Doctor Who Star Matt Smith Set To Quit?
Time Lord reportedly wants to bow out after this year's Christmas special...
The actor, who will then have played the Time Lord for four years, is claimed by The Sun to be ready to bow out after this year's Christmas special - with Hollywood stardom in his sights.
His contract is understood to expire in November and he is apparently planning to hang up his sonic screwdriver then.
Smith, 30, is understood to have already been cast as the male lead in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut How To Catch A Monster.
And he was playing it coy when asked by Jonathan Ross how long we would stay in Doctor Who recently.
"I am very happy doing it. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special. At the moment it’s 2013 and we will see what 2014 holds."
The BBC has downplayed the speculation that Smith is set to leave, saying: "Sorry folks but even we don't know what's going to happen at Christmas. It's not been written yet! But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday."