‘Doctor Who’ Special ‘Farewell to Matt Smith’ Available Online

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Just over four years ago, Doctor Who fans waved a fond farewell to David Tennant’s incarnation of the Doctor and were introduced for the first time to a virtually unknown actor called Matt Smith, who was set to take over the role. Some were baffled by the casting choice, while others insisted that he was far too young to qualify for the part, but over the next few years Smith managed to win the hearts of many.

Perhaps it would have been better if he hadn’t, since it would have made saying goodbye a lot easier if the Eleventh Doctor (or thirteenth – it’s a little complicated) hadn’t been so likeable. Nonetheless, the Doctor Who Christmas special episode, ‘The Time of the Doctor,’ left the TARDIS in the capable hands of Peter Capaldi, an excellent actor who has appeared on the show previously and also starred in BAFTA-winning political comedy series The Thick of It.

There’s plenty of time for reminiscing while we wait for Doctor Who to return this fall, and BBC America has helped to get the nostalgia ball rolling by making the series-end special ‘A Farewell to Matt Smith’ available to watch online. Featuring interviews with Smith himself as well as the cast, crew and fans of the show, the 45 minute special is a fun recap of Smith’s time as the Doctor and of everything he brought to the show.

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In addition to the many clips from various episodes, ‘A Farewell to Matt Smith’ also features behind the scenes moments of memorable scenes from seasons 5 through to 7, and there are plenty of production anecdotes and bits of trivia to be mined from it. By the sounds of it, the Eleventh Doctor’s many fashion eccentricities (the bow and the fez, for example) were fuelled by Smith’s personal love of playing dress-up.

We’re sad to see him go from Doctor Who, but also eager to see what Smith will do next in his career – beginning with his role in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. Share your favorite Eleventh Doctor moments with us in the comments.

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Doctor Who returns to BBC One and BBC America in fall 2014.

Source: BBC America

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  1. Farewell Matt Smith one of the best doctors to this date.

  2. Truly a joy to watch, I will miss Matt Smith dearly.

  3. I will miss Matt. While I enjoyed the xmas special, I was a little disappointed and believe that Matt deserved a better send off than that. I liked Davids and Christophers endings. But that might be because each got a 2 parter sendoff which I feel Matt should’ve had. Hope series 8 is better than 7 was and can’t wait to see what Capaldi brings to the role!

    • I actually like the 11th’s last moment. 10th’s “I don’t want to go” will always be that kind of moment that’ll hit us in the heart. The scene with 11th and Clara at the end is done well, especially with Amy. The last words of 11th, “I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me”, that is brilliant. Watching it over and over again, I got teared up seeing that scene.

      • Oh, I loved the final moment as well. I just felt the episode as a whole was a little lacking. But his final speech was great. I teared up a bit.

        • How much more of a sendoff can you get than the 50th plus the Christmas special? I agree the CS was a bit lackluster but, when you put the two together, he couldn’t possibly have had much more of a send-off than that.

        • I know what you mean. While I think the sendoff at the end was absolutely great, the episode’s story and plotting fell a bit short. It felt more like ticking points off a list rather than a properly fleshed-out story, and I think it didn’t quite have the gravity it was meant to. The Name of the Doctor made his last war on Trenzalore sound like an epic, somewhat dark clash – in the end it was just him there, sitting around for a few centuries. And let’s not even get started on his regeneration killing all the Daleks (but somehow not all the people too). And stuff like the Silence/the Daleks not knowing the Doctor were all handwaved away with a line or two.

          Don’t get me wrong, I did like it overall and those final scenes are great, but this episode should definitely have been a two-parter to do the story justice.

  4. good riddance to a terrible doctor this could not have happened sooner.

    • Agreed.

      The people who praised him as “one of the best”…did they actually see the show when he was The Doctor? Probably not.

      • Yep, I have. I started watching the show with Eccleston as the Doctor. Loved him, loved Tennant and absolutely loved Smith! Smiths era had so many better stories than Eccleston and Tennant. I really enjoyed his childish personality as well. He was fantastic.

      • Did you watch the show prior to 2005?

        I’ve been a fan since the early 80′s when Davidson had the keys to the Tardis and have watched multiple serials from every classic doctor (with the exception of 8 as there is only 1) and Matt Smith was actually much closer to classic who than either of his predecessors.

        He literally plays it like Davidson and Troughten had a love child, it was a pitch perfect performance, even if some of his later stories (mercy, cold war, rings etc) were a bit disappointing

  5. Matt Smith won me over the moment he peeked his head up from inside a crashed TARDIS, and virtually changed my life in every moment that followed for the next 3 years. Another excellent mention was when he explained the difference between good things and bad things in the Parisan Art Museum while hugging Amy. He has been an inspiration, a legend, and a landmark among Doctors. I know he’ll probably never read this, but Thank you Matt, for all you have done. Bow ties have never been cooler.

    “We’re all stories in the end.”

  6. Thanks Matt for leaving Doctor Who !
    Sorry I couldn’t really get used to you,maybe it was the writers fault and not yours as soon we gonna find out !

    Anyway,wish you the best !

  7. I will miss you matt smith from doctor who I what you back in show ok special did well I that and I am biggest fan for very you are nice man you are wonderful man and then Denise and Matthew and I go to miss you SO lovely I KNOW YOU LONG TIME COME TO SEE YOU IN THE Tardis THANK YOU SO NICE TO US

  8. If you don’t like the Doctor then don’t watch the show. People are so rude and hateful! Be nice!

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