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Matt Smith to step down as Doctor Who

There were rumblings online tonight of some big Doctor Who news, and looks like we got it: Matt Smith is stepping down after the 2013 Christmas special, as confirmed by the Daily Telegraph.

There had been wonderings about Smith's future after recent split series and such - mathematically speaking, he has now done as many full series as his predecessor David Tennant. Three full years is often the most you see from a lead actor on British TV - perhaps we just don't have the money to throw at them.

Nonetheless, Smith has given us a lot of great stories - in fact, we counted down our Top Eleven Matt Smith episodes not long ago - and even in the weaker weeks, his performance was rarely the problem. Great, charismatic work in the part, and he'll be missed.

Both Jenna-Louise Coleman (aka companion Clara) and Steven Moffat sound like they're staying on according to that Daily Telegraph article, so now the question becomes - who is the next Doctor? And, if John Hurt really is now taking up one of the Doctor's thirteen regenerations, does that make the next one... the last?

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The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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