Is Matt Smith already on his way out as the Doctor?

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The Doctor (Matt Smith) takes the stage at Stonehenge. (BBC)

The UK’s Sun tabloid says Doctor Who star Matt Smith is ready to leave the show after wrapping his second season, which is already in production. They say the 27-year-old sensation is ready to take on Hollywood.

(Spoilers follow for the penultimate episode of Series 5, “The Pandorica Opens.”)

Smith and co-star Karen Gillan are currently filming the annual Christmas special, which the BBC announced will guest-star Michael Gambon (Dumbledore from the Harry Potter movies). Their first season in the long-running British sci-fi drama has already been broadcast in the UK, but here in the U.S. the season finale, “The Big Bang,” will air Saturday on BBC America.

It opens after the Doctor’s foes have tricked the Time Lord into eternal captivity after deducing (incorrectly) that he will destroy the universe with his temperamental TARDIS craft. As the Pandorica clangs shut around the Doctor, every star in the cosmos goes supernova at every moment in time as the TARDIS explodes with the Doctor’s wife (?), River Song (played by Alex Kingston), trapped inside. Meanwhile, Amy (Gillan) dies in the arms of her boyfriend, Rory, who was reincarnated as an alien Auton disguised as a Roman soldier, after having been apparently wiped out of existence several episodes earlier.

What does it all mean? Who knows! Find out with the rest of us as the season concludes in traditionally over-the-top Doctor Who style!

If Smith did leave the TARDIS after only two seasons, it wouldn’t be the shortest stint in recent memory: Christopher Eccleston left after his first year in 2005, which was the first season for the show since it was revived after cancellation in 1989. Through the magic plot device of Time Lord regeneration, he was replaced by David Tennant, who surrendered the role after four seasons and several specials. Smith is officially the 11th incarnation of the Doctor.

Via Syfy’s Blastr

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