If you happen to be at a newsstand this week, you may notice that "Doctor Who" is gracing the cover of Entertainment Weekly for the first time ever. In part, this is due to the continually increasing popularity of "Doctor Who" around the world even as the 50th anniversary approaches next year.
Entertainment Weekly has already published its interview with series star (and current Doctor) Matt Smith while currently holding back its features with departing stars Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill and executive producer/showrunner, Steven Moffat. And while Smith didn't reveal any major spoilers about the upcoming seventh season, he was noticeably excited about the final adventure with Amy Pond and Rory Williams, which was filmed in New York earlier this year.
"It was one of the most amazing experiences that I’ve had as an actor," said Smith. "Me, Karen, and Arthur had a whale of a time. Because (a) it’s New York, everywhere you point a camera, it’s going to look brilliant. And (b) I love the Weeping Angels, they’re my favorite monster. And people in America are really getting hold of the show. They really support it. It’s interesting, in America, we’re seeing more children turn up for things. Alex Kingston (who plays the Doctor’s fellow time traveler and girlfriend River Song) was saying that when she picks her kids up from school some of the kids are going, “Hey River Song!” That’s exciting for us. But it’s the last days of the Ponds! [Pretends to start weeping] They’ve gone, everyone!"
Smith also shared words of praise for Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will play the Doctor's new companion after the departure of Amy and Rory.
"[Jenna-Louise is] doing really well," noted Smith. "She’s thoroughly prepared, has a lovely nature about her, and I think she really gets Steven’s writing. This show is about change and it’s about regeneration and the only thing you can do is move with it. So we embrace and welcome Jenna and she’s doing really well."
During the rest of the interview, Smith talks about upcoming guest stars Ben Browder and Diana Rigg while also indicating that James Corden won't be back this season as the Doctor's friend, Craig Owens due to his commitment to his current Broadway show.
Regarding rumors of his departure, Smith cleared the air again and said that he has not spoken with Moffat about setting an end to his tenure as the Doctor.
"We’ve got too much to plan in the meantime," explained Smith. "We’ve got the 50th anniversary stuff next year. I take it year by year. Because it’s such a commitment on your life. I don’t think you could do it for 7 years, like Tom Baker did. It would age you too savagely. The great thing about the Doctor is that there’s no stop sign. He can keep going and keep evolving and he can surprise you and the moment he stops surprising you is probably the moment that you should hand it over. But he still surprises me, so I’m still hanging in there."
"Doctor Who" season 7 will kick off later this summer on BBC America.