Matt Smith, who has starred as the Time Lord on Doctor Who since 2010, has decided to step down from the role to pursue a career in film.

Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show,” he told Sky News. “I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.”

Since taking on the role of Dr. Who, Smith has won other roles including that of novelist Christopher Isherwood and Bert Bushnell, a 1948 Olympic rower. He’s also made his directorial debut. Recently, he’s been filming How To Catch A Monster alongside Ryan Gosling.

Smith will appear in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special and his final episode with the cast will be the Christmas special in December.

Jenna Louise Coleman, the Time Lord’s companion, will be staying on the Doctor Who, partnering with whomever showrunner Steven Moffat chooses for the iconic role. Early favorites seem to be Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint and Being Human’s Russell Tovey. However, many say that the show might look to go in a new direction and cast a woman in the coveted role.

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