The seventh series of the cult BBC family sci-fi will be starting later in the month and concluding next year.
Yet Smith (pictured here filming the second half of the new series with his new companion Jenna Louise-Coleman) has ended rumours about his future by confirming that Steven Moffat persuaded him to hang around for the eighth series, which is expected to start in late 2013 and run into 2014.
Apparently Moffat has already begun work on it.
“His first episode sounds great,” Smith told The Sun. “It hasn’t been written yet but the idea is as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven. So there’s a lot to look forward to.”
“When Steven was going to pitch the next season to me not long ago, he said. ‘Are you ready to cry?'”
However Smith also hinted that next year’s 50th anniversary specials will be something very special.
“We want to do 50 years — and everyone that’s been associated with the show — justice. We want to go, ‘Look, world, here is Doctor Who. It’s 50 years old, a science-fiction show, still going and going from strength to strength’.”
David Tennant is widely rumoured to be returning for a cameo next year, along with other former Timelord Christopher Eccleston.