While participating in the "Brave New Warriors" panel with Kit Harington, Steven Yeun and Tyler Posey, Matt Smith started to say his goodbyes. First he was asked why he was leaving Doctor Who, to which he responded:
"When you've gotta go, you've gotta go... It's sad I'm going to miss you and I'm going to miss Comic-Con too. Comic-Con is great, isn't it?... It wasn't an easy choice, it wasn't an easy decision to come to. But, I don't know you can't play it forever. And look they'll get someone amazing, they'll get someone brilliant, they really will. And that's the great thing about the show. It continues and the strength of it survives. It will get better and bigger and keep it up and you'll forget about me." [Screams Of Sadness Erupt]
And then, on a lighter note, Smith discusses his upcoming regeneration, joking that: "And then I turn into a woman!"