Matt Smith To Leave ‘Doctor Who’ At Christmas

By June 3, 2013

The eleventh hour is upon us.

Matt Smith, the current–and eleventh–Doctor, will be departing the show in this year’s Christmas special. Smith, the youngest actor to play the millennium-old Time Lord, has been the show’s star for three seasons.

Speculation is running rampant as to who his replacement might be. Will the new Doctor be young or old in appearance? Might the Doctor finally be played by a person of color? Or, after fifty years…could the Doctor actually regenerate into a woman?

It’s not impossible for a Time Lord to change sexes, although it’s yet to be done on screen. The first episode to suggest that Time Lords were capable of gender-swapping was Neil Gaiman’s 2011 masterpiece, “The Doctor’s Wife.”

Bets are being taken, and loyal fans of Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint began an online petition following an announcement that the actor was being given 10/1 odds of taking over the position. At the very least, the Doctor would be ecstatic to finally have ginger hair.

Other names of interest that have popped up on bookmaker William Hill’s list: Former companion Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) with 16/1 odds, and, garnering 20/1 odds, former guest star David Morrisey. The latter once played a human who took on the Doctor’s identity during a fugue state. Another popular choice, at 10/1, is “Being Human” star Russell Tovey, who, in 2007, guest starred as Midshipman Alonso Frame.

Even Tom Cruise has shown up on the list with 250/1 odds, so throw your hat into the ring, loyal readers; no guess is too outlandish!