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Doctor Who's Matt Smith on Karen Gillan, his departure and those Cumberbatch rumours
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Cut and pasted from the Radio Times website:

Today’s Daybreak (ITV1, 6:00-8:30am) will feature an interview with Doctor Who actor Matt Smith. The actor will discuss such topics as the departure of his co-star Karen Gillan, rumours that he may step down as the Doctor next year, press reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is to play the Master and his forthcoming appearance at the official Doctor Who convention in March.

Of Gillan’s exit from the series, Smith, 29, says:
“It is sad for me, she’s a great friend, and creatively I have a really interesting relationship with her, but the show is bigger than any of us."

But what of Smith’s own future on Doctor Who?
“It’s a thrill playing the part I don’t want to give it up anytime soon. We have a whole season to make and a Christmas special as well, so I won’t be leaving anytime soon.”

Of course, next year sees the show’s 50th anniversary and this week reports surfaced that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was in line to play arch-enemy the Master.
“I know Ben and I’ve not heard anything about it,” admits Smith. “But he’s a wonderful actor and a mate. I think he’s a bit busy being a Star Trek villain, and he’s Sherlock Holmes of course, so he’s a busy man.”

As well as filming this latest series of Doctor Who, Smith is also set to attend the official Doctor Who convention in March at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Follow the link for the full story:
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-02-28/doctor-who%27s-matt-smith-on-karen-gillan,-his-departure-and-those-cumberbatch-rumours

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The more I think about this, the more I think that if BC does play a role in Dr Who it won't be as The Master. For one thing I'm sure that John Simm has stated that he's still happy to reprise the role. And for another, BC has always said that he doesn't want to appear on things like lunch-boxes etc. On that point, he'll probably be immortalised as an official plastic figurine soon enough – if only in the form of a dragon, not to mention all the unofficial but fabulous fan made Sherlock stuff! However, I think all in all if he does pop up in Dr Who it will be to a play a new character for a couple of episodes maximum. Of course, we will be fed misinformation on the subject by all and sundry involved, so who knows! :-))

Yes, we won't know what he is doing or what role he is playing until it appears on screen. But I would love to see him and Matt together in something, whether Dr Who or something completely different.

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