20/09/2012 13:03 BST

'Doctor Who': Matt Smith Knows 50th Anniversary Plans, Will 'Shoot It Next Spring'

Matt Smith has revealed he knows what showrunner Steven Moffat is planning for the 50th anniversary of iconic BBC One sci-fi show Doctor Who.

In an interview with the Waikato Times, the actor said: "I hope that we mark it in the best way possible and we honour the people that have been in the show before us and we make it as grand and brilliant and inventive and as much an occasion as possible. What that is, I may have an idea, but I can’t tell you I’m afraid...

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‘‘Nothing’s set in stone. I imagine there will be a script knocking around about Christmas and we will develop further and shoot it next spring.’’

Last month Smith sparked rumours that Billie Piper could return for the 50th anniversary celebration show.

He was quoted as saying that she would be his favourite companion from the past to return for next year's one-off 90-minute anniversary special.

Matt, 29, said in The Sun: "If I wanted a companion from the past I would say Rose because I am good friends with Billie."

Billie played the companion of previous Doctors Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant until she left the BBC One sci-fi drama in 2010.

Meanwhile, the franchise's 50th anniversary will also be celebrated with a TV film, titled An Adventure in Space and Time, that explores the genesis of Doctor Who from its first broadcast on 23 November 1963.

The 90-minute drama will explore all aspects of the science fiction series, including the many personalities who came together to bring the show to life. Mark Gatiss will write An Adventure In Space and Time with executive producers Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner.

"This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original," Gatiss said in a statement. "And how an actor - William Hartnell - stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I've wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who's 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true."