Is Matt Smith Getting Ready To Leave Dr. Who?

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Dr. Who star Matt Smith pretty much bowled us over at the 2011 Scream Awards last weekend. From his well-regarded work on the BBC/SyFy series, we already knew that he was equal parts dashing and down-to-earth, but VH1′s own Kate Spencer became a firsthand witness to the overall sweetness of the Best Science Fiction Actor award winner after chatting with him on the red carpet and backstage. During one of their conversations, Kate posed the question to Smith about his future on the program, and when American audiences could expect to be seeing more of him on these shores. Smith’s controversial reply?

“Well, hopefully soon, you know. I’ve got another year of Doctor Who, but then I’m certainly going to come and give it a shot – come and hang out in LA.”

The passionate Dr. Who fan community has taken this statement to mean that Smith might be preparing to leave the beloved franchise, which is just about to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary (!), when his contract expires next year. Smith has yet to clarify this statement by coming forward with his true intentions for his future as Dr. Who, but whether he’s just a savvy negotiator or feels it’s time that he tests the Hollywood waters a bit further, we’re pretty confident that if we had access to our own TARDIS time machine, we’d discover that he’s got a long and successful career ahead of him.

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