Doctor Who: 11 actors, 50 years

Celebrating its fiftieth year on British screens, Doctor Who has become as much of a British institution as fish and chips. As 26 seasons of the show have gone by, children and adults alike have been enamoured by the sci-fi series, with the programme’s iconic blue telephone booth the TARDIS and the Doctor’s evil Darlek enemies becoming household names.

Once again, the show is set to enter a new era. As Matt Smith has hung up his tweed jacket for once and for all, speculations have began as to who will become the twelfth Doctor. According to reports, for the first time in the show’s history, there is a possibility that a woman may take the starring role. With names such as Rupert Grint and Russell Tovey also hot on everyone’s lips, a biq question mark looms over the Time Lord to be.

"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," said Matt in his official leaving statement.



"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!" added the actor.

"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."

From William Hartnell to Matt Smith, take a look at HELLO! Online's gallery of the iconic eleven Doctor Who stars to date.

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