By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Earlier today, the Doctor Who team made the announcement that fans have been waiting for: the identity of the Eleventh Doctor, due to take up the reins in 2010 after David Tennant steps away from the TARDIS.
26-year-old Matt Smith will be the youngest Doctor ever, ahead of Peter Davidson, who was 29 when he became the Fifth Doctor in 1981. The head of BBC 1 says that he just had that “Doctor-ness” about him. Smith has a background in theater, but has also been acting on TV since 2005, including in Secret Diary of a Call Girl alongside Who alum Billie Piper. He will begin filming this summer, with Tennant set to appear in four special episodes later this year in place of a regular season of the show.
Of course, the new Doctor isn’t the only big change to the show in 2010–Russell T. Davies is handing over control to writer Steven Moffat. Moffat is well-known for some of the most acclaimed new Doctor Who episodes, including “The Girl in the Fireplace” and the episode that introduced Torchwood‘s Jack Harkness, “The Empty Child.”
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