I hope you’re ready to sob uncontrollably into a plate of Jammie Dodgers this Christmas.
Matt Smith, who inspired countless nerds to don bowties and fezzes at conventions worldwide, is leaving Doctor Who after this year.
The 2013 Christmas special will mark the end of 11th and arguably most whimsical Doctor the show has ever seen. Says showrunner Steven Moffat:
Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him – sometimes literally – his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor.
But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt – bow ties were never cooler.