In a new Press Association interview he doesn’t sound like he’s ready to leave
In the new interview he says, “We work very long hours every day for nine months. The schedule is pretty brutal, but I’d never complain about it. I love playing this role, and I don’t want to give it up anytime soon.”
Backtracking? A smokescreen? Possibly. (“Rule one: the Doctor lies” the conspiracy theorists may point out.) Maybe he was just musing out loud in that VH1 interview. We can all muse out loud. Or maybe it was a canny contract negotiating manoeuvre. Who knows? At the moment, only Matt Smith probably.
We’d like to think he’s staying on, ’cos we think he’s great. We certainly prefer him backtracking to making an announcement about his departure.