According to the BBC, 2013 is the last time we’ll see Matt Smith as the Doctor. His last appearance will be in this year’s Christmas special, which means we’ve only got two more episodes of Eleven ever before Twelve becomes a thing.
In his official statement, Smith said:
“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.”
Alongside the obvious sads that come with the changing of the Time Lord guard, this raises several issues. First of all, I feel like the show is sort of rocketing itself toward completion—it took forty-odd years to get through the first eight Doctors and we’ve been through three in the last eight years. I know the actors may want to move on with their careers but it’s depressing that there can’t be some casting stability.
I’m also sad that we never got to see Smith’s Doctor under a showrunner who isn’t Steven Moffat. I’ve never been quiet about all my issues with Moffat from both a storytelling and feminist perspective, and I would have liked to see Eleven flourish under a less problematic writer.
Looking forward, though, I can only hope for the best for the show. I doubt that anyone but a white dude (probably ginger) will get the Twelve role—Moffat isn’t exactly known for his interest in thoughtful, diverse casting, whatever the BBC’s official colorblind policy may say—but I hold out hope that maybe this will be the regeneration that brings some diversity, whether in race or gender, to a role that has so far always been played by a Caucasian male.
Everyone’s pulling for Idris Elba, but I think Richard Ayoade could kill it.
How do you feel about the news, dear readers? And who would you like to see play the Twelfth Doctor?