Departing Doctor Who star Matt Smith has said that his successor Peter Capaldi is an “incredible” choice for the role.

Smith is set to leave the show during this year’s Christmas episode which will be broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day. He said he is “genuinely excited” to watch Capaldi’s first series next year.

Smith said "I had lunch with Peter Capaldi shortly after the announcement and I think he's just going to be incredible. He has the most brilliant ideas.

"As a fan, I'm genuinely excited to see what he's going to do because I think he's going to do something extraordinary."

Speaking about what it will be like to see someone else play the Doctor he said "It might take me a couple of weeks to get my head around it. I think it was the same for David [Tennant] and I think it was the same for Karen [Gillan], when she watched Jenna [Coleman] come in.

"I don't think it's easy, but it's not my show, it's the fans' show. So I'll be a fan and then it will be my show."