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Matt Smith Doctor Who exit planned 'for a long while', reveals Moffat

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Steven Moffat has revealed that he has had Matt Smith's Doctor Who exit planned out "for a long while".

'The Time of the Doctor' will pay off plot points "laid down for years", the showrunner promised.

Matt Smith as The Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas special: 'The Time of the Doctor'

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Matt Smith in The Time of the Doctor


"Before I wrote it, I did say to Mark [Gatiss] that I thought I knew what [Matt's] last moment would be - and indeed his last line," Moffat said. "I've had the vague storyline in place for a long while."

An hour-long special, 'The Time of the Doctor' will write out Smith's Doctor and introduce a new incarnation, played by The Thick of It star Peter Capaldi.

"It's his final battle and he's been fighting it for a while," Moffat teased. "There are... elements from every series of Matt's Doctor, which will come to a head in this special."

Fringe star Orla Brady, Benidorm's Sheila Reid and Only Fools and Horses actress Tessa Peake-Jones will all appear in Smith's final episode.

Doctor Who 'The Time of the Doctor' will air on Christmas Day (Wednesday December 25) at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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