David Tennant officially announced that he would be stepping down from his most famous role yet, that of “Doctor Who,” the SF series that is the longest running television show internationally. His finale episode will happen at the end of 2009. “When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me,” Tennant said.
In an interview with the BBC, David said that with the moving on of Russell Davies, and his feeling that the time is right for him since his performance is still popular and memorable. He didn’t want to outstay his welcome. It is “time to take a deep breath and bow out” stated Tennant and said he didn’t “want it to feel like a job” while it is still fresh and alive.
He says that leaving the show at this time is really the best for fans and the series. He could have easily stayed on forever in the role he loves it so much, but he feels fans are ready for a new and exciting Doctor now.
When asked if he has been told by Davies how his role as the Doctor would end and what departing words his time as the famous character would make, Tennant could only reply that, like fans of the show, he has yet to find that out himself.
Tennant served as Doctor Who, taking over from Christopher Eccleston, for 3 full seasons, with some specials due out in 2009. Actor Tom Baker served as the Doctor in more episodes of the iconic figure then any other star — 173 in all.
You can catch the Tennant BBC interview HERE.