Doctor Who fans have long waited to see where Matt Smith would next head after abdicating the TARDIS (and seriously, has anyone seen him in Terminator Genisys promos yet?), and Netflix has emerged as the lucky recipient. Smith, John Lithgow and Claire Foy have all joined up for Netflix’s new prestige drama, The Crown.

Debuting in 2016, Netflix describes The Crown as “the gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain’s post-war destiny.” Smith will take the role of Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, while Lithgow will play Sir Winston Churchill himself, leaving Wolf Hall star Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

So reads the official synopsis:

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

The Crown also reunites The Queen and Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan with director Stephen Daldry and producer Andy Harries. Daldry, Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold will all direct scripts written by Morgan. It’ll take until next year before we see, but does Matt Smith’s first post-Who TV gig sound worth the wait?

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