It’s official. The BBC has announced that come 2010 when the next actor takes on the role of The Doctor on Doctor Who his final form will be that of Matt Smith. Haven’t heard of him? Yeah, it seems a lot of folks haven’t:
Matt Smith, a virtual unknown, has been named as the 11th actor to portray The Doctor, according to the BBC News. Viewers will begin seeing Smith in 2010, when he replaces David Tennant, who announced his intentions to leave the show in October.
At 26, Smith, who has been seen in the BBC political series Party Animals and on stage in The History Boys, is the youngest to every fill the Doctor’s shoes. Smith is believed to have beat out heavy competition from bigger names such as John Simm and David Morrissey. His casting also puts to rest rumors that the Doctor would be played by a woman for the first time, with names such as Catherine Zeta Jones and Jennifer Saunders being tossed around.
Executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat said it was Smith’s original take on the role that made him the one.
“As soon as Matt walked through the door, and blew us away with a bold and brand new take on the Time Lord, we knew we had our man,” he said. “2010 is a long time away, but rest assured the 11th Doctor is coming — and the universe has never been so safe.”
You can see Mr. Smith’s IMDB profile here. He doesn’t appear to have a lot of roles under his belt so this could be a risky move on the part of the BBC. A lot of noise is being made about his age, but that doesn’t concern me too much as Peter Davison was only 29 when he took on the role back in 1980. Interesting bit of trivia on Peter Davison: When he reprised his role as the Fifth Doctor in the 2007 mini-episode Time Crash Davison was 56 which was older than William Hartnell—the First Doctor—when he started the role at the age of 55. He’s also the only former Doctor to make an appearance in the new series that wasn’t a film clip.
Anyway, so that’s the new Who and it should be interesting to see how he takes on the role come next year. He certainly has a bit of the Doctor look to him so he’ll probably do just fine. It’ll be awhile before we get to find out either way.
Updated: Here’s an interview with Matt Smith on how he feels about landing the role: