Matt Smith ALMOST agreed to stick around for 2 more seasons of Who

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Jul 11, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT (Updated)

The search is on for the next Time Lord, but it turns out current Doctor Who star Matt Smith was closer than we thought to sticking around for two more series.

In a pre-Comic-Con interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Steven Moffat talked about the search for the next Doctor (“terrifying”), and spilled that late discussions with Smith were this close to having him hang around until about 2015.

Oh, and all that “will they, won’t they” about his proposed end date? Turns out when Smith was hired all those years ago they were already eyeing Christmas 2013 for his big finale, despite the fact that 11th-hour discussions almost changed that.

Here’s the excerpt from the interview:

“We discussed ages ago that we would do three series and then he would do the 50th and then he’d do Christmas. That was Plan A for a very, very long while. That may sound cold that it was so far in advance but you’ve got to plan a career. [Laughs] The question was, ‘Will I be able to talk him out of it?’ We went out for lunch and he said that he’d come very close to doing another series but it was the same argument: ‘If I do another series, I think I might do two more series, or three more series. I think I might never leave.’ It’s that thing of wanting to leave while you’re a huge hit and not let it tail off. It’s part of the ecology of the program, it’s part of the DNA of the program, that there is going to be a new Doctor now and then.”

It’s interesting to think how things might’ve turned out if Smith hung around a few more years, which would’ve made him the longest-running Doctor of the modern era. But here we are — waiting on pins and needles to see who they’ll strap into the TARDIS next.

Do you wish Smith would’ve stayed a while longer, or are you looking forward to mixing things up with a new Doctor? 

(Via Entertainment Weekly)