Sunday, January 04, 2009
The 11th Doctor Has Been Named
The eleventh Doctor has been named. Matt Smith will be taking over as The Doctor after David Tennant finishes up his contract at the end of 2009.
Nearly 7 millioin people watched a specoal Doctor Who Confidential: The Eleventh Doctor last night in the BBC.
Matt Smith is 26 years of age, the youngest to play The Doctor. He is relatively unknown and has done some work with The National Theater on Alan Bennetts's The History of Boys as well as staring with Christian Slater in Swimming With Sharks in London's West End.
Smith grew up in Northampton and was head boy at Northampton School for Boys. He played Football(soccer) with Nottingham Forrest Youth Program and then moved on to Leicester City and was forced to retire due to a back injury.
He was involved in the National Youth Theatre and has involved in a bunch of different BBC productions as well at the theatre work.
Here's a link to the BBC's press announcement: BBC 11th Doctor Press Announcement.
So he will be in the series starting in 2010, but it will be interesting to see if he is transitioned in the Christmas Special in 2009 or will just take over.
I guess it's a good choice to put a young unknown in the role. The expectation level will be different and it will be good to let someone other than a John Simm or James Nesbit have a go at it.
I wish you luck and Can't wait to see the next episode to air!