UPDATE – 9/4/05: The Guardian Diary section (4th April) contains a small segment on David’s expected casting in which it states he “can be expected to stick around a little longer” than Christopher Eccleston and mentions that he collects Who DVDs.
UPDATE – 5/4/05: Rumours continue to arrive in our inbox. The latest is that the BBC are keen to confirm the casting of Tennant this week.
As a note of caution we point out that this weeks constantly evolving UK news cycle (which has so far seen the General Election called, coverage of a Royal Wedding, news of the Pope’s funeral and a BBC apology to Eccleston) may not leave room for the sort of mass coverage the BBC will be hoping for which makes the claimed timing doubtful.
However it is possible the BBC will try and use the announcement to ensure a third decisive victory over Ant & Dec and to repair the damage caused by the early leaking of Eccleston’s departure.
UPDATE – 4/4/05: An article on the Guardian website lists the 10* Doctors to date with a brief biog of each, each snippet being related to a web based story.
*yup 10, the article includes David Tennant as number 10 despite him
not having been officially announced. This is seemingly on the strength
of the BBC claims that he is “the only name being looked at”.
UPDATE – 2/4/05: In a move which seems likely to be related to the recent news of Christopher’s leaving, the BBC Doctor Who site has cancelled the live chat with Russell T Davies scheduled to take place after tonight’s episode.
In a profile of current Doctor Christopher Eccleston The Sunday Times comments on the likely casting of David as the tenth Doctor.
Meanwhile a source tells us it is “99% certain that Tennant is the new Doctor “. As with all rumours we advise caution and assign the usual health warnings.
However if press comment is to be believed it seems likely that only a last minute refusal by the actor will prevent Tennant taking control of the Tardis in 2006.
UPDATE – 1/4/05: Today’s Times carries an article on the rumoured casting of David Tennant.
The feature quotes a ‘BBC insider’ as saying “Tennant was the only name in the frame to take over. It is a matter of agreeing terms with his agent at this stage.”
It also claims that the BBC want Tennant to film a regeneration scene for transmission at the end this series enabling him to star in the recently announced Christmas special.
UPDATE – 20.57 31/3/05: Information from several sources suggests that the casting of Tennant will be announced shortly – possibly by the end of Friday or early next week.
While we have never been keen on reporting rumour and speculation it appears increasingly likely that David Tennant is to succeed Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor (or Doctor Who according to the series credits!).
In addition to the usual rumour and speculation the official Doctor Who site claims “David Tennant likely to be replacement for second series.”
At least one UK bookmaker is refusing to take bets on his casting following a rush of bets for him.
Original UNIT News report:
UNIT News are hearing rumours from a source close to the casting process that, although the BBC are in discussion with
Casanova star David Tennant to star as the Tenth Doctor, some in the corporation
are expressing the view that Eccleston should be persuaded to reprise his role.
is claimed senior members of the production team oppose this approach and would
much rather launch the second season with a willing and eager lead.
Meanwhile BBC.co.uk is reporting on possible new leads in an article entitled ‘Who will be the next Doctor Who?‘
There is also a ‘Have Your Say‘ offering viewers the chance to air their reaction to the news of Eccleston’s departure.
Balance of opinion appears to be confusion at Eccleston’s reasons for leaving (the fear of typecasting) which many claim he should have been aware of before signing up to the show.