Matt Smith 'Leaving Doctor Who Could Be Mistake'
Actor admits he's uncertain about decision to give up sci-fi role...
Speaking to The Wrap at the Television Critics' Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills, the 30-year-old actor revealed his misgivings about quitting.
He said: "I've done it for four years and we shoot nine to 10 months per year. The show has come to a natural tipping point. I'll miss it. It's a hard choice.
"I've pondered it and I've thought I've made a huge mistake. It has transformed my career. It has been wonderful for my life and my family's life."
Smith is set to appear in the show's 50th anniversary special and its Christmas special before he hangs up his sonic screwdriver.
"I feel proud to be part of such a wonderful legacy of the actors," he explained. "The 50th anniversary will honour the ones before me. Then, the show will get bigger and better. People will forget me."
And it has been reported that the eagerly awaited special will be screened simultaneously around the globe.
The Sun claims that the show will be screened at 8pm on November 23 on BBC1, meaning that fans in Los Angeles will see it at noon and viewers in Sydney will have to get up at 6am.
The show has been sold to 200 countries and is expected to become the world's biggest-ever drama simulcast - reaching 100 million viewers.
An insider told the paper: "The 50th anniversary special is a massive deal for fans around the world who were petrified the secrets would leak online the moment it aired in Britain."