You don’t get a whole lot more official than the BBC announcing an actor is vacating the lead role in Doctor Who and that’s just what happened today, when it was announced that Matt Smith will be regenerating in the 2013 Christmas special.
(If you’re unfamiliar with the nearly 50 year old show, which recently was given a Peabody Award for the entirety of the show, the lead character is an alien “Time Lord” from the planet Gallifrey. Time Lords, when suffering mortal wounds, or just wanting the equivalent of plastic surgery, can “regenerate” 12 times. This effectively gives them a new body, a slightly different personality and allows the show to recast a new actor and freshen up a bit.) [Read more…]