The BBC has announced that Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who during this year’s Christmas Special, shortly after appearing in the 50th anniversary episode in November. Rumors over a possible Smith departure have been rife for some time. Smith took over the role from David Tenant in 2010 and has appeared alongside companions played by Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Alex Kingston (River Song), James Corden (Craig), and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswin Oswald). Smith’s replacement has not yet been announced.
The BBC has officially announced that the two-part opener for the next season of Doctor Who will film in Utah. This marks the first time Doctor Who has ever filmed in the United States (the Eight Doctor movie set in San Francisco was filmed in Canada). Matt Smith, Karen Gillian, Arthur Darvill, and Alex Kingston are expected to film in Utah in November.