Like many things Doctor Who-related at the moment, the fall of the eleventh Doctor is shrouded in mystery. However, Matt Smith has let slip a tiny bit of information on just where – if not how – he will leave the show.
Asked whether he has ever been confused by any of the stories or time lines, the actor seemed to suggest that his Doctor will meet his end on the dreaded fields of Trenzalore.
He answered, “No, because it’s my job to make sense of it and to make sense of it for you. Hey, look, I guess some people find the writing and the storytelling complicated sometimes, but I say to that, 'Isn’t that better than it being really easy?' Isn’t it better if you’re like, 'OK, I just saw that – what did I just see?'
“Eventually Steve [Moffat] peppers it back – you think now we’re going toward the Doctor’s final hour, which is toward Trenzalore. Steven mentioned that in season five. Season five! The Silence was mentioned! He peppers this brilliant storytelling all the way through, and for my money that’s a much more interesting way to write. Aren’t all the layers what we fans of sci-fi want? I’m like, 'Cool, throw it at me.' Is it complicated? Yes. Are we going back in time? Yes. Are we going forward in time? Yes. Are we meeting a character we’ve met in the future? Yes. Is she my wife? Yes.”
So, it appears that series seven finale The Name of the Doctor wasn’t the last time we go to Trenzalore – revealed to be the final resting place of the Doctor – before his ultimate demise.
Smith, talking to Vulture, also revealed what it was like flying the Tardis with David Tennant and John Hurt in the 50th anniversary special.
“Our first scene was on the Tardis!” he says. “It was me, David, and John [Hurt] actually, and we were flying the Tardis. I remember saying to Dave, ‘Dave, I don’t want to hog all the flying duties.’ Literally, you have those conversations. Seriously, I went, ‘Do you want to fly it for a bit?’ We all flew it. He flies his.”
Smith also shared his thoughts on how his Doctor gets on with Rose and his predecessor: “Well first, Billie [Piper, who plays Rose] is a great friend of mine anyway. We’ve worked together and I’m very fond of her. She’s wonderful. But yeah, bizarrely, if you look at previous Doctor Who stories, they tend to be quite grouchy with each other, but I think Ten and Eleven actually like each other. David and I do in real life as well, and our Doctors are quite collaborative.”