The New Doctor Who for 2010 onwards has been cast, and Matt Smith is his name.
And as 99.99% of the world will say at this news: "Who?" Well, it turns out I have seen his work, he was in the adaptations of Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart books (Ruby In The Smoke, Shadow In The North) on the BBC, and he played a very likeable character in them.
It's easy to cast judgement on him, he's very young, the youngest ever to be cast as the Doctor, and has a bit of a youthful tearaway look in most photos. But in his acting roles he plays all sorts of different characters, so will be able to carry the dramatic mantle quite competently.
We have about three or four special hour-long episodes of David Tennant's Doctor yet to come, and the regeneration won't be happening until early 2010, more than a year away, so no need to get too excitable yet. But I am curious, and hope that the complete changing of the guard (actor, writers, producers, showrunner, etc) won't fuck the whole thing up somehow.
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