That was unexpected. I believe at one point, Smith had claimed that he’d be back in 2014, but as C. Rob suggested previously, he did not have a contract stipulating as much. Alas, Matt Smith won’t be back next year, although he will be around for the 50th Anniversary and, according to the BBC, he’ll be regenerating again during this year’s Christmas special.
While the series itself has been wildly uneven under Steven Moffat, Matt Smith has fit very well into the character, and to be honest, he was just starting to really grow on me. He had at least surpassed Eccelston in my estimation, and I was finally able to think of “Doctor Who” as Matt Smith’s show, and not as David Tennant’s show with a substitute.
So it goes. Hopefully, Clara Oswin will stick around to ease the transition.
Smith had this to say in a statement.
“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.”
Moffat also added his own statement:
“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!”