Published on April 16th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
The worst kept secret in Doctor Who… That’s right – as many of you no doubt know already, David Tennant has been offically unveiled as the 10th Doctor Who!
Best known for his current starring role in BBC1s “Casanova” (penned by Russell T Davies), Tennant is known in fan circles as a fan of the series – he appeared in the 2003 BBCi webcast The Scream of the Shalka alongside Richard E. Grant as the Doctor
The following statement was released last night:
David Tennant says: “I am delighted, excited and honoured to be the tenth Doctor!
“I grew up loving Doctor Who and it has been a lifelong dream to get my very own TARDIS.
“Russell T Davies is one of the best writers television has ever had, and I’m chuffed to bits to get the opportunity to work with him again.
“I’m also really looking forward to working with Billie Piper who is so great as Rose.
“Taking over from Chris is a daunting prospect; he has done a fantastic job of reinventing the Doctor for a new generation and is a very tough act to follow.”
Executive producer/writer Russell T Davies adds: “Christopher Eccelston’s wonderful Doctor has reinvented the role, so that it now appeals to the best actors in the land.
“I’m already writing David’s first new adventure on board the TARDIS!
“Regeneration is a huge part of the programme’s mythology, and I’m delighted that new, young viewers can now have the complete Doctor Who experience, as they witness their hero change his face!”
A new 13-part adventure and Christmas special begins filming in Cardiff in the summer for transmission on BBC ONE.
We at Kasterborous welcome David Tennant to the part, and wish him all the best for the future as Doctor Who!
Several organs now carry variations on this initial Press Release, including the MediaGuardian and The Scotsman Online. Meanwhile the BBC have upated their news papers with this resume of David Tennant’s work
So what should we expect of David Tennant as the Doctor? Time will only tell, but as we’ve seen Russell T Davies is unafraid to let the actors develop their own interpretation. However bearing in mind the types of character Tennant is best known for could we be on the verge of a return to the more “traditional” look of previous Doctors… perhaps a regency fop or some other very distinctive look from history? Perhaps we’ll see the Doctor dressed as a Carnaby Street-era dandy harking back to the Pertwee era?
Only time will tell!