262/Doctor-Who-star-Matt-Smith-is-staying-put-says-Karen-Gillan.html

Multi-year contracts (4, Insightful)

CommieLib (468883) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951370)

For the love of God, can you lock these actors into three year contracts, please? Tennant did right by the role, but Eccleston and Smith have burned up their regenerations wastefully...

Re:Multi-year contracts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951456)

Eccleston actually wanted to do more seasons, but the writers really wanted to do a regeneration shortly into the relaunch so that new fans could be introduced to the concept.

Re:Multi-year contracts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951514)

what a load of bull Eccleston did it on the explicit understanding he'd only do it for one season he didn't want to get typecast etc RTD was happy as he wanted the series to end with a bang and wanted a well known person who'd appeared in films so people wouldn't say it was just a kids thing

Re:Multi-year contracts (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951756)

Actually Eccleston didn't get along with some of the rest of the staff.

http://scifimafia.com/2010/06/the-real-reason-why-christopher-eccleston-quit-doctor-who/

“I was open-minded but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn’t want to do any more I didn’t enjoy the environment and the culture that we, the cast and crew, had to work in.”

It's well known Eccleston only wanted one year (1)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951708)

It wasn't known if the Who re-launch would even be successful and Eccleston didn't want to get tied down. Over the course of his one season Eccleston and Davies had creative differences (meaning they didn't get along).

Re:Multi-year contracts (1)

Speare (84249) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951662)

Rabid fandom aside, maybe the role is just not very interesting for the actors themselves. Write something punchier that doesn't involve completely confusing and self-contradictory. Alternative theory: they are just stressing the 'who!?' part of 'Dr Who' these days.

Good Riddance... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951384)

Not to take anything away from Mr. Smith, who has acted his part quite well, but he simply doesn't fit with my perception of the Doctor.

Dr. Who is:
-creative
-intelligent
-witty
-civilized

Well done, Mr. Smith.

Dr. Who is NOT:
-twelve years old

Sorry, but it just doesn't work.

Re:Good Riddance... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951530)

Dr. Who is NOT:
-twelve years old

He was once.

Re:Good Riddance... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951970)

Dr. Who is NOT:

-twelve years old

He was once.

Or will be someday. :P

Re:Good Riddance... (1)

Anonymous Monkey (795756) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951692)

Not so fast, The Doctor has been getting younger, and more manic from the first very first regeneration. Also, other time lords seem to get older with each regeneration. I think the 12 regeneration cap, and the tendency to get older with each regeneration would be more about your life stile and mind than your body.

Re:Good Riddance... (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951996)

After the end of time arc I'm happy with a brighter happier and more cheerful Doctor. Gloomy doctor worked for Tennant at the end but for a fresh start, give me a doctor that can have the balls to wear a bow tie and a fucking fez!

People always think they can do better don't they (1)

physburn (1095481) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951390)

In Acting role for an Iconic Hero, which will likely run continuously for years, but he thinks (vainly) that hollywood is crying out for actor, Leaving early would wreck his career not advance it.

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12th Doctor (1)

hessiebell (96039) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951404)

this is fine by me. i love Amy Pond, but i'm still fairly meh about Matt Smith as The Doctor. i've already got his replacement picked: Robert Sheehan [imdb.com]. he'd make a great 12th Doctor!

Of course (1)

Exitar (809068) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951418)

"Smith would like to try his hand at Hollywood films"

He wants easy bucks and hot chicks!

Re:Of course (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951762)

Actually, I think in the tradition of Dr. Who, he wants to beat some other old concepts to death through tedious remake after remake. Each of them getting a little worse and a bit more tired. Hollywood seems to do this well as did Dr. Who. I wonder if he's going to go for one of the roles in the next Trek film?

Probably worth pointing out... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951434)

Probably worth pointing out this rumour comes from The Sun, a British tabloid not exactly known for it's reliability.

Karen Gillan says Matt is staying (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951442)

Doctor Who star Matt Smith is staying put, says Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan, who plays Doctor Who's assistant, says Matt Smith isn't going to Los Angeles
Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, the assistant to Matt Smith's Doctor Who, has reassuring news for his fans. The actor isn't about to decamp to Los Angeles.

"Matt will be sticking around," she told me at the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park Polo Club yesterday. "I think those rumours were made up."

Karen, left, added that she and Smith have started filming the Doctor Who Christmas special, and adds that the atmosphere on the set is "great."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mandrake/7897262/Doctor-Who-star-Matt-Smith-is-staying-put-says-Karen-Gillan.html

better matt tahn depp. (1)

leuk_he (194174) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951458)

There is a romour that hollywood wants to make a doctor who movie. J depp [blastr.com] is named as a dr who actor (I think Depp would fit the role of the bad guy better, but who am i).

But if Matt were to play the Hollywood doctor ...

Or... (5, Insightful)

Spad (470073) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951484)

Shitty tabloid with history of claiming every Doctor Who star is quitting at the end of the next season claims current Doctor Who star is quitting at the end of the next season.

It's just The Sun (1)

Shrubbman (3807) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951508)

I've seen this rumour flying around all weekend and it all comes from an article published in The Sun, not exactly the epitome of journalistic integrity.

Well, (1)

Aladar (1859564) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951544)

So, what now, get another actor that leaves after a season, and wrap the series completely? IIRC, the next will be the last reincarnation, right?

Re:Well, (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951638)

> IIRC, the next will be the last reincarnation, right?

Why? Yeah yeah, once upon a time some DR Who writer said there'd be 12, but...well, who cares? Either ignore it (and make a joke of never referring to it, on screen or in interviews), or just come up with an excuse. Dr Who is one of - if not the - longest running show on UK TV, and there's no way that, if it's still popular, they're going to drop the whole franchise because of a throwaway sentence 50 years ago.

It's a salary negotiation ploy (2, Insightful)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951546)

Matt Smith's contract gives him a salary of only £200,000 per year - far lower than the estimated £1,000,000 earned by Tennant. He just happened to sign on at exactly the wrong time - the global economic crisis was in full swing, and the BBC (as a public broadcaster) had come under attack for its seemingly extravagant on-air talent salaries. If he can raise his profile enough over the next couple of years to attract serious attention from Hollywood, he can easily earn more than £200,000 from a single film. Let's hope that a reasonable compromise can be met before the second season is up, because the revolving door of doctors is getting tiring.

Think of all the hints River had dropped (1)

daveywest (937112) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951558)

In nearly every episode River Song has appeared in, she comments on how young The Doctor appears. It doesn't surprise me that this rumor is making the rounds, and I'd bet Matt was told from the beginning he wouldn't be around too long.

Too bad though 'cause bow ties are cool!

It's time for a non-white Doctor (5, Interesting)

lseltzer (311306) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951594)

Of course the Doctor will remain a British alien, but there's no reason he has to be white. How about a Indian? Are there any such actors who would do well in this role?

Re:It's time for a non-white Doctor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951694)

You are weirdly begging for Dev Patel to be posted and I won't have it.

Re:It's time for a non-white Doctor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951738)

Patterson Joseph was heavily rumoured to be on a short-list before Matt Smith was announced; after seeing him in Peep Show and a few other things, I think he had the potential to make an excellent doctor.

Re:It's time for a non-white Doctor (1)

squizzar (1031726) | more than 3 years ago | (#32952076)

I concur, I think he would be awesome. Especially if he can transfer some Alan Johnson type persona into the role. "You'll be my Cheech and Chong ... the iron fist in my velvet glove ... the spiky balls on the end of my stick!"

Chiwetel Ejiofor... (3, Interesting)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951808)

... was rumored to be on the short list of candidates to follow Tennant. Ejiofor was great in Serenity and Children of Men. He would have been a really great Doctor.

Who, M.D. (4, Funny)

raguirre (986049) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951634)

If this rumour happens to be true, I think it's a good time to nominate Hugh Laurie for the next doctor...

Wow... (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951674)

" I've tremendously enjoyed the Smith/Gillan combo personally."

The Doctor rarely gets so involved with fans. His sidekicks I dunno, though Billie Piper seemed to be a lot of fun UNTIL she met the Doctor. He spoils them all, you know. Something about the Sonic Screwdriver probably. Just a common old screwdriver doesn't seem to make the same impression.

I wish.

Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32951802)

Who is this guy?

God awful writing (1)

The Outlander (1279696) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951812)

The problem with the current doctor is the god awful writing he has to work with.

I think amy solved more puzzles than the doctor in the last series. If you want a female doctor then find some balls and have one instead of fannying around with a female sidekick who fixes more things then the doctor himself.

Where's the irony? (1)

evolvearth (1187169) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951870)

"Ironically Matt Smith, the youngest Doctor Who ever, apparently wants to retire early"

Irony... I don't think it means what you think it means.

i love the current doctor (2, Insightful)

mldi (1598123) | more than 3 years ago | (#32951950)

In my opinion, he's the best the show has seen. That's a shame that he feels it's beneath him to stay beyond 2 seasons.

Bizarro-land (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32952038)

I had been watching Dr Who since the '70's and I was so disappointed with the Matt Smith character, I stopped watching it!!!

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