Matt Smith was so overwhelmed during the read-through of his final scene of Doctor Who that he burst into tears.
Extra scenes from the DVD release of Christmas special The Time of the Doctor include one showing Smith reading his final words and being unable to contain his emotion.
He appears most moved when uttering the valedictory line “I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when The Doctor was me” and begins crying.
Jenna Coleman said she was so affected by his reaction that she could not look at her co-star.
“All I could see was your hair,” joked Smith of the moment when he made his emotional outburst: “I am not really a sort of a weepie guy. I don’t know what happened to me to be honest with you.”
The full speech, written by Steven Moffat, runs: “Times change and so must I. We all change when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s ok, that’s good, as long as you keep moving, as long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when The Doctor was me.”
In the interview, Smith paid tribute to his fans.
“They have given me a lot of support and I will miss all that – both me and my ego.”
He said that the role had had a transformative impact on his life, including propelling him to fame.
“Going to the shops has been a different experience,” he joked. “I wear more hats. That’s what it’s done to my life.”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.