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Watch Matt Smith say thank you to Doctor Who fans

After surprising the Doctor Who fandom (and upstaging Dan Harmon) by announcing he would be leaving the show at the end of this year, Matt Smith has released a thank you message for the show’s cast, crew, and fans.

A possibly sleep-deprived Smith (“it’s late and we’ve just finished a night shoot”) filmed the video in Detroit where he is currently working on the Ryan Gosling-directed How To Catch A Monster. Presumably Smith just watched Love Actually, because his video features word cards that give shout-outs to the crew, his castmates (Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Jenna Coleman), showrunner Steven “Moff” Moffatt, and the show’s dedicated fans.

Even without his signature floppy hairstyle, Smith delivers a heartfelt thank you to “Doctor Who land,” explaining, “What makes this job truly spectacular is the fans and the support from the fans. It’s truly unique and it’s meant a lot.”

Smith’s 11th Doctor will appear in the 50th Anniversary Special (alongside a Shakespearean actor named David Tennant most Doctor Who fans are not familiar with) before regenerating into a new incarnation in the 2013 Christmas Special.  BBC insiders claim the new Doctor won't be announced until the fall. After watching this video, a lot of the show’s fans may be echoing the 10th Doctor’s parting words and wishing Smith could keep the bowtie on for just a little longer.

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