We’re very conscious about trying not to spread spoilers here at Fandomania, but there’s a certain Doctor Who casting spoiler that’s been all over the internet today and even is the subject of official BBC interviews. Why they choose to give away the surprises on their own shows, I have no clue, but here it is. If you don’t know the big Doctor Who news and want to remain that way, you should stop reading now. Otherwise, proceed onward, gentle reader.
At the conclusion of the four Doctor Who specials in 2009 The Tenth Doctor will become The Eleventh Doctor. It has been announced on the official Doctor Who fansite Gallifrey One that David Tennant has opted to leave the part he loved so much in the conclusion of the 2009 Christmas Special.
David Tennant had this to say in an interview posted on the BBC’s website:
“I’ve had the most brilliant, bewildering and life changing time working on Doctor Who. I have loved every day of it,” the actor says. “It would be very easy to cling on to the TARDIS console forever and I fear that if I don’t take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will. … I’m still the Doctor all next year but when the time finally comes I’ll be honoured to hand on the best job in the world to the next lucky git – whoever that may be.” Tennant added that he “always thought the time to leave would be in conjunction with Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner who have been such a huge part of it all for me. Steven Moffat is the most brilliant and exciting writer, the only possible successor to Russell and it was sorely tempting to be part of his amazing new plans for the show. I will be there, glued to my TV when his stories begin in 2010.” He furthermore says that he feels “very privileged to have been part of this incredible phenomenon, and whilst I’m looking forward to new challenges I know I’ll always be very proud to be the Tenth Doctor.”
Former Executive Producer/Writer, Russell T Davies, says:
“I’ve been lucky and honoured to work with David over the past few years – and it’s not over yet. The Tenth Doctor still has five spectacular hours left! After which, I might drop an anvil on his head. Or maybe a piano. A radioactive piano. But we’re planning the most enormous and spectacular ending, so keep watching!”
Tennant assumed the role of The Tenth Doctor after Christopher Eccleston opted to leave the part after only one series. Tennant made his first appearance as The Doctor in a brief five minute prologue for Children In Need, and he then made his rollicking debut in “The Christmas Invasion” in 2005. For the next three series, David Tennant’s incarnation of The Doctor has reached a level of popularity which matches that of The Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, whose incarnation is always the basis for comparison.