Every year during the Doctor Who hiatus, stories spring up about whether or not the current Doctor is leaving the role any time soon. And while we don’t yet know if the upcoming series will be Matt Smith’s last in the role, we do know he plans to leave the role before he ties or breaks the record set by Tom Baker.
Baker played the fourth Doctor for seven years from 1974-81 and while Smith says that’s impressive, he also doesn’t see himself staying with Doctor Who that long.
“I think there will need to be a younger, cooler person than me—or maybe an older, cooler person, who knows? But I don’t think I’ll be doing it as long as Mr. Baker,” Smith tells Doctor Who Online.
“I just sort of take each year as it comes, really. We’ve got all the rest of this year to get through, and then we’ll just sit down and review it from there and see where it goes,” Smith says. “But I love playing the part, and I love working with [writer] Steven Moffat.”