Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith says his role was going to change into a 'Breaking Bad' character


Matt Smith has revealed there were plans to adapt his role on Doctor Who into an evil Breaking Bad-type character before he left the show.

The actor, who starred as the Doctor from 2010 to 2014, said writer Steven Moffat wanted to explore the darker side of the character had Matt decided to stay with the sci-fi series.

Appearing at New York Comic Con, Matt said: "I was really interested in that element of the Doctor.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith (Joel Ryan/Invision)

"I think if I'd carried on that was what Steven was going to explore. It would have been like Breaking Bad.

"You've got to be really careful with him as a character. It would be hard to watch him be really awful to everyone."

The award-winning US drama Breaking Bad starred Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a terminally-ill chemistry teacher who becomes a drug kingpin.

Bryan Cranston portrays Walter White in a scene from Breaking Bad
Bryan Cranston played chemistry teacher turned drug dealer Walter White in Breaking Bad (AMC)

Matt appeared on a panel at New York Comic Con alongside his former cast mates Jenna Coleman, who played Clara Oswald on Doctor Who, and Alex Kingston, who plays River Song.

Alex defended Matt's decision to leave the show in 2014, when he was replaced by current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.

She said: "The truth is there is only a certain amount of time that anyone can play the Doctor because you get burnt out.

Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman
Matt Smith and Doctor Who co-star Jenna Coleman (Arthur Edwards/PA)

"The actors who play the Doctor are worked so hard. If you think about it: they have these reams and reams of dialogue that mostly make no sense at all.

"There's a point where... you're going to burn out. It's a shame when they go but at the same time, for their own health, they have to stop."

New York Comic Con runs until Sunday.