Matt SMITH is leaving Doctor Who and will bow out in the Christmas special when he will be replaced by a new incarnation of the time lord.
Smith, who has been in the role since 2010, said it had been “an honour” to play the part.
He added: “I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise 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.”
He also paid tribute to show supremo Steven Moffat and fans of the show. “Your dedication is truly remarkable,” he said.