Matt Smith is a man in demand. It has been announced that the Eleventh Doctor actor will star in a lead role in actor Ryan Gosling’s directing debut How to Catch a Monster, alongside actresses Eva Mendes and Christina Hendricks, which will start shooting this spring.
Denying rumours that this commitment for Smith spelled the end of his tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, the BBC stated:
“As in previous years Matt is taking advantage of a gap in the Doctor Who production schedule to take on another project. It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and Matt is committed to the show. He will be around for a while yet.”
Although it may not be the end for the Eleventh Doctor just yet, this confirms that there will be no other episodes in the second half of 2013 aside from the Anniversary Special and the Christmas Special. In that case, expect the first half of Series 8 in spring 2014.