He may have announced his exit from Doctor Who earlier this year, but Steven Moffat has now revealed that Matt Smith wanted to stay on the show with David Tennant beside him.
Speaking of the friendship between Matt and David who came together to appear in the special 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, Moffat joked to the Radio Times:
“They got on like a couple of old women. They just say in the corner and gossiped the entire time. By the end of it, Matt told me that he’d worked out this plan that they’d both continue in Doctor Who: do five individual episodes each and three together – would that be ok?
“It was a nice plan. I think if I’d said yes they’d have gone for it.”
Alas, it wasn’t to be and now Peter Capaldi will be seen taking over from Matt following his departure from the show later this year.
Whilst Matt and David may be best friends now according to Moffat, it appears that the pair were “nervous” of each other when they first met and began to put their Doctor Who characters together.
Recalling the atmosphere between the two actors as filming for the special episode began, Moffat said:
“David and Matt, I think… were both quite apprehensive of the other. David’s continued to watch Doctor Who like the sad old fan he is and so as far as he’s concerned Matt’s the Doctor. And of course for Matt, you don’t believe yourself you’re the Doctor, you just think David’s the Doctor.
“So they were both slightly nervous and slightly apprehensive.”
Meanwhile, fans got given a taste of what is to come with the special episode which will air on November 23.
As fans settled down to watch BBC One on Saturday night, they were treated to the preview which saw the appearance of every Doctor Who right from when the show began in 1963. As the fans were lead through a whirlwind which featured the iconic Tardis and the sounds of the Dalek, they also saw the likes of Christopher Eccleston and William Hartnell.
Being the current Doctor, the last remaining minutes of the trailer saw the camera pan to Matt Smith who uttered the words: The day of the Doctor. Check out the preview above!
The Day Of The Doctor is nearly here! (BBC Pictures)
With the preview out and for all to see, it didn’t take long for fans to react. One impressed viewer posted on Twitter: “SDHFDUSHFSH.GJSRFGHDS Just seen the trailer for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary; think im close to crying so excited! #SaveTheDay.”
Also brimming with excitement was another viewer who tweeted: “I am so excited about the 50th anniversary Doctor Who trailer! Think I’ve watched it 10 times already. #DoctorWho #SaveTheDay #DoctorWho50th.”
Despite the trailer only being a minute or so long, one impressed fan wrote on the micro-blogging site: “The #DoctorWho 50th Anniversary trailer is probably the best one minute of Doctor Who ever made. Fan since 79, applause to #DW crew on 50th.”
Admitting that they couldn’t get enough of the trailer, another viewer posted: “I’ve watched that new trailer at least six times now. Prob watch it 10x more before week is over #DoctorWho #DoctorWho50th #WhovianAndProud”, whilst another wrote: “I can’t stop watching the trailer!!!!! #doctorwho #savetheday.”
Happy to have Doctor Who back, another fan used their 140 characters posted: “After seeing the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary trailer, I am actually pretty pumped. I miss Doctor Who.”
Still excited about the preview this morning, another Twitter user wrote: “Started my morning with the Doctor Who 50th trailer. Who said Mondays are bad?”
Matt and David get to work as the BBC releses these stills from the anniversary special