Rory actor Arthur Darvill has spoken out about the departure of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor for the first time.
Darvill, who left in last year’s The Angels Take Manhattan, said this of Smith’s departure:
“I’ve known that Matt’s going to leave for awhile, so it wasn’t much of a shock to me, and I saw him last week or the week before. He’s done his time on it, I think. It’s a hard one. You know, I left a year ago, and it was very hard to leave. I think the worst that you can do on something like that is outstay your welcome. It’s better to be missed than for people to go, ‘Just get out,’ so I think it’s a good time for him to leave.”
When asked who he would want to play the Twelfth Doctor:
“I think they should go for someone older and I don’t know who that should be. I suppose it could be a woman. I don’t know. I think it is a male part, though I think it’s just about the person. I’d love to see Dame Helen (Mirren, who has been linked with the role recently) do it — best of luck to whoever gets it, though.”
[Source: Doctor Who TV]