Surprise: Matt Smith announced as the new Doctor Who

January 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A relatively unknown British actor Matt Smith, has been named as the successor to the Doctor Who role. Smith landed the biggest part on U.K. television as the time traveler after David Tennant announced he was stepping down from the role last year (08).

Smith who will become the eleventh, and youngest, incarnation of the Time Lord was unveiled during a special episode of Doctor Who Confidential on BBC One. The announcement, which was heavily publicized by the BBC in the run up to the broadcast, ends months of speculation sparked by Tennant’s announcement in October that he will step down as the Doctor.

Smith, who is 26 years old, stars in the BBC comedy drama Party Animals. Of his casting, Smith said: “I’m flabbergasted. I haven’t slept really! [Doctor Who] is an iconic part of our culture, and now I’m taking that on. It’s nerve wracking. Exciting. Exciting

Steven Moffat, the producer of the forthcoming fifth series of the sci-fi hit said Smith was perfect casting because he was someone who was old and young at the same time.

Tennant, who took over from Christopher Eccleston in 2005, will now complete four hour long specials.

In the final episode he will undergo the famous regeneration scene that will see Tennant transform into Smith.

The new Doctor follows in the footsteps of William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.

Reported by: Hot Momma Celebrity Gossip


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