Steven Moffat told Matt Smith that he was the “best and bravest time Lord of them all” when bidding farewell to the actor on the set of the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
In the BBC’s DVD extras release of the Christmas special episode, The Time of the Doctor, the showunner is shown delivering his eulogy to an emotional Smith on the final day of filming.
Paying tribute to him Moffat says: “I’m glad I don’t have two hearts because they would both be breaking at the moment.
“I have a complaint against time travel. I would like today not to have arrived. Everybody: a big round of applause for the best and bravest Time Lord of them all: Matt Smith.”
Smith is shown embracing Moffat and, in common with his predecessor David Tennant, was then presented with his Sonic Screwdriver from the show.
Smith also confessed to being too emotional to speak on the DVD at one point.
The interview material also sees Moffat disclose that he and Smith agreed that the manner of the farewell of his Doctor would not be “triumphant.”
“You can’t equate regeneration with death," says Moffat. "He doesn’t die. But what’s frightening for the Doctor, what’s alarming if you are told you will be somebody else, you will be rewritten that would be frightening. That’s what the Doctor faces. Each time he is at home in his current persona, his current body and somebody is going to come along and say he is going to change everything.”
Also in the footage, Smith is shown becoming so overwhelmed in the read through of his final scene of Doctor Who that he burst into tears.
The DVD shows Smith reading his final words and being unable to contain his emotion.
He appears to get most emotional when he says 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.
Smith admits that part of him regrets leaving the TARDIS because of the burgeoning chemistry with co-star Jenna Coleman.
“Part of me genuinely feels that I sort of wish we have had another go at it, another year because, I feel we have really come on and sort of evolved,” he tells the actress in the interview.
“We have had a good time making it. It’s been really fun to make it,” he says of the episode.