And the new Doctor is Matt Smith.
A special “Doctor Who Confidential” announced 26-year old actor Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor today.Â The announcement brings toÂ an end nine weeks of speculation on who would inherit the role when David Tennant regenerates next year.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise.Â Smith’s name had not been one of those rumored to be taking the role in recent weeks. Rumored contenders for the part included “Survivors” star Paterson Joseph, James Nesbitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Smith is the youngest actor to play the role of the Doctor.
“Iâ€™m just so excited about the journey that is in front of me. Itâ€™s a wonderful privilege and challenge that I hope I will thrive on,” Smith said in a BBC press-release.Â “David Tennant has made the role his own, brilliantly, with grace, talent and persistent dedication. I hope to learn from the standards set by him. The challenge for me is to do justice to the showâ€™s illustrious past, my predecessors, and most importantly, to those who watch it. I really cannot wait.â€
â€œI feel proud and honoured to have been given this opportunity to join a team of people that has worked so tirelessly to make the show so thrilling,” Smith added.
â€œThe Doctor is a very special part, and it takes a very special actor to play him,” said producer Steven Moffatt. “You need to be old and young at the same time, a boffin and an action hero, a cheeky schoolboy and the wise old man of the universe.
â€œAs soon as Matt walked through the door, and blew us away with a bold and brand new take on the Time Lord, we knew we had our man,” Moffatt added. â€œ2010 is a long time away but rest assured the 11th Doctor is coming â€“ and the universe has never been so safe.â€
The BBC kept the secret under wraps for weeks and is said to have made the decision over the Christmas holidays.Â The special episode of “Doctor Who Confidential” was aired not only on television screens across the UK, but also broadcast live on BBC Big Screens.
Smith’s previous work includes “Secret Life of a Call Girl” with former companion Billie Piper,Â “Party Animals,” and the upcoming “Moses Jones.”