Matt Smith teases when he expects to possibly return to Doctor Who

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:24 AM EDT (Updated)

The last time Matt Smith officially portrayed the role of the Eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who was in the 2013 Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” where he regenerated into Peter Capaldi’s 12th incarnation of the Time Lord.

With Capaldi set to pass the baton to Jodie Whittaker this coming Christmas, would Smith ever consider returning to the BBC series like his predecessor, David Tennant, did for the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”?

While doing the press rounds with co-star Claire Foy for the highly anticipated second season of Netflix’s The Crown (Dec. 8), Smith opened up about the possibility of stepping back into the TARDIS in a recent video interview with MTV. “Why not? I’d come back, you know, if the timing was right,” Smith said.

“I think we’ve got to give a few years to Miss Whittaker to sort of get the TARDIS under her belt, as it were, and then yeah, one day. I’ll be back one day when I’m old and grey. Which isn’t far off.”


Since Doctor Who features an alien from the planet Gallifrey who travels through time and space aboard a Big Blue Police Box (aka the TARDIS), former Doctors returning to the show has become more-or-less common over the years, though mostly limited to series milestones and specials.

For example, the First Doctor (played by David Bradley) will appear in the upcoming Christmas Day special penned by departing showrunner Steven Moffat, “Twice Upon a Time,” that will see Whittaker take on the mantle of the 13th Doctor. So when he was asked what advice he'd like to give the former Broadchurch actress about playing the role, Smith said it's the same he gave to Capaldi: “Listen to no one.”

How about you, would you like to see Matt Smith return to Doctor Who?