It's been four years, but seems like only the blink of an eye ("Don't blink!"), since the inimitable Dr. Who regenerated into the skin of actor Matt Smith. It has, however, been officially released by The BBC and BBC America that the current, high-octane version of the Doctor will be jumping, bow tie et al, into his last adventure sometime during the 2013 Dr. Who Christmas Special.
The transition, or rather, regeneration, will bring the incarnations of the Doctor to an even dozen. Although not a fan of the show as a child, Matt Smith had only glowing praise upon the announcement of his departure. In a much longer statement, available on the BBC web site, Smith 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." Before the untimely end of this iteration of the Doctor, Smith has the honor of appearing in the Dr. Who 50th Anniversary show, already in the can, but to be aired in November 2013.
Smith's tenure as the Doctor, along with companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, saw some of the series' most convoluted story lines conceived, even for a Time Lord, prompting the web site CollegeHumor.com to produce a video depicting the hapless trio as they would look in an old Atari video game.