Matt Smith says he has no plans to tie Tom Baker's Who record

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Dec 16, 2012

Matt Smith may be throwing us all into a tizzy as to how much longer he plans to stay on as the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who, but there's one thing the actor is certain of: It's that he doesn't plan to stay as long as the former Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker.

When Matt Smith became Doctor Eleven in 2009, he also became the youngest actor ever to take on the heavy mantle of the beloved Time Lord, at age 26. So you'd think he could stay on for a dozen years or so, right?

Nope. Although Smith's often said he loves to play the Mad Man in a Big Blue Box, he doesn't seem to plan to stay on for very much longer.

"I just sort of take each year as it comes, really. We've got all the rest of this year to get through, and then we'll just sit down and review it from there and see where it goes," Matt Smith said.

"But I love playing the part, and I love working with [writer] Steven Moffat."

So how long will he actually stay? Smith doesn't seem know for sure, but he won't stay on Doctor Who as long as Baker, who played Doctor number four for seven years, from 1974 to 1981. With his endlessly long multicolored scarf and his love of jelly babies, the fourth Doctor went on to become one of the most beloved Doctors of all time.

"I think there will need to be a younger, cooler person than me—or maybe an older, cooler person, who knows? But I don't think I'll be doing it as long as Mr. Baker."

So it looks like Tom Baker's seven-year record on Doctor Who won't be eclipsed by Matt Smith.

Are you guys disappointed? Did you want Matt Smith to stay on for longer than seven years? And do you expect a regeneration on Who's 50th anniversary in 2013?

(via Doctor Who Online)