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MATT SMITH last night promised to stay on as Dr Who for some time yet - as the first show in the latest series of the Timelord's adventures was given its premiere.

While the starting date of the new series of the BBC Wales-made show is yet to be confirmed, fans already know the Doctor's mortal enemy, the Daleks, are to make a return thanks to a dramatic trailer that has been screened over recent days.

The trailer for the new series also reveals glimpses of dinosaurs and an episode set in the Wild West.

The red carpet event at the British Film Institute in London's Southbank before the screening saw Smith, who plays the Doctor, and Karen Gillan, who plays his sidekick, Amy Pond, swamped with questions about the new series.

Speaking of the Doctor's legacy in Wales, Smith said: "The Doctor Who Experience is wonderful, and there are certainly more lookalikes around, especially young kids. The attention certainly makes trips to Tesco all the more interesting."

With this series looking likely to be the biggest ever series of Doctor Who, the adventure is certain to continue into 2013 - which will be the 50th anniversary of the show.

And Smith said he would be sticking around in the role for a little while longer.

"I'm not an idiot, I'm not going to leave the show in Doctor Who's biggest year," he said.

"I don't know where this talk of the 2014 contract came from though, I haven't signed anything new."

The new episode has twists and turns in high measure and plays with the classic themes famous in the show.

Last night was the first time Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who plays on-screen husband Rory Williams, had seen the show.

"By the end of it I was in tears," said Gillan. "I didn't read the script for a few weeks when I got it, I didn't want to make it real."

She added: "I always knew that Steven had an ending for Amy Pond and when I met with him a year or so ago it was kind of like, so what are the plans for the character and we both said that she should go at this point.

"It was such a fantastic mutual decision and completely the right time for Amy to leave. I will miss her, but I can't wait for fans to see what happens."

She will be replaced by Jenna-Louise Coleman who is set to play the Doctor's new companion alongside Matt Smith.

Smith said: "We knew it was coming, but just didn't believe it. It is one of those things like when you are on holiday and you suddenly realise it is Friday and you are going home on Monday. But that is what the show is about, evolution and regeneration, and we now have Jenna who is lovely and great."

Despite the sadness, the actor said he enjoyed filming Gillan's last scenes.

He said: "I am such a fan of New York, and we got to use some properly iconic locations, like Central Park. There is nothing quite like running through Times Square trying to shoot a scene."

Show supremo Steven Moffat admitted it would be difficult to imagine the programme without the pair who have become "part of the landscape for me".

He said: "It was just traumatic to consider a future without them. Amy is everything I admired, and sometimes feared, about strong, clever, reckless women, and Rory is the man I'd like to be - so strong he never has to show it."

Gillan and Darvill will exit at Christmas time after a showdown with the sinister, silent aliens, the weeping angels in New York. Steven Moffat revealed that the Christmas episode will be set in the Victorian era, and will feature Richard E Grant as the villain.


GRAPHIC: Matt Smith, left, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill before a screening of the episode Doctor Who Asylum of the Daleks. The Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) at the Dalek Parliament in episode one of Asylum of the Daleks

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