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Gillan donned wig for Smith's Doctor Who swansong

Matt Smith's final episode as Doctor Who saw both him and former assistant Karen Gillan wear hairpieces, the show's writer Steven Moffat revealed.

Karen Gillan shaved her head for the Marvel sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy. Credit: Apega/ABACA USA

The Scottish actress made a brief appearance as Amy Pond at the end of the episode as viewers saw Smith bow out as the time lord and hand over the controls of the Tardis to Peter Capaldi.

Smith had to wear a wig after having his head shaved for his role in Ryan Gosling's film How to Catch a Monster, while Gillan had her hair cut off for the Marvel sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy.

Moffat said: "They're very good wigs but they're both wigs. Though in Karen's case that's her own hair. That wig is made of her own hair, it's just detachable now. When they cut her hair they made her a wig of her own hair. Didn't she look lovely?"

The show's writer also praised Smith's "heartfelt, brilliant and ancient" performance as an ageing Doctor was perfect, saying: "It's an end of an era, he should talk that way. You need a combination of huge sadness and lucky it doesn't end here".

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Smith's Doctor Who swansong rewritten after injury

Matt Smith's swansong episode as Doctor Who had to be reritten after he injured his leg, according to reports. The injury was written into the script of the Christmas Day show so fans will see the timelord lose a leg after a battle with the weeping angels.

Matt Smith who played the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor Credit: an West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Sun reported that fans will see the doctor grow old fighting cybermen and daleks after being drawn back to a planet called Trenzalore by the sound of a bell.

Smith, who is replaced by Peter Capaldi in the Christmas Day episode, said he was excited about his final appearance.

Doctor Who Matt Smith goes Psycho in new musical

Outgoing Doctor Who star Matt Smith has been cast as serial killer Patrick Bateman in a musical stage adaptation of American Psycho.

Smith, who will bow out from his role as the Time Lord in this year's Christmas special, will take to the stage in the reworking of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel as Bateman, played by Christian Bale in the 2000 movie of the same name.

Outgoing Doctor Who Matt Smith will take on the role of Patrick Bateman in the musical adaptation of American Psycho. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The musical thriller follows the story of a wealthy yet psychopathic New York investment banker in the 1980s who embarks on a killing spree.

American Psycho runs from December 3 to January 25 at London's Almeida Theatre and may even transfer to the West End and Broadway.

Smith wishes Doctor Who successor 'all the best'

Matt Smith will be replaced as Doctor Who by Peter Capaldi. Credit: PA Wire

The outgoing Doctor Who, Matt Smith, welcomed the decision to cast Peter Capaldi.

In a pre-recorded message he said: "I just want to wish my successor all the best and just say good luck and good on you for getting it, because I know he is both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy.

"The casting of it made me really excited genuinely, and as a fan I think it's a really canny choice, so good luck mate, it's going to be a thrill."

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Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who in Christmas special

Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who and will bow out in the Christmas special when he will be replaced by a new incarnation of the Time Lord, the BBC has announced.

Smith, who has been in the role since 2010, said it had been "an honour" to play the role.

Matt Smith has played Doctor Who since 2010. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The actor said: "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".

First Dr Who director says show is now too sexy

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman share an on-screen attraction. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The man who first brought Doctor Who to British screens has criticised the current series for being too sexy.

Waris Hussein, who directed the first episodes of the long-running science fiction show when it began in 1963, said he has been unimpressed by Jenna-Louise Coleman's character's romantic relationship with Matt Smith's version of the Time Lord.

"There is an element now, and I know we're living in a different era, of sexuality that has crept in," he told BBC Radio 4's The Reunion.

"The intriguing thing about the original person was that you never quite knew about him and there was a mystery and an unavailability about him," he added. "Now we've just had a recent rebirth and another girl has joined us, a companion, she actually snogged him."

Arthur Darvill: 'I have no information' on Matt's exit

Doctor Who sidekick Arthur Darvill told Daybreak that he had nothing to say about Matt Smith's rumoured exit this Christmas.

It is thought that the 11th Doctor will regenerate, paving the way for the next Time Lord.

Arthur Darvill played companion Rory Williams in Doctor Who Credit: Daybreak

When asked by Daybreak, Darvill shrugged his shoulders and said: "I have no information, I have no information."

He added that since he left Doctor Who, it was great to watch the show, without knowing what will happen next.

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