David Tennant is the Tenth Doctor!

The tenth actor to play the Doctor on television, David Tennant will take over from Christopher Eccleston in the coveted role for the Christmas special in December 2005 and the second season of the new series, which will be shown in 2006.

Tennant, who turns 34 on April 18, just two days after the announcement, recently starred with Peter O_Toole in the BBC_s Casanova, a 3-part adaptation of the classic story penned by new series head writer and Executive Producer Russell T. Davies. He will also be appearing in the next Harry Potter film. He was acclaimed for his work in the TV series Blackpool and Bright Young Things

Doctor Who fans that have been following the Doctor_s adventures on audio during the years the series has been off-air may be familiar with Tennant_s work already. He has appeared in no less than 5 previous Doctor Who audio stories, as Kurtz in 2001_s Colditz, as Colonel Brimmicombe-Wood in 2003_s Doctor Who Unbound play Sympathy for the Devil, as a Time Lord in another 2003 Unbound play Exile, a cameo role in the 2003 animated BBCi webcast Scream of the Shalka and most recently as _Daft Jamie_ in 2004_s Medicinal Purposes.

Tennant is the second youngest actor to take the part (only Peter Davison at age 29 back in 1981 was younger when he first appeared as the Doctor) and the first to be born after the black and white era of the show. He is the second Scottish actor to take the role, after Sylvester MCoy who played the role from 1987 to 1989.

Tennant was a major fan of the show growing up, and according to the BBC, Tennant stated _"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._

DWIN wishes David Tennant the best of luck in playing the Doctor for the years ahead, though we are sure that he won_t need it.

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