Matt Smith has revealed that he will carry on playing Doctor Who until at least 2014.
The actor is already working on shows for next year’s series and has described the concept behind future episodes as “brilliant”, even though show boss Steven Moffat hasn’t written them yet.
Digital Spy reports Matt as saying: “It hasn’t been written yet but the idea is as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven. So there’s a lot to look forward to.
“When Steven was going to pitch the next season to me not long ago, he said, ‘Are you ready to cry?’ ”
Matt, who returns to our screens in the autumn, added that he’s looking forward to the Doctor’s 50th anniversary celebrations next year.
“We want to do 50 years — and everyone that’s been associated with the show — justice. We want to go, ‘Look, world, here is Doctor Who. It’s 50 years old, a science-fiction show, still going and going from strength to strength’.
“Steven will do something brilliant. He’ll do something grand or maybe something very simple but he’ll come to it as a fan.
“He’ll go, ‘What would I want to see?’ ”
Despite his success in the role, he added that the Time Lord’s shoes weren’t necessarily easy to fill.
He said: “If you remember, when I took over, no one thought it would work. I was ‘too young’. David (Tennant) had come from a stellar era. I was unknown.
“For a month or two when I started I was like, ‘This is impossible. I can’t’ — just the pressure of it. Everyone was sort of going, ‘Go on, show us what you’ve got.’ I told myself, ‘If I can get through this I can get through anything’.”
Sadly, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill (who play Amy Pond and Rory Williams-Pond), are both leaving the sci-fi drama in the fifth episode of the new series.