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Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who. He'll be in the 50th anniversary special on the 23rd November 2013, and the Christmas Special on 25th December 2013. A regeneration scene will happen in the Christmas Special marking the shift to a new Doctor and new executive producer. The new actor to play the 12th Doctor Who will be in the new series starting on April 19th 2014. The new actor to play the Doctor is Peter Capaldi
McCoy, famous for playing the 7th Doctor in the long running TV series
Doctor Who, is Radagast the Brown in the Hobbit movies. The director of
the Hobbit, Peter Jackson, is a huge fan of Doctor Who and even owns Sylvester
McCoy's original Doctor Who costume! We hear you!
About the fabulous Sylvester McCoy
He was discovered by Ken Campbell and became part of the Ken Campbell Roadshow. Ferrets were his speciality and really, when you think of ferrets down your trousers, you think of Sylvester McCoy. (Though in the Ken Campbell Roadshow he was known as Sylveste McCoy) He was also very good at hammering nails into his nose.
His most famous television role as the Doctor in Doctor Who occurred from 1987-1989 but he reprised the role in the 1993 special Dimensions in Time and again in the 1996 telemovie, officially handing the reigns of the Doctor to Paul McGann.
As he was, in the minds of many fans, the Doctor from 1987 until 1996, the 7th Doctor character that he helped create was used in many comics, books, audios and toys, making him one of the longest serving Doctors. (In 2005 Paul McGann became another of the longest serving Doctors for similar reasons, even though he only appeared in one official TV movie, as copius books, audio dramas, comics and toys followed. Both Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann were officially current Doctors for 8 years 9 months each.)
Sylvester frequently appears at conventions and is the consummate guest, not only having plenty of stories to tell but also plenty of tricks to perform.
His most recent Doctor Who related theatrical appearance in Australia and New Zealand was in a stage play called Inside the TARDIS where he talked about his experience on Doctor Who with Colin Baker and Katy Manning. He performed several vaudeville acts and signed autographs afterwards for the fans. He has since been back to Australia in Hamlet and for a couple of miniconventions in Sydney, most recently in June 2011.
While many fans of Doctor who suggest that the 24th season was the most dire in the programme's history, we have the producers, directors and writers to take most of the blame. With Seasons 25 and 26 Sylvester proved that if you have a great script, director and budget, the skills of the actors will shine through.
Sylvester is still on the theatre circuit and still records Doctor Who audio adventures for Big Finish. He has no plans of retiring anytime soon. Happy 70th birthday Percy!
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