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'Doctor Who's Jenna-Louise Coleman on Matt Smith exit

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Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman has admitted that it will be "very difficult" to say goodbye to Matt Smith.

The BBC confirmed yesterday (June 1) that the actor will leave the role of the Doctor after this year's Christmas special.

'Doctor Who': Series 7 finale 'The Name of the Doctor': The Doctor and Clara (Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman)

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Doctor Who: 'The Name of the Doctor'



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"I could not have imagined coming into the show without Matt as my Doctor, holding my hand, really, quite literally. I totally lucked-out in having a creative, generous, clever, and lovely fella to work alongside day after day," Coleman said.

"I feel so privileged to have been part of Matt's reign, to have to been companion to what is and what I think always will be one of our greatest Doctors.

"He is so in love with the show, he works tirelessly hard, surprises me every day, always creating and discovering something new about the Doctor. A true gent, a leading man and a very special friend.

Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Steven Moffat, Doctor Who, 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, New York

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Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat



"I know it will be a very difficult goodbye for me, but I for one can't wait to see where his career takes him next."

Coleman will continue to appear alongside the new Doctor when the show returns in 2014.

She added: "Of course with the same welcome I was brought in with, I look forward to welcoming the next Doctor. But it's not over 'til it's over. See ya at the big 5-0!"

Smith described his time on Doctor Who as "an honour", revealing that it has been the "most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke".

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