British tabloid “newspaper” The Sun are reporting that current Time Lord Matt Smith is to step down from his role as The Doctor in this years Christmas special of Doctor Who.
Below is the article from the paper –
DOCTOR Who bosses are lining up Matt Smith’s exit for Christmas — when he will regenerate into the 12th Time Lord.
The actor has made no bones about his ambition to crack Hollywood and has filmed new movie How To Catch A Monster with Ryan Gosling, which is released next year. Sources say bosses already have an idea of who they want to replace him, with work on the special due to get under way later in the year.
He said: “I am very happy doing it. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special. At the moment it’s 2013 and we will see what 2014 holds.” An insider said: “Matt has told bosses he wants to bow out at Christmas.”
Matt was little known when he signed up for the role in 2009, bagging a £200,000-a-year deal. It’s thought he now earns £1million a year — the same as previous Time Lord David Tennant when he left.
Last night, the BBC said in a statement: “Sorry folks but even we don’t know what’s going to happen at Christmas. It’s not been written yet! But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday.”
But, just like most things that The Sun broadcasts, take this so called news with a gratuitous pinch of salt. As Steven Moffat himself said – “Don’t believe a word unless you hear it directly from Matt or himself” so its quite literally a case of Who knows…
For now what is confirmed is that the second half of series 7 is due to start this Easter Saturday, March 30th, with a run of 8 epic episodes.