Matt Smith Makes A Thank You Video For Doctor Who Cast, Crew And Fans
If you’ve been living under a rock, you may have somehow managed to miss the sad but inevitable news that Matt Smith is leaving the BBC program, Doctor Who, which airs on BBC America in the States. On Friday, the network released a nice video from the show’s main man, which pulls a Love Actually and offers a sincere written thank you to the cast, crew, and fans that have been involved with the show since Smith began appearing as the Eleventh Doctor in 2010. If you aren’t familiar with the scene from Love Actually, it involves a long, handwritten note on several pages of notebook paper. Each page is held up to the camera for a few seconds before getting dropped, leaving space for viewers to read the new page.
Shoutouts in the note include a few of the people in the crew, as well as writer Steven Moffat, whom Smith describes as “The Scribe” and “The Pen.” At the end of the video, Smith breaks his silence to once more thank everything and everyone who helped to make him a household name on Doctor Who. Smith has already moved on to new projects, with Deadline reporting he actually took a break from filming How To Catch a Monster to put out this message.
Smith initially announced his exit at the beginning of June. At that time, the man also offered a statement expressing his sincere thanks to the cast, crew, and fans, but apparently the actor felt a statement wasn’t enough. The good news is that fans haven’t seen the last of Smith. He’ll star in “the unmissable” 50th anniversary special on November 23, 2013. A new Time Lord will take his place during the Christmas Special which will air a month later.
The 50th Anniversary should be a big one, including numerous events. A second project related to the big event will be written by Mark Gatiss and has already signed on David Bradley and a slew of other names, including Jessica Raine, Brian Cox, Sacha Dhawan, and more.
It could still be a while before we hear who will take over as Smith’s replacement. An announcement is expected to be made sometime late this summer or early in the fall. In the interim, rumors have already begun abounding about what sort of person will take over the hot seat. Skyfall actor Rory Kinnear was rumored to have been approached for the role, but those rumors were later debunked. Suffice to say, we have no idea who will eventually take over, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.
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