‘Doctor Who’ Season 8 May Feature Matt Smith Cameo

Published 10 months ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am,

[Warning: Possible SPOILERS for Doctor Who season 8 ahead!]

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The world of Doctor Who might be filmed largely in a studio, but its Earthly grounding means that a chunk of filming for each season must be done out in public and in front of prying eyes. The scenes being filmed at the moment are of particular interest to Doctor Who fans, since the role was recently handed over to Peter Capaldi (In the Loop) and we won’t get to see him playing the Doctor until the fall.

The general rule with rumors is to get corroboration from at least three different sources, and at least three people who were present during the filming of the first episode of Doctor Who season 8 have reported that former Doctor Matt Smith will make a cameo appearance – or, at least, his voice will – when Clara receives a phone call from him.

You can watch the filming of the scene in question above. Cardiff resident Ryan Farrell described the dialogue exchange on Twitter, saying, “The Eleventh Doctor phones Clara from Trenzalore and tells her not to worry. The two Doctors briefly speak to each other as well.” Bleeding Cool has a more detailed account of what was being filmed, but here are the salient bits.

“Clara emerges from the TARDIS on her mobile phone, looking intense and emotional. She’s not speaking to anyone, rather she seems to be just listening… The message, it turns out, is from the previous incarnation of the Doctor, played by Matt Smith. Hanging up the phone, the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi exits the TARDIS, and starts an exchange with Clara. He asks if that was the Doctor on the phone…

“Emotionally, he insists to Clara; he is the Doctor, he’s 2000 years old, and he’s standing right there, in front of her… The Doctor looks down into his companion’s eyes curiously, like an owl bemused. Suddenly, Clara throws her arms around the Doctor. For his part, the Doctor awkwardly holds his arms out around her, fingers splayed and startled and uncomfortable. Clara immediately then clicks back into her normal, bouncy self, asking the Doctor where they are. He replied Glasgow.”

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As can be seen in the video, the Doctor is decked out in his new outfit to mark the next stage of his very long life, and he still seems to react rather awkwardly to physical affection from his companions. The Glasgow setting is interesting, since Capaldi has retained his Scottish accent for the role (unlike David Tennant, who affected an English accent). Perhaps the Doctor’s new voice has also instilled in him an appreciation for Scottish culture, or just a hankering for some mince and tatties.

We’ll have to wait and see how this phone call is dealt with in the episode, but it could be argued that having the previous Doctor hanging on and making an appearance in the new Doctor’s first outing runs the risk of weakening it; it’s hard to turn over a new leaf when making calls back – quite literally – to the events of the last season. Besides, Smith’s farewell was effective enough that it doesn’t really need a postscript.

Tell us in the comments what you think of this first look at the next season of Doctor Who, and why the Eleventh Doctor might have taken the trouble to make a call into the future.

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Doctor Who returns to BBC One in fall 2014.

Source: Bleeding Cool, Ryan Farrell, Charlie Sears

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  1. So excited! The awkward hug made me think “That’s my Doctor!”

  2. Anyone else dislike the fact the Doctor is 2000 years old now?

    I prefer it when he was going up 900-906 annually each year…

    • Did I miss something? I thought the Doctor said he was around 1100 years old in The Day of the Doctor and then he aged in the The Time of the Doctor on Trenzelore sooo perhaps he is now 2000 years old. He was a very old man by the end of the Christmas Special before he regenerated. TimeLord Math I suppose.

      • Religious whovian here, so please dont doubt what i know. He aged during Trenzalore, he was battling everything for over 900 years!

    • Well, do you expect him to continuously stay the same ages every season? If anything it defines the character more, as its said, hes really young for his age, on Gallifrey 90 was a child’s age

    • He was 1109 on the beach in The Impossible Astronaut when he faked his death. And by the time of The Day of the Doctor, he was 1200. He spent roughly 800 years on Trenzalore, making him 2000. You also have to remember that in Classic Who, he was edging between 900-1000 already and when it started back, he was only 900 again. The Doctor lies about his age, dude.

  3. There was no closure and I’d true, this is 11′s blessing to bridge Clara and the viewer who would not watch 12 into the journey. America, the emerging market, needs more than Grandpa Magician to stay with Dr Who. We loved Matt and Peter means nothing to most of us on his own. Sorry, but our arrogance is often a loyalty. Again, could bridge the burgeoning market to give 12 a go. Brilliant marketing. And the leak, perfect because we still have tingles from 11.

    • If Matt makes a cameo, cool, but dont be judging Capaldi because he’s not Matt. DW is all about change, its inevitable but they always make a great choice with casting and Capaldi will be a fantastic Doctor. I remember when Matt started, most people hated him and its not until he announced he was leaving that people seemed to have gotten over Tennent. Now those people wont get over Matt and give Capaldi a chance to shine. If you genuinely dont like an actors version of the doctor, thats fine, but you cant justify not watching the show anymore because you dont like the new Doctor when you havn’t even seen his first episode yet.

  4. Personally, I’m looking forward to the 12th Doctor, just because of what he said in “The Night of the Doctor”:

    “KIDNEYS! I’ve got new kidneys!… I don’t like the color…”

    • Get your episodes right…he was in day of the doctor!…..

      • Actually he says that line in Time of the Doctor. Though his eyebrows had a cameo in Day of the Doctor.

  5. The Doctor should be Scottish anyway. Capaldi is famous for having a powerful Scottish (Malcolm Tucker) and would have had you much respect for himself to pretend he’s English.

  6. My immediate reaction, move on, Matt’s gone. But I suppose a quick exchange to transition that moment where Clara has to comprehend and except that he is the same man and yet different and new is understandable. It was hard for Rose when 9 regenerated. Really looking forward to Capaldi. I’m hoping I might enjoy the dynamic between him and Clara better than I did with Matt, but I just don’t think I’m much of a fan of her character and would like to see a new companion soon as well.

    • accept*

    • There should be a new one written in sometime very soon. That seems to be the norm over the course of all the old and new different series varations.

  7. Why are they in Glasgow? Is the Doctor going to chib someone?

  8. Looks genuine: Are the people going by actors or just people who don’t realise that flipping Doctor Who is filming. Capadli looks weird like he’s dead? no offense to him but he looks creepy and hugging Clara is a little wrong. Why can’t no 12 fix Handles but replace it with a link to no 11? I think this will happen and no11 will realise something like he accidently opened the crack to the other lords and they are planning to come though because he’s there?

  9. What did it mean when Capaldi said he didn’t like the color of his kidneys? How would he know what color they were? Is it something special to people in the UK? I’m just an ignorant American.

    • Dennis, well, it’s a weird Time Lord thing. They can somehow see their internal organs, and for nearly every regeneration the Doctor makes some comment about his appearance.

      And no, most British Whovians DO NOT look down on American fans.

  10. One previous Doctors had to contact him for him to show up to assist in The Day of the Doctor it was inevitable. .