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Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

smith-tennant-day-of-the-doctorMatt Smith has said that he is happy to reprise his role as the 11th Doctor for a future multi-Doctor anniversary story.

At the Wizard World Con panel, Smith spoke fondly of working with David Tennant: “It was a real historic moment for me. I always look at David and go, ‘Oh my god. It’s Doctor Who!’

“David is a great guy and a good friend. It was so fun. Doctors in the same room is just magic, isn’t it!”

He enthused: “I’ll happily come back for another anniversary!”

See you in 2023.

Step back in time...

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teddybowties
teddybowties

we love oyu too Matty. come back anytime. You're one of the greats, along with those other 11 guys. ;)

IanOTimelord
IanOTimelord

He might come back next year if they did a special story for the tenth anniversary of NU WHO.

Ryuuchi
Ryuuchi

He has to come back. He just gotta. He's my favorite Doctor!

PaulThongkham
PaulThongkham

they could have 3 doctors for a special Capaldi Smith and Tennant

CapricornCross
CapricornCross

I think for the 10 years point of the new era, I would like to see Matt and David make a short cameo. Not fully per say, but let's say the 12th doctor faces a danger where he has to recall some events of his past lives and they pop up each for a little 30 - 1 minute flashback :) 




Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

Now that I have been thinking about this, the 60th anniversary in 2023 would mean that we potentially would be looking at the 13th or even the 14th Doctor at that point.  So how many Doctors would they really want in the 60th special?  If you are on the 14th Doctor, of course you would have that one, so you would potentially looking at 6 Doctors in the special since Eccleston.  That maybe too many to work into the show and make any sense of the plot. 




TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

"See you in 2023"


He's only just left, but reading that made me so excited to think it's a possibility! :D

awkward912
awkward912

I don't want anything major for the 10th anniversary of new Who, it's far too soon from the 50th and the new era reunion already happened in Journey's End. A story set in the Powell Estate/return of the Gelth/some subtle nod would be nice, but no more.

BJAMES
BJAMES

I don't want to open that particular can of worms again, but it just amazes me that you have virtually every other actor who's portrayed the Doctor (even those no longer with us were willing to and did) so eager to return if and when asked, and then there's Eccleston. He walks away after doing one series, turning down the opportunity to do more, and we have McGann cut short after the TV Movie, coming back for TNOTD, and wishing to and willing to do more. We have to let Eccleston go, and put him behind us, but one can't help but wonder what went down for him in his experience during Series One that puts him, alone, in the place of the odd man out.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

I love that he is so enthusiastic about the role, you can really see that he acknowledges Doctor Who as a big part of his career and will always have The Doctor with him. He also has great respect for the fans - much like Hartnell, Davison, McCoy, McGann and Tennant (and Colin Baker considering his original Doctor Who experience wasn't the good). It's always a nice touch when your favourite characters are portrayed by good people. 


Antee991166
Antee991166

Would love to see you back Smith! Although lets give Capaldi a chance at the reigns, at least for a while, although I wouldn't mind an appearance next year.

Skylord Marc
Skylord Marc

Well hopefully there will be a 10th anniversary to celebrate the return in 2005 :) David Matt and Peter in the same room :D I think the BBC would love to make money with a 10th anniversary, so fingers crossed :) 

supermoff
supermoff

Can't wait to see you again, Mr Smith! I'd certainly love to see him with Capaldi. Whilst Eleven's relationship with Ten was generally quite amiable, I think Twelve and Eleven would have a bickering relationship like the one shared between Two and Three. 

Freezenifitweet
Freezenifitweet

I'm hoping for an Eccleston + Capaldi minisode a la Time Crash for the 10th anniversary of New-Who. Hopefully if it was for charity Eccleston would do it.

DW_girl
DW_girl

Yay! I'd be glad to see him back! Also, would really love a return from Chris Eccleston (I reckon he'll give into the temptation in the end!)

AztecsDaleksAndCavemen
AztecsDaleksAndCavemen

I think it's funny the way we talk about 2015 as being an anniversary year. How many TV shows can actually logically say "we had a 50th anniversary special in 2013. Let's do a 10th anniversary special in 2015"?

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

I know that Eccleston isn't going to return this time, but I'll be glad if the next multi-doctor story somehow addresses this, with the current Doctor calling for his previous selves and Nine responding through a visual link. 

Twelve "Hey, Number Nine! Join the club! We need you!" 

Nine "NO." 

Twelve "What? What does that mean?" 

Nine "NO." 

Twelve "C'mon, you just can't be so rude with your other selves!". 

Nine "I SAID NO".

Twelve "Y'know, I'm thinking some very un-Doctor-ish suggestions for you, but children might consider them out of character"

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

Great to see another enthusiastic Doctor ready to come back to the helm in the future!

Cyberbloke
Cyberbloke

I feel like that's part of the reason they aged Matt's doctor in Time of the Doctor; so it'd be easier to justify his change in appearance 20 or 30 years down the line.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Who is the Doctor  By 2023 who knows what will have happened, the programme  might be off air, Matt Smith might be a Hollywood Superstar, or a struggling actor, desperate for work, and yes with Capaldi and potentially 2 or 3 Doctors after him, all of which might be EVEN more popular and Smith and Tennant, they might have to do a Peter Davison and produce their own anniversary special :-)

Oodkind
Oodkind

@Who is the Doctor You don't know who else would come back. Matt, it sounds like it. Tennant, maybe. Capaldi, probably. But I doubt Eccleston would return, and you never know who else would be Doctor by then, but it's possible that they wouldn't want to return so quickly.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

It's definetly not too soon considering we won't have a major Who anniversary for the next 8 years after that and it would be good to have something to watch over and over again just like the 50th. Before that I never actually thought I could watch an episode so many times and not get bored.

DaftDalek
DaftDalek

@BJAMES  You're so right! On the other hand, C. Baker despite being FIRED by BBC came back in Dimensions in Time for the 30th anniversary!

WellSpokenMan
WellSpokenMan

@BJAMES  Eccleston's excuse for not coming back is fair enough but its nothing compared to Colin Baker's treatment during the show and Colin actually went to a convention panel a year after he was fired! I say let it go Eccleston and come back for the fans!

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@BJAMES Apparently there was a lot of mistreatment of people working for the production team. He tried to stand up and threatened to leave, BBC did nothing so he carried out his threat.


Then what happens? The BBC tried to cover it up and said he did it out of fear of typecasting and to this day many rather thick people still believe that, even though Eccelston has denied that numerous times.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Really if all the awards(so far nominations but here's hoping) and all the media attention the 50th anniversary got don't make the BBC consider a special multi doctor episode for next year I don't know what could. And by then Capaldi will be fully established so that won't be a problem.

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen Yeah. Instead of doing a new who 10th anniversary, they should just have Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat write an episode together. How great would that be?

Unibot
Unibot

@Cyberbloke  I can see it now:

"I can't leave Trenzalore" says Matt. 

"That's okay Doctor, The Doctor will stay behind for you while you're off" 


*in walks Hartnell* 



"Don't you worry my boy, don't you worry..." says Hartnell. 


BJAMES
BJAMES

@DaftDalek @BJAMES I had actually forgotten about that. "Dimensions In Time", not Colin. You just made me remember. Ouch.

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

@WellSpokenMan @BJAMES Yeah. The way Colin Baker was treated by the BBC was disgraceful. And if that wasn't bad enough, Eric Saward decided to blame the show's decline in popularity on him.

BJAMES
BJAMES

@WellSpokenMan @BJAMES Well spoken and on point. If anyone had a reason to not agree with the "culture" or not "see eye to eye" with BBC management, it was Colin. If anyone got screwed over or mistreated by the BBC it was him. And note his willingness to not only return to the role for Big Finish, but openly a return to the show. Different people, different perspectives, different attitudes, I guess.

BJAMES
BJAMES

@The_Eternal_Dalek @BJAMES And the BBC did contribute to botching it all up with the coverup you mentioned, a.k.a. his alleged fear of being typecast. Eccleston's CV and credibility, his talent and all that he had accomplished before Doctor Who, clearly set him apart from a "one trick" actor. I think RTD had a crisis on his hands. He added to the misdirection by stating that Eccleston was only ever meant to do one series. I think that the fallout we saw was an attempt at damage control. Bad damage control, but probably the best they could have done under the circumstances. Doctor Who was a runaway hit, and their leading man was abandoning ship. That makes David Tennant even more the miracle than we might have thought him to be.

BJAMES
BJAMES

@The_Eternal_Dalek @BJAMES There was one different element (that I know of) that was present, both during Eccleston's run and gone in Tennant's. That would be a person, producer Mal Young, who left after Series One as well. Perhaps there was a conflict there. Perhaps a personal one. That same production team, and BBC management, presided over Tennant's Series Two. Note he didn't leave after one year after not liking the "culture" he encountered, or not "seeing eye to eye" with management. If there was mistreatment of anyone, did Tennant ignore it? Did the BBC correct the problem after Eccleston left? Personally, I just don't think that Eccleston did a whole lot of thinking about all that would accompany taking on the role of the Doctor. Bill Nighy had turned down the role before him, because although he liked and respected the show, he didn't want the "baggage" (his word) that he knew would come with it. I think either actors "get" what they are getting into, or rather promptly acclimate to it when they take on Doctor Who. It isn't just another part, or another job. Once you're in, you don't ever really get out. Christopher Eccleston is a brilliant actor who did a brilliant job with his portrayal of the Doctor. But all the above considered, I think that whatever problem, culture, or climate that existed had as much to do with Eccleston as it did the BBC, or anyone within. My opinion, for what it's worth? He should never have accepted the role. I'm really glad he did, but he promptly realized he was in over his head.

awkward912
awkward912

@The_Eternal_Dalek @BJAMES The BBC messed up with Eccleston's departure, and might have contributed to his decision to leave in the first place. Having said that, I don't believe that he'd ever reprise the role whenever he left it.

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

If you think about it Eccleston has been the most successful after DW. 28 days later, gi joe, Thor the dark world

CherylRosecrans
CherylRosecrans

@The_Eternal_Dalek @BJAMES  that's the story I always heard. I wonder if he had an inkling of the sex abuse that was going on also. But it was quite vocal in the way he felt the back stage crew were treated which must have been quite unkind. David Tennant is very much a supporter of back stage people so it must have improved quite a bit by his tenure.

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@Romanadvoratrelundar @AlessandroArsuffiI can imagine Twelve criticizing Ten and Eleven for their being "too childish too often for a grown-up Time Lord", echoing Four's statement in "Robot" and somehow mimicking the War Doctor's attitude towards them. At the same time, I imagine Six and Seven will be his all-time favourites.