As widely expected and previously reported by us, David Tennant was tonight confirmed as the Tenth Doctor following the earlier announcement of Christopher Eccleston�s departure from the hit BBC1 Series.
Tennant�s succession to the role was first mooted in the Daily Mirror which claimed he was in line for the part whenever Eccleston departed.
34 year old Tennant recently appeared in BBC Three�s Casanova which was written by Doctor Who supremo Russell T Davies. The show was a ratings hit with 940,000 viewers tuning in for part one � a record for the digital channel.
He has also appeared in BBC1�s �Blackpool� and has had numerous starring roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company including Touchstone in ‘As You Like It’, Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Antipholus of Syracuse in ‘The Comedy of Errors’ and Captain Jack Absolute in ‘The Rivals’.
In addition he voiced the role of the caretaker in the Doctor Who webcast �Scream of the Shalka� and played Galanar in the third Dalek Empire series for Big Finish.
In a press release published by the BBC Tennant said:
“I am delighted, excited and honoured to be the tenth Doctor!
“I grew up loving Doctor Who and it has been a lifelong dream to get my very own TARDIS.
“Russell T Davies is one of the best writers television has ever had, and I’m chuffed to bits to get the opportunity to work with him again.
“I’m also really looking forward to working with Billie Piper who is so great as Rose.
“Taking over from Chris is a daunting prospect; he has done a fantastic job of reinventing the Doctor for a new generation and is a very tough act to follow.”
Executive producer and lead writer Russell T Davies added: “Christopher Eccelston’s wonderful Doctor has reinvented the role, so that it now appeals to the best actors in the land.
“I’m already writing David’s first new adventure on board the TARDIS!
“Regeneration is a huge part of the programme’s mythology, and I’m delighted that new, young viewers can now have the complete Doctor Who experience, as they witness their hero change his face!”