He's at it again! Matt Smith sure does like to work everyone up into a fever over how much longer he'll play the Doctor. This time it was at the National Television Awards that our young Mr. Smith got everyone into such a tizzy.
It was the Radio Times who first tweeted about it, quoting:
"I've got a year of Who left."
That, of course, is only part of the quote. A bit of context reveals that he actually said, "I'm here for the future, I love making the show. I have no plans to leave. I've got a year of Who, and I'll take it from there, really."
And if you'd like to hear it directly from the Time Lord's mouth, there's even video footage.
So with all that evidence, why are people still wondering? Well, it might have something to do with the fact that Matt Smith has developed a bit of a knack for talking about leaving, going to Hollywood, and doing films. This isn't our first rodeo when it comes to Matt Smith departure stories.
Indeed, he wouldn't be the first to hint at leaving, take it all back, and then leave exactly as originally scheduled. Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for the first two series of Doctor Who's reboot, went through nearly the same thing. She was leaving, then she wasn't, but then she did.
Also, as the show itself so often reminds us, the Doctor lies. Which leaves the lot of us Who fans spinning around in circles over who is leaving and when, just as much as we do over the actual plot of the show.
Doctor Who's 50th anniversary does seem like the perfect time for a regeneration, doesn't it? Oh, Matt Smith, how you vex us with your "We'll see how it goes."
(via Doctor Who TV)