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Beginning Of The End For Matt Smith’s ‘Doctor Who’?

Comments about future plans to America has renewed new speculation of actor change

The life of Matt Smith as The Doctor might be short-lived. That is if we’re all interpreting a recent interview the “Doctor Who” star gave, talking about his hopes to making the move to America.

“I’ve got another year of ‘Doctor Who,’ but then I’m certainly going to come and give it a shot,” Smith told cable channel VH-1 during an American visit. “Come and hang in L.A. … as you say.”

Smith says he already has friends here, including new Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield.

“I’m very proud to see him doing Spider-Man ’cause we did a play together,” Smith said, “And, you know, Spider-Man now. It’s incredible. And he’ll be brilliant. He’s so brilliant.”

But is Smith talking about coming to America for an extended “Doctor Who” filming break, or making the permanent move to the United States? That’s a good question. But if he were to come to America, he might struggle a little bit to make his mark.

Smith’s predecessor, David Tennant, moved his focus to the United States, but so far has not had any resounding success. A pilot he was working on playing a lawyer afraid to stand up and speak in public was not picked up by NBC. Tennant, however, did appear in “Fright Night,” and his lending his voice to some animated work.

That could mean the Tardis will get a new occupant by the time the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who” rules around in 2013. Having a regeneration and the ratings boost that comes with a star change might be good for the franchise. However, at the same time, audiences have come to enjoy Smith’s version of the character. And he is reportedly taking a much smaller paycheck home than either Tennant or other modern Doctor Christopher Eccleston have in the past.

Then again, we could just be misunderstanding what Smith was trying to say. It’s likely he has yet to make a decision on his future in “Doctor Who,” and is simply keeping all his options open.

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