Last night the BBC announced that Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year. He will play the Doctor in the 50th anniversary special in November and in this year’s Christmas special – during which the Doctor will regenerate.
It is just over four years since Smith first appeared as the Doctor (in The Eleventh Hour) and since then, he has starred in three series of the programme.
It has previously been confirmed that Jenna-Louise Coleman will be in the next series, so now speculation will start as to who will be her co-star.
The title of the finale for series 7 has been announced by the BBC with the release of the poster for the episode. The title is “The Name of the Doctor”. The poster also reveals that Alex Kingston will be starring in the episode (presumably playing River Song).
Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann have all said that they will not be in the 50th anniversary special. And it’s hard to accuse them of misleading us as the special is currently being filmed and they are in Australia.
The BBC have confirmed that Jemma Redgrave will be taking part in the 50th anniversary special. She will be playing Kate Stewart (the daughter of the Brigadier) who was last seen in The Power of Three.