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The Doctor will soon be out.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph this week, Matt Smith confirmed that he will soon exit Doctor Who, the iconic BBC series he joined as the titular hero in 2010.

Said the star, whose final appearance will be this year’s Christmas special:

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“Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience.”


Smith made a point to acknowledge long-time producer Steven Moffat and then, of course, turned his focus to the show’s followers.

“The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special.”

It’s unknown who will replace Smith in the lead role, but Jenna-Louise Coleman will stick around as the Doctor’s companion.