The Word: Will a woman replace Matt Smith on ‘Doctor Who’?

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11:  Matt Smith filming on location for 'Doctor Who' in Central Park on April 11, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Matt Smith has announced that he is leaving the lead role in “Doctor Who.” Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage

Just when it seemed like his lanky form might be flopping around the TARDIS forever, Matt Smith has announced that he’s leaving “Doctor Who.” He’ll stick around for the 50th anniversary special in November, as well as the Christmas special, but then he’s out.

“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 realize 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,” Matt said on the BBC website.

“But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go.”

So who will play the 12th doctor after the Bowtied One makes his exit? No one’s been cast yet — but note the vagueness of pronouns in showrunner Steven Moffat’s statement: “Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. 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!”

Could Moffat be considering casting a woman in the iconic role of the Doctor? That really would be exciting.



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