The BBC had it all prepared of course, with David Tennant’s announcement of departure (pre-recorded? Rumours are so compelling these days) aired in synchronisation with BBC News running a couple of pieces about it, including former NewsRound nerd Lizo Mzimba’s interview with the outgoing Time Lord…
As always we recommend you click the link and read for yourself what David says, but in the meantime, let’s show you the highlights…
Why have you decided to say goodbye to Doctor Who?
When I first started back in 2005, I always thought that if it worked out, three years would be about the right time.
What became very difficult was when it was announced that Steven Moffatt was taking over because I’m such a fan of his, he’s such a great writer, he’s written such amazing stories for me in Doctor Who already.
The prospect of hanging around for a while and enjoying working with him was sorely tempting and very nearly changed my mind.
What’s your message to the fans?
When I was a kid, I loved Doctor Who, I grew up with it. For me, it was the most exciting time when the Doctor changed.
You know he’s on his way out, you know something terrible’s going to happen, it’s very exciting – and then you’ve got this whole new character to look forward and wonder about.
What will it be like for the fans – you’re their Doctor and it will be a huge change for them when you go?
…When I was a kid, Tom Baker turned into Peter Davison, and it was thrilling and extraordinary and a little bit disorientating at first, but in a really exciting way, so I’m excited for everyone else getting to watch that happen. I think it’ll be great.
The huge question is – who would you like to replace you?
Well I’ve always been a big supporter of Wee Jimmy Krankie. So the campaign starts here to get Wee Jimmy Krankie in the Tardis and big Ian Krankie as the companion. I think that works.
You’re not leaving immediately – you’ve got another year for the specials. Can you tell us about that?
We’ve already shot the Christmas special for this year called The Next Doctor, which in the circumstances is perhaps a more intriguing title than it was before. We see the 10th Doctor meeting another Doctor.
Oh I’m not getting over it very easily, reporting it all like this…