If this report is true, Matt Smith might not be quite done playing the Doctor after all.
Possible SPOILERS AHEAD for Doctor Who series eight.
We said goodbye to Smith's Eleventh Doctor more than a month ago, and all eyes have since been on Peter Capaldi's early days of filming his own adventures in the TARDIS. Just a couple of days ago we got our first glimpse at Capaldi's costume, and now we're getting shots from the set of Capaldi in action alongside Jenna Coleman's Clara Oswald. Capaldi's first Doctor Who episode won't air until quite a bit later this year, but as we watch him settle into the role, it's hard not to think of the big shoes he has to fill. He's not only following Smith and his massive fanbase, but he's also crafting a very different incarnation of the classic character than what Smith gave us. For the moment, Smith's shadow is still very much cast over the role, and it seems his presence is still so clearly felt on Doctor Who that he might actually make a brief return to the show for Capaldi's first outing.
Doctor Who TV has a source from the Doctor Who set who claims that Capaldi's first episode will feature Clara still struggling to accept her new traveling companion. Understandably rocked by such a big change, she receives reassurance in the form of a phone call from the Eleventh Doctor, who's apparently calling her from Trenzalore during the time when his regeneration cycle "reset," just before Clara got to see him one last time in the TARDIS control room. Smith reportedly recorded his half of the conversation while filming Time of the Doctor, but, based on Coleman's work on the set, the source passed along this piece of dialogue.
Clara: What do you mean ... “it’s the Doctor?”
11th Doctor: I’m phoning you from Trenzalore.
Clara: I don’t understand.
11th Doctor: From the past. From before I changed. It’s all still to happen for me. It’s coming though, not long now, I can feel it.
Clara: But ... why would you do this?
Smith also reportedly sums up the reason for the call by saying, “I know you’re scared, but he will be too; and he’ll need you.” Then Eleven and Twelve get to have a brief chat.
The 12th Doctor: So who is it?
The 11th and 12th Doctors at the same time: Oh, is that the Doctor?
Just how much of this will make it into what we see in the episode, or where and how it will transpire, is unclear at the moment, but it's certainly an intriuging way to help a Companion adjust to the Doctor's new form. What do you think? Good idea?
(Via Doctor Who TV)