Matt Smith addresses Who 50th anniversary regeneration rumors

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Dec 17, 2012

With Doctor Who celebrating the big 5-0 next year, many have wondered whether there would be a regeneration of some sort to make it a memorable event a la ''The End of Time,'' when David Tennant's Tenth Doctor regenerated rather explosively. But Doctor Eleven Matt Smith doubts it'll happen.

Speaking to Radio Times about Doctor Who's upcoming 50th anniversary coming up in 2013, Matt Smith says he wouldn't miss it for the world, but remained coy about how long he's staying put in the TARDIS.

Hold on a minute here—didn't Smith already say he was staying on Who until 2014? We're starting to get confused here.

Anyway, this is what Matt Smith said (plus a bit of Radio Times stuff):

"We want to make [the anniversary] as big and bold and as brilliant as we can because, we hope, it can be one of the monumental bits of TV history," Smith told us. "But I doubt there'll be a regeneration ... "

Smith had previously scotched rumors that he'd signed up to play the Time Lord beyond his 50th year, telling press at the launch of series seven opener ''Asylum of the Daleks'': "I don't know where this talk of the 2014 contract came from ... I haven't signed anything new."

OK—but IF the Doctor doesn't regenerate during the 50th anniversary year, that automatically means that Smith is staying put in the role until at least 2014, right? Right?

Smith himself apparently has no idea what showrunner Steven Moffat has planned, saying, "Steven will tease you right to the end, because that's what he does to me."

And that's what he bloody does to us, too. Oh, and before we forget. Rule number 1: The Doctor lies. So whether it means Matt Smith's lying (or rather, keeping mum) about being signed on as the Doctor until 2014 will remain to be seen.

(via Radio Times)