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When Matt Smith first got the gig, some fans thought it was the wrong choice. But he's since proven himself to be an outstanding Doctor - and I'll be sad to see him go

It was Matt Smith himself who first compared the initial outrage over his casting as the new Doctor to that experienced by Daniel Craig when cast as James Bond. This guy is wrong, went the backlash from Doctor Who fans. Too young. Too unknown.

If those fans had been right, he would have ruined the show. But it's a testament to the impact of his performance that last month, a three-day mega-convention took place to mark the show's 50th anniversary. During one of its panels, showrunner Steven Moffat said with glee, "We're going to take a popular children's hero and kill him off … at Christmas!"

In the end, Matt Smith has come through as the most »

- Dan Martin

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