Matt Smith: I won’t give up Dr Who any time soon

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed he’s definitely remaining as The Doctor for the foreseeable future in BBC1’s classic sci-fi series.

“It’s certainly not a part I want to give up any time soon,” Matt told at Monday’s launch of the sixth series of Doctor Who at London’s Olympia.

He revealed he definitely wanted to stick around for this year’s Christmas special, but said of after that: “Who knows?”

He went on: “I kind of take it a year at a time and I finish shooting this season in a month so thereafter we’ll wait and see. There’s a Christmas special so I guess that means that everyone will sit down and figure it out, but it’s certainly something I’m keen to be involved with because I love it, I love playing Doctor Who, or rather the Doctor in Doctor Who – it’s a thrilling job so who knows?”

Also at the event, the Doctor’s first two-part adventure set in America was shown publicly for the first time. It sees the Time Lord team up with companions Amy, Rory and River Song, played by Alex Kingston, as they travel to 1969 to battle a terrifying new enemy called The Silence and meet US President Richard Nixon in the White House.

Executive producer Steven Moffatt also revealed that this series will see guest stars ranging from Hugh Bonneville, Suranne Jones, James Corden, Danny Mays, Lily Cole, David Walliams and Michael Sheen.

“You’re going to get some real cliffhangers, some real belters,” said Steven of the new series, which will take a mid-season break after the seventh episode.

Matt agreed that some moments of filming even shocked him. “At the end of episode six for instance, we all just went ‘Oh My God!'” he said.

Doctor Who’s first episode of series six, called The Impossible Astronaut, will be shown on Saturday, April 23.

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