‘Doctor Who’: Why Matt Smith Needed To Leave

Thu, December 26, 2013 10:32am EDT by 76 Comments 17,778 Article Views
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Coraline Blu

Posted at 4:41 PM on April 9, 2014  

LISTEN I AM DISCUSTED! IF MATT SMITH IS GONE WHAT IS THE POINT!

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Slou

Posted at 12:12 PM on April 7, 2014  

Hah. Nope, the wound left from Tennant’s departure is still very much there. :(

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Anna

Posted at 1:16 PM on April 15, 2014  

Not for me.

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Molly

Posted at 2:32 PM on April 4, 2014  

Moffat’s is a great writer one of the best ever, and I really hope he stays for more and more season to come; Matt was a fantastic Doctor and he had the most magical era in New Who, I’m very sad not having him anymore as the Doctor, but I’m also looking forward to Capaldi. This is the show!

[“short skirts” (don’t get me started on that) – oh come on, Karen Gillan said she was the one choosing her clothes… you should really stop watching this show if you can’t enjoy it because you have to attack a great writer on things like this)

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kfreels

Posted at 12:44 PM on March 31, 2014  

Yeah. Clara’s character and Matt’s Doctor are just a bad match. Matt’s Doctor is the one I more closely relate to but I’m really looking forward to seeing what they can do with 12 and Clara.

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mec

Posted at 9:37 AM on April 3, 2014  

I thought 11th and Clara were great but to each their own.

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Scott Levine

Posted at 1:04 PM on March 23, 2014  

I think you are being a bit too hard on series 7, but the fact is that the two best versions of Clara were when she was playing versions of the Impossible Girl (Asylum of the Daleks and the Snowmen) and the writers never quite figured out what to do with her in present day. I loved Matt Smith as well, but it is always better to leave a little early than a little late, and the show will benefit from having a very different kind of doctor, as well as a different kind of relationship between the Doctor and his companion.

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Krista-Lynn

Posted at 1:29 PM on March 17, 2014  

You know what, you guys need to face the music because Moffat is a genius and he has a reason to write the what you people call “failed” attempts with the newest companion. If you were real whovians you would realize that. Use your brains people and trust the writers, they have never crossed us before so don’t doubt them now. Be real whovians for once and have some imagination. Don’t just criticize just because you don’t know how this will turn out.

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Daniel E. Vahey

Posted at 7:34 AM on March 26, 2014  

Seriously trust the writers? There are even David Tennant episodes (Fear Her) and at least one Matt Smith episode (Night Terrors) that I will not watch twice because they are so bad. I believe this article hit the nail and they just plain ran out of new ideas and gave up hoping that a new doctor would breath life back into the show which it may well accomplish. Personnaly I would have gone with Cumberbatch as Smiths replacement but I don’t believe his and Claira’s personalities would have meshed, but I would like to dee hime take over after Capaldi leaves.

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Nancy Richards

Posted at 7:37 PM on March 13, 2014  

Good bye Matt version of Dr. Who….I couldn’t wait to get off work to watch the next episode, and I watched them all. Loved David Tennant and thought no one could take his place, but Matt was fresh, funny, and genuine. When he said, “Dinosaurs on a Space ship!!! ” I cracked up laughing. I guess I will get used to the new one as well, but I don’t want to just yet. Love you Matt.

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Dankneeyellah

Posted at 3:01 PM on March 1, 2014  

You expressed my thoughts- the ones i didn’t even realize i had! I wondered why i only watched the last seaon’s episodes only once (or twice to catch all the hints). My favorite episodes were the ones with Craig. I liked their chemistry. Clara is adorable, but she does need more (as you stated). It appears that there will be a male companion to add to the mix with Capaldi as The Doctor. The proof of it all will be in the upcoming episodes. :) I am excited!

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Alice Ono

Posted at 4:55 AM on February 24, 2014  

I agree with most of these post’s past comments about the sexualism in the series. And I definitely don’t think doctor who will ultimately and automatically going to be better without Matt. I won’t lie, I am very attracted to Matt (like most female whovians) and that I’m going to miss him. But I’m also excited to see how Peter protrays the docto how he will bring a new twist to the series. I will probably end up thinking Peter is attractive too LOL. I agree, I enjoy season 7 more with the ponds….but I did enjoy the rest with Clara. Maybe it wasn’t as exciting as before, but i feel like it really captured how the doctor felt. Amy and Rory were important people in his life and with the additional loss of the doctor’s past companions, I felt like everything was just weighing on for the docto

More importantly, this article didn’t exactly inform me of why Matt left. The title is very misleading. I might just not see that this is an opinion piece, but this article is based on opinion and does not provide evidence of why Matt had to leave. I leave this website unsatisfied.

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Darryn Lee

Posted at 11:38 PM on February 16, 2014  

Problems. With Amy, between her first and second encounters with the Doctor she was deemed crazy, really borderline mental, by her family, and everyone in town except Rory and Mels(River). Moffat didn’t rely on a sexist trope on Amy nowhere near like what you tried to say. As for Clara, she didn’t lust after the Doctor. She held her own time and time again. Watch ‘Nightmare in Silver’. He knew enough of her to have her be in charge of a ragtag group against the Cybermen.

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Tom Woodruff

Posted at 12:01 AM on February 16, 2014  

I wish Matt Smith was still the Doctor. I still think Peter is too old for the part even though many of the doctors were even older. I liked the fact that the doctor and his companion were getting into a love connection. I will miss that. That can not happen with Mr. Capaldi.

I also do not agree that Peter is good looking. No way. Sorry Peter.

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Busy Elle Bee

Posted at 5:28 AM on February 16, 2014  

Open your mind, don’t pre judge!

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Amaunet

Posted at 9:58 AM on February 10, 2014  

I can’t decide because Matt Smith was a really great Doctor! but Peter Capaldi is also a great actor! his movies are really great! However, I do not know if he really is created as the Doctor!
That I will not know until I saw the new first episode with him as the Doctor.

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Jeremy

Posted at 11:49 AM on February 7, 2014  

I loved Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Quite a brilliant article. I’m excited for Capaldi and a better written Clara. Moffat ruined much of Smith’s tenure and I’m hoping we get a new showrunner. I’m tired of the sexualized companion relationships. Donna was the best because of this.

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Peter

Posted at 12:10 AM on February 3, 2014  

Moffat’s stories are terrible and been getting worse. So many flaws in plot and dialogue and … everything. Matt Smith’s brilliance has saved the show. I am not surprised he has left, before the ship sinks completely. Hopefully Capaldi can help resurrect the show, but I have large doubts until a new writer / creative director come aboard. Still, I will watch the show – my favourite no matter its faults – and hope for the best.

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Meg

Posted at 6:41 PM on January 26, 2014  

I did notice that my interest in the show declined a lot after Amy and Rory left and Clara was pretty much instantly the Doctor’s new companion. Moffat has been running out of ideas and I definitely don’t like Clara as much as some other companions. So I do agree with some things. But I don’t think it’ll be better with Matt gone. He’s an incredible actor and brings a lot of life to show. He’s goofy and brilliant, funny and clever, and all around amazing. It will never be the same without him. He did make me forget how sad I was when David left, but I don’t think the new Doctor will make me forget how sad I am now to have Matt gone. It will never be the same without him.

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Violence

Posted at 12:41 AM on January 5, 2014  

This is kind of harsh, though. It’s not Matt’s problem, nor Jenna’s, nor any of the other companions. They were all brilliant, living the characters, making me believe they are real and that they do exist. I fell in love in Matt just like with David. It was just Moffat’s fault. No offense to Mr. Moffat, he did some really good job, tried his best. After all, there were some brilliant episodes and plot twists that really made me think a lot. It’s just that, as many said, he needs to decide what show he’s concentrating on more. It can’t be two, come on. He has to decide. Or leave.
Peter Capaldi had some really good appearance, and Moffat added a really interesting bit with that last line. I feel that I’ll be waiting for a new season like for a cool drink of water.
No matter what, the show is great and I’ll keep watching it no matter what. And people that watched it because the Doctors were “hot” need to get a life.
That’s all I wanted to say.

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Karen

Posted at 5:10 PM on January 4, 2014  

I agree, I’ve been getting a little tired of Moffat’s predictable plots.

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Diamond

Posted at 2:21 PM on February 18, 2014  

So why didn’t Moffat leave instead? Sounds like that’s what people are saying….Liked David liked Matt

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Venus

Posted at 7:11 AM on January 4, 2014  

I don’t believe we watched the same show. Both Smith and Moffat and fans have said numerous times, they love Amy and Rory together and so did the Doctor. It was never in my eyes sexual tension between them. River and the Doctor now that was tension! Just think you missed the boat on this one. I too am excited to see Capaldi take the reins, loved him for years but that does not mean I need to find ways to belittle Moffat or any of the episodes with Mr. Smith and his companions, and that includes Miss Clara.

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A Denise Moore

Posted at 8:22 PM on January 3, 2014  

I think you got it all wrong about Amy and Clara. Amy was a mother, wife, model, writer and most of all, a companion that loved adventure. Clara is a creation of the Doctor (and possibly River Song or she could be River Song) to save him. In all the episodes with Clara and the Doctor, she saved him. In “The Name of the Doctor”, the secret wasn’t that his grave was in Trenzelore but that Clara was his secret that he literally took to his grave.

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Maria

Posted at 1:42 AM on January 5, 2014  

Clara’s mystery was explained throughout Series 7B. In Hide psychic Emma Grayling told The Doctor she was a normal girl. In JTTCOTT the salvage brother’s scanner confirmed she is human…no Time Lord DNA. In Rings of Akhaten we saw her parents. In Name of The Doctor his secret was an incarnation that broke the promise attached to the name of The Doctor. Clara is just an ordinary Earth girl.

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David Lemmo

Posted at 6:12 PM on January 3, 2014  

Matt’s Doctor was too young in personality to be such an old Time Lord. Moffat was unwise to not restrain Matt’s desire for such a youthful character. Clara from Name of the Doctor till present has matured from Moffat’s earlier versions of her, and has resolved the enigma of her appearances in the past. Her introduction as a teacher at Coal Hill School, put her in line with Barbra Wright and Ian Chesterton from the early days. Capaldi is a better actor for Doctor Who, being that he is the first actor following the 2005 revival to have been around when the show was young. Capaldi should be able to revive the best parts of the Doctors of the past. However, Moffat may not be able to allow Capaldi’s Doctor or Clara to meet their potential. Moffat should be gone, before the Doctor brings Gallifrey back into the universe.

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ewan velázquez (@EnemyOfFate)

Posted at 5:24 PM on January 3, 2014  

What on heaven’s sake have you got against Martha Freaking Jones? Her whole storyline was far from just loving the Doctor. She fought off monsters, she was empathetic with alien beings and strange humans alike, her intelligence and wits complimented and sometimes even competed with the Doctor’s, and she was an all-around strong and capable woman who was eager to go on adventure and explore the universe the impositions in her life (e.g. her family) had always kept her from enjoying.
You should be ashamed.

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Michael O'Connor (@IrelandMichael)

Posted at 5:23 PM on January 3, 2014  

I would agree which much of this, but the Tennant favouritism is a little too transparent. Rose was a horrible companion in every respecting, pining after the Doctor to point of *allowing* him to mock her actual boyfriend, and putting her infatuation with him before everything, even the end of the world. No matter what was going on, Rose was there to whinge and complain when she couldn’t have The Doctor, and some female fans seem to support her intolerable behaviour simply because Rose was their mirror by which they could live out their own personal infatuation with David Tennant.

Martha, who actually had good intentions, was treated like crap because of it.

It can’t be okay with Rose but someone not okay with everyone else.

While I agree with much of the complaints of Clara as a character, I disagree with the sexual tension. What little there is is played for laughs, mainly at the expense of the Doctor, and has been little more than a handful of lines in one or two episodes.

It’s definitely true that she has lacked in personal development, that I agree on completely. I think The Day of The Doctor and The Time of the Doctor have deliberately made steps to rectify that, and seem to be setting the groundworks for more exploration into Clara’s life in the next season, now that the whole “Impossible Girl” mystery is out of the way.

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Busy Elle Bee

Posted at 6:45 PM on January 3, 2014  

Dear Michael, I completely and utterly agree with every word – thank you for saying this :) I loved Martha and was happy that in the end she stood up for herself and walked out on the Doctor, just as he realised that he did need her. But on the flip side it meant that a good character had to temporarily leave the show. The way the Mickey character was treated was awful (compare with Rory). I never understood why Rose was so popular when her ‘behaviour’ was pretty lame both as an individual and towards her boyfriend Mickey. Doesn’t say a lot for girl power!

In regards to Clara, I don’t think we know all about her yet. There are still so many unanswered questions, so I hope that her character is given some good story lines.

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Michael O'Connor (@IrelandMichael)

Posted at 7:41 PM on January 3, 2014  

Martha was the definition of wasted potential. Here was a character who understood what it meant to be a “doctor”, to empathise unconditionally with the suffering of others and try to do what you can to help them… and outside of the first few episodes, absolutely nothing was done with it.

The way you phrased it, how she basically got sense and walked out on him, definitely paints The Doctor in a very poor light, but at least it showed that he wasn’t perfect… and that even 900 years isn’t enough time to figure women out. Hahahaha!

 
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Busy Elle Bee

Posted at 8:57 PM on January 3, 2014  

Ha Ha. Women are just far too clever and complex for the Doctor (and most men) full stop!

It seems to me that any female character who is a match for the Doctor never lasts long. Doctor Donna was soon dispatched, ditto Doctor Martha, Doctor/Prof River Song (hmm, I think there’s a pattern here!) Those who ‘save’ the Doctor i.e. Rose, Clara, Amy etc seem to stick around longer. But does that highlight the Doctor’s weaknesses or the writers?

I like how Amy’s character was given some ‘guts’, and hope Clara’s character will receive the same treatment, but it is also worrying that IMHO the best female characters featured in recent episodes also both happen to be young, with model type features and can never find a long skirt to wear!

 
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June Barnard-Spence

Posted at 5:13 PM on January 3, 2014  

AND PLEASE TELL ME, WILL THERE NEVER BE A RIVER SONG AGAIN?…TOM BAKER WAS “MY” DOCTOR, BUT DAVID AND MATT STOLE MY HEART…MISSING DOCTOR/DONNA, HELLO SWEETIE, AND THAT BOW TIE…..ON CAPALDI, WELL, HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE HOW HIS “KIDNEYS” HOLD OUT…

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Erik David Even

Posted at 6:13 PM on January 3, 2014  

WHY ARE YOU YELLING????

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Andrea Pinzow

Posted at 5:07 PM on January 3, 2014  

I believe Clara should have more of a companion relationship like Sarah Jane Smith had with the fourth doctor. A companion who is a close friend and will be loyal to the doctor and have to love interest in him. A companion who was risk her life to help him. I believe Capaidi’s doctor can go back to this time of doctor-companion relationship

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David Schwartz

Posted at 5:02 PM on January 3, 2014  

I think that Moffat needs to go as show runner for Doctor Who. He has clearly run out of ideas for The Doctor. Who is in the role should not matter, Tom Baker was the Doctor for 7 glorious years. Moffat is also overstretched with his role as show runner for Sherlock and Doctor Who.

Time for new blood with a new show runner.

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