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Matt Smith back for more Doctor Who

Matt Smith, the youngest actor to tackle the role of Doctor Who, has signed on for another run as the iconic TV time-traveller.
Matt Smith, the youngest ever Doctor Who, will return to the long-running show for a new season, the BBC confirmed. (Canadian Press)

Matt Smith, the youngest actor to tackle the role of Doctor Who, has signed on for another run as the iconic TV time-traveller.

The British Broadcasting Corporation revealed Tuesday night that it has commissioned 14 new episodes of the long-running sci-fi series, with Smith to continue as the 11th Doctor.

Executive producer Steven Moffat will return to write the new slate. He posted a cheeky confirmation via Twitter, saying "14 episodes and I've got a plan and I'm not telling you what it is."

The current edition of the series, which was split into two parts in the U.K., will continue its run with six more episodes airing this fall and concluding with a 2011 Christmas special. The BBC did not announce a premiere date for the  new installments.

The renewal will keep the 28-year-old Smith filming the prominent role through 2012.

However, in a recent interview, Moffat hinted at giving perennial villains the Daleks a break.

"There's a problem with the Daleks. They are the most famous of the Doctor's adversaries and the most frequent, which means they are the most reliably defeatable enemies in the universe," he told BBC listings magazine Radio Times.

Doctor Who debuted in 1963 and ran until 1989. A 1996 movie revived interest in the series, which returned in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston and then David Tennant portraying the venerable Time Lord.