Yesterday, we reported that Doctor Who star Matt Smith will be leaving the role that made him famous. This December’s yearly Christmas Special will be his last appearance as the Doctor. Many fans have already voiced their disappointment that the reign of “Number 11” has come to an end, but they’re also grateful for the time he did spend on the show.

Smith took the time to actually release his own Doctor Who goodbye statement about his departure yesterday. If you wanted to know how to properly leave a beloved TV series with class and humility, then you only need to read what Smith wrote here.

“Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.

“I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven – he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

“The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before.Your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number 11, who I might add is not done yet – I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special.

“It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the Tardis for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and ‘the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls.

“Thank you guys. Matt.”

What do you think of what Smith had to say here in his Doctor Who goodbye statement? Are you pleased that he had such kind words to say about his time on the show? Why don’t you just tell us what you think in the comments below?

Source: BBC