TV News: Dan Harmon returns to ‘Community;’ Matt Smith to Leave ‘Doctor Who’ This Year

By Will Ashton

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Well, it’s good news for Community fans today and bad news for Doctor Who ones.

On the good side, Community‘s original showrunner Dan Harmon confirmed on Twitter today that he would be returning to the show. Rumors have been spreading for the past couple weeks that Harmon would be returning for the show’s fifth season. These rumors were fueled, partly, by Harmon himself, who confirmed on his podcast, Harmontown, that NBC asked him to come back.

Today, Harmon confirmed on his Twitter account that he would, indeed, be returning to the show as the showrunner.

Based on his college experiences, Harmon’s voice was a major factor of the show’s success and fan-following. After being fired following the show’s third season, Moses Port and David Guarascio (Just Shoot Me!) took over running the show, to mix opinions from the fans. While the show’s fourth season has had its bright spots, according to some fans, Harmon’s return will likely, or at least hopefully, give the show what it has been missing in what may very well be its final season.

On the bad side, fans of the 11th doctor will be sorry to hear that Matt Smith will be hanging up his duties as Doctor Who at the end of this year.

His final appearance as the character is set to be on the show’s Christmas special this December. No reason has been found yet for Smith’s departure.

Smith is currently filming a role in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, set to be released sometime next year.

In a statement to the BBC, Smith had the following to say:

“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. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!

It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”

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