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Well, always chance to come back. I would love to see Matt back, even more David :-)
I am very ready for Twelve, but Eleven will always be my doctor. Although I could have watched him for one more season (I think he still had enough magic for one more), there's never a good time to go, is there? I wished he had stayed a bit longer, I am happy to see him doing well... Bittersweet.
Doctor who has made him recognisable because he has now been cast as a main character in terminator and I think it's good that he left on a high.
I think once he becomes a big star he wont miss it as much
Awwhh come here Matt ill cuddle ya better we can watch series 8 together nd cry because the doctor aint you
I think Matt will eventually see that it was best to leave while on top, although I will miss him very much. I think his future looks very bright. Plus, he can always come back for DW specials!
Poor Matt, he seemed to really enjoy working on Doctor Who so it must have been hard to leave. It would be so hard to make that decision without constantly wondering if you're doing the right thing.
*picks up the phone* Hey Moff, what's going on with Series 8? :D
I think all the Doctors have passed for that, I watched an interview with Peter Davison saying that he's tempted to do another series and David always has said that his decision of leave was a thing about he left when he left or he was never going to leave.
He's not alone there, Tom still says he shouldn't have left and I'm sure Chris has some regrets:)
I think he might have been a bit bored of doing doctor who that's why he kept looking around for work
I think it was the perfect ending for his doctor, but he was looking a bit tired in his last series and I am really glad we are getting an olderdoctor
Matt's an actor on the cusp of great things thanks to Who. To have stayed may have meant missing fantastic opportunities and he is still young enough to start a big career in the US if that is what he decides. There is a delicate balance between using The Doctor as a calling card in your future career or *being* The Doctor for the rest of your life notwithstanding the other work you do. Matt's timing seems perfect and The Doctor is likely to be a footnote in his CV rather than being a tag that he carries around. A few former doctors including DT have said that being the doctor means that the first line has already written on their obituary....
After being held over as the presiding Doctor in the 50th and then the DOTD finale, can't see what else his incarnation coukd do.
Bring on Capaldi. Everything I hear is so promising for a fresh start. Matt notwithstanding, haven't enjoyed Who that much since mid way through series 5.
Quit while you're ahead.
I have walked away from something good in my life, been through that terrifying limbo where you cannot know if you made the right move, then come out the other side and realise you traded up for something even better. I wish Matt had stayed, but respect the hell out of him for having the courage to make the leap of faith.
I really liked what Steven Moffat said about Matt at the 50th celebration that the Doctor would be proud of the person that Matt had become and tha way he carried himself during the time he spent playing the part.
That's probably the best compliment anyone could make and very true it is.
To be honest I don't think that any of the Doctors really stay for long enough. 3 series is actually not much compared to some TV shows, and some of the classic Doctors (especially Tom Baker himself (knighthood?)) :P But I enjoy the change and new adventures each Doctor and companion brings, and as long as it has been good, then there isn't much else to say I guess.
I'm even more anxious for fall now and I'll miss Matt but I think he would have regretted leaving no matter when he'd left.
They should at least make a documentary, something like 90 minutes long to celebrate the New Who anniversary next year. I think Tennant Smith and Capaldi would agree to do the interviews maybe even Ecclestone. And a docudrama written by Mark Gatiss would be just amazing...
I feel sorry for Matt, you can tell he is just in love with the show and thats good, any actor who loves what role they are playing really sells it. :) (One reason I am looking forward to Capaldi) Though one thing I would say to Matt if I had the chance, Hollywood is right there Matt, take it before its too late! :D Though a small part of me will admit I do with he had stayed for another year not just because he was my favourite but also Moffat would have had more time to resolve some of the questions at a better pace. Though they do say leave the audience wanting more and he certainly did that brilliantly. :D
It's best to go out on a high after three seasons than to leave after an average fourth season, though.
Matt definitely left a series too soon, as he was at his peak and his Doctor (after DOTD) was on a high (unlike Ten who's demise was predicted all through the specials.) I presume if he had done S8 he would have died of old age at the end of it in a similar way to the end of TOTD.
Eleven and Clara together, with no mysteries between them, would have been amazing, though I suspect Moff would have found a way to break them up, rather than whouffle becoming canon :-)
Out of all the Doctors that have come and gone in the 41 years that I've been a fan, I think Matt's the one i'll miss the most because he was exactly what I wanted the next Doctor to be when David Tennant announced he was leaving the show...
I always thought Matt should have done another season. In my opinion, The Time of the Doctor was a fantastic end for him but ultimately he made the right decision and should have no regrets. He is sure to have a huge career in the future and maybe staying on in Doctor Who for another season could have held him back.
@Mercy Reborn2 I hope a little that he does. It means the franchise meant more to him personally than just a career making role.
I can see that actors may wish to move on, but for some, the decision is forced; and I think that's what happened here. I doubt that Matt wanted to leave, and I think it came as a shock to him.
To be honest, I believe that some of the actors who've played the Doctor, would have played the role right to the grave, at meagre wages, because they loved it. Pat Troughton was one of these, and I think that Davison probably would have continued as long as he was offered the position. Jon was forced out of the role, after requesting a raise in salary, and later regretted, it; but both Bakers were happy to see the backside of the BBC (like Eccleston).
I feel that Tenant, and Smith probably fall into the 'would've stayed indefinitely' sect.
I'm actually shocked, that in all the time that Doctor Who has been around, no-one has considered running two series, in parallel, with two Doctors, two casts of companions, etc.. Big Finish do this with the audios, and with a Time-Travel storyline, it would be an interesting model for film, or the telly. I know that budgeting is a big factor here, but really, with only thirteen 45-minute episodes per year, there is room for two series.
The Star Trek, and Stargate franchises managed to run 26-episode series, successfully, and Doctor Who allows for some quite creative story content, by having the actions taken in one series, affect the other, in both directions.
@Unibot *pick up the phone* Hey Doctor, Spoilers! :D
@Polyphase Of course Chris has his regrets but we do know why he left and it was down to horrible BBC politics not the role itself so he never got to do what he wanted as a result.
Although I get the feeling if you did put Tom back to 1980 and made him live through that series again he'd still walk, anyone would have done.
@Polyphase I think Chris must have some regrets, even though we don't know the real reason he left he must wonder if it was worth it.
People were annoyed that the doctors were young npw there use to it they dont want old. But im glad this ones older. Start how you mean to finish :)
Season 5 was Matt's favorite (and mine, too.) I had a feeling Matt had somewhat lost his enthusiasm in Season 7...
@KarenBee I doubt being the Doctor will be a footnote in his career! The show is massive around the world, and Doctor Who fans have long memories :-)
Indeed, have ANY of the 9 previous actors who played the part (ignoring McGann as he never made a series) gone on to play a more famous role subsequently? Most have gone on to play other things, but will always be remembered most in the public eye for being the Timelord.
@Nightmarish Agreed, David Tennant said it right: "if I don't leave now I never will, you'll be wheeling me out of the TARDIS in my bath chair"
I think so too
@Planet of the Deaf Ten's demise may have been foreshadowed throughout the specials yet in a way we were heading towards 'the fall of the eleventh' from the very beginning of Matt's era (or at least from series 6 onwards)!
I can only imagine how many fond memories of the show you've got from such a long time. I hope we'll be as privileged to watch Doctor Who in 50 years' time, that the show will go on because it is such a big and important part of our lives.
@LordRassilon @lazzalady I'm not sure if two Doctor Who series would work, but I think the series plus a movie franchise would be great ! I admit I could have watched Matt as the 11th Doctor for forever. I have never seen any actor embrace a part like he did. But, now I can't wait to see him in Terminator and see what else he can do!
@LordRassilon I really doubt he was forced out of it. Although it's obvious he loved the role he'll want to move on and do other things and raise his profile as an actor. I'm pretty sure he said in a few interviews before he even left that he wants to break Hollywood.
@LordRassilon @lazzaladyMatt and David did propose this actually.. it's a shame it didn't work out.
Chris did say before that he wished he did another one or two seasons to develop the 9th doctor
@Planet of the Deaf Well, he is in Terminator now! I reckon he's got a pretty big career ahead of him. Doctor Who won't be a footnote, but I don't think it will be the one thing he's most famous for.
@Planet of the Deaf @KarenBeeOh, and of course Jon Pertwee for Worzel Gummidge.
@Planet of the Deaf @KarenBeePeter Davison, Law & Order UK. And David Tennant's Broadchurch won him a lot of plaudits.
Obviously a highly cherised footnote but can't see it being his defining role as he clearly has such a huge career ahead of him. Of course he'll always love having been the doctor and you can see from his willingness to do fan conventions even while hevwas so very busy acting the part and his current round of US events that he is proud of the role. I'm sure Matt will continue to be a hot ticket for Who and scifi conventionsway into the future and his ongoing role in the Terminator will make him an even bigger draw.
Of all the previous doctors, i think he'lll be the one who moves beyond the role. (I don't include Chris in that as he was in the role for such a short time and doesn't engagevwith the fandom, plus he was alreadyba highly successful film, stage and TV actor before.)
Doctor Who always is going to be a highlight on his career because he gained a lot of fans and supporters thanks to The Doctor. A lot of people is going to watch his upcoming movies and works for see their Doctor in action, and yes, in 50 years, when we're celebrating the 100th, Matt will be innthe thoughts of many.
@TheOncomingFish @LordRassilon I seriously doubt he was forced out; why on earth would that happen anyway? A very popular Doctor and great ambassador for the show; The Moff loves him.
Exactly. I think Matt may just be the first one to escape that as he is still young and at the first part of his career and he is probably the most talented of the bunch. I think his best days are ahead of him while for the others, including DT, they will never again reach the height of fame and success Who gave them.
@VictorWong1 @Planet of the Deaf@KarenBee All good roles (including Pertwee's) but not iconic enough to prevent the prefix "Former Doctor Who" in most stories about them!