Earlier this summer, rumors sprang up that actor Matt Smith was looking to leave “Doctor Who” after work was done on series six.
Now comes a story from the UK’s Daily Telegraph that the BBC is eager to hang on to the young actor until at least 2013. That date is significant for “Who” fans–it’s the fiftieth anniversary of the show.
A source allegedly said: “The current team believe that Matt is the person to continue taking the show forward over the next few years and want to avoid the prospect of fans having to get used to yet another actor in the role in the near future.”
The insider is also said to have confirmed that Smith has no plans to leave the role.
“Matt has made it clear he’s keen to commit himself to the series for the long-term,” they claimed.
However, a BBC spokeswoman apparently denied that casting had been finalised so far in advance.
“From Matt’s point of view he’s loving playing the part and has no plans to quit,” she confirmed. [However], we aren’t in a position to provide a comment as to whether he’ll be playing the part in 2013.”