It's official: Matt Smith's Doctor will regenerate in the Christmas episode. I can't even.

I was a die-hard Tennant fan until this boy arrived. And let's face it, he was a boy. 26 years of age. Yet able to act like that. Astounding. I am constantly amazed by his acting abilities. I have seen a lot of the programmes which he has featured in outside of Doctor Who, and all of them have been brilliant. He knows how to choose a good script. And whatever he turns his hand to he makes amazing - I think he could make watching paint dry look interesting. He is just the most amazing actor, able to show the playful 5 year old side of The Doctor but also the ancient and afflicted 1000 year old Time Lord with absolute class and ease.

I'm looking forward to finding out who takes over. Chances are they won't be well known, but I kind of like that. It means that all you're thinking about is them as The Doctor, rather than the fact you preferred them in another telly programme. People keep speculating over people such as Ben Whishaw or Rory Kinnear, and as much as I love those guys I kind of want a new, lesser known actor. Doctor Who has become a kind of platform for launching the careers of actors who aren't very well known. Also, I sort of feel that he'd choose a youngish regeneration because he's getting old and scared and doesn't want to think about that. 

Whatever happens, I know I'll be really sad that Matt's gone as I've totally fallen in love with his Doctor. But I look forward to the change in the hope that whoever takes over does it justice. 

Edit: I have just seen this on Neil Gaimain's tumblr, and it is perfectly perfect and everything that I tried to say in a much less eloquent way.

What would you say to Sir Ian Mckellen taking the reigns as the 12th Doctor? For that matter, who do you think would be a good actor for the character?

"I think that if you’d asked me who should be the 11th Doctor 5 years ago I wouldn’t have listed Matt Smith, because I didn’t know who he was or what he was capable of, and if you’d asked me who should play Sherlock Holmes in a modern day revival around the same time I wouldn’t have said Benedict Cumberbatch, because I didn’t know who he was either.

I actually like it when The Doctor is a relatively unknown actor, or one without one huge role that made them famous. A star, like Sir Ian, brings all the other roles they’ve ever played to the table when they act. Seeing John Hurt as the (Spoiler) at the end of the Name of the Doctor, meant that this was a certain type of part with a certain amount of gravitas, and you understood that John Hurt was bringing everything with it (including being John Hurt), just as Derek Jacobi did as the Master. 
But I like to see The Doctor as The Doctor, and an actor who doesn’t bring baggage is a grand sort of thing. A star waiting to happen. So I don’t want to see Helen Mirren or Sir Ian McKellen or Chiwetel Ejiofor, or any of the famous names people are suggesting.
I want to see The Doctor. I want to be taken by surprise. I want to squint at a photo of the person online and go “but how can that be The Doctor?”. Then I want to be amazingly, delightedly, completely proven wrong, and, six episodes in, I want to wonder how I could have been so blind. Because this is the Doctor. Of course it is."

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