Meet the new Doctor Who

At just 26 years old, the relatively unknown actor will be the youngest to ever take on the coveted role of the Time Lord. And he will have big sneakers to fill following the acclaimed David Tennant, who late last year announced he would be stepping down.

Many Who aficionados now consider him the definitive Doctor.

This year in the UK there will be four Who specials with Tennant, expected to depart early next year.

"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," said new producer Steven Moffat. "2010 is a long time away but rest assured the Eleventh Doctor is coming -- and the universe has never been so safe."

Australian viewers can currently see Smith in the BBC drama Party Animals, screening Tuesday nights on the ABC. He has also appeared in BBC drama The Street, and Ruby in The Smoke alongside Billie Piper.

An excited Smith said, "I'm flabbergasted, haven't slept really, to be honest.

"It's sort of an iconic part of our culture. My grandfather knows about it, my dad knows about it. We've been watching it since 1963. It has the iconic status that Robin Hood or Sherlock Holmes (has).... and I'm taking that on. It's my responsibility. It's nerve wracking. Exciting!"

True to the secrecy associated with the role, Smith won the role over Christmas but had to keep quiet until the public announcement last weekend.

"When I got the role I paced around the room for about three days because I didn't know what to do," he said.

"I was just smiling and thought 'I'm the Doctor!' It's weird."

Meanwhile there is more good news for Aussie Who fans with ABC planning to screen the 2008 Christmas Special this month, instead of having to wait longer, which is usually the norm.

Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (it refers to a different time traveller played by David Morrissey) will screen at 7:30pm Sunday January 25 on ABC1.

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Can't forget the reason why "The Master" went rouge and decrepid was because he had too many regenerations...
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I have big continuity problems with getting a new doctor.

1) The doctor only has 12 regenerations. What in the world are they thinking going through them so fast? This kid will be Doctor #11. We're almost out of Who! Any opinions how they might get around the 12 regeneration rule? Of course news also has come out that they've signed him up for a 3 year contract with an option to extend another 2 years, sot that's 5 years of this Doctor, but still!

2) How are they going to maintain the River Song story continuity if Tennant leaves? In S4, Eps 8-9 they implied that River Song and the Doctor had had a long relationship when the Doctor was much older. How does that fit in with him regenerating again within the next 4 specials? Any ideas how they could make that work?

I've only been watching Who since 2005. So all you seasoned Dr. Who followers out there: Do you think the writers will be true to what's already been laid out or are they going to ignore it or explain it away in some cheap fashion?
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I am going to reserve judgment until I see him in action, but I am a bit skeptical about how young he looks. To me, the Doctor needs to have a certain amount of gravitas in order to be taken seriously since so much of what he is/does is so way out there. We shall see in time.
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I too would have loved it if Christopher Eccleston was the Doctor (again) and maybe the explanation in the universe as to how the Doctor reverts. I will give this new actor a fair shot at making the character a beloved one, but in my mind before the announcement I was diverging into wanting a new twist, a female doctor, since I feared the new storylines themselves would be more Daleks and Cybermen rehash. Oh well, the waiting is the worse part, for now.
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I still would have loved to see Christopher Eccleston return as the 9th & 11th Doctor. Matt indeed does have some pretty big (and heavy) sneakers to fill.
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He's was so awesome in his interview!
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Is it just me or does this guy remind me of a young Bon Jovi?
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I will be sad to see him go!
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I've been a fan of Dr. Who from way back when and I haven't had a problem with any of the actors playing the Time Lord. The producers seem very confident with their choice and I think having a younger actor in the lead will attract a wider audience.
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Thanks Old Bill, I've fixed the links to the correct actor page. We'll be transferring the photos there shortly. Wow he certainly will be a young Doctor Who!
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I'm going to wait and see him on screen before I pass judgement on his ability to play the Doctor. A lot of people criticised David Tennant before he started and he turned out great.
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Yes he's young, but if you saw the Doctor Who Confidential that revealed him on Sat, I think you'll agree he has that "right sort of weird/different" about him, to play the Doctor.
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I heard there is a lot of criticism of Matt Smith because of his looks. He seems like a cute guy to me so I can't understand that.
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Yes, well, um, please tell me this is a joke! I'll will have to wait and see for his first appearance.

Nice catch on the wrong Matt Smith OldBill! :)
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That was crazy to find out that he was in Shadows in the North with Billie Piper, which I had recorded a while ago just for her. Truth is stranger than fiction. I'm sure he'll do a good job, Moffat wouldn't let us down.

I'm hoping the SciFi channel will show the Christmas Special in America soon, instead of making us wait until they've done all the specials and give to us all at once in a year.
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This show is bad anyway...
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Your link is to Matt Smith, whereas this is Matt Smith.
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I haven't seen him in anything, to be honest, I should watch something. I do believe he will manage. David Tennant is great, but I'm sure Matt Smith will bring something new to the character of the Doctor.
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I hope it all works out well. I remember people weren't sure about David Tennant replacing Christopher Eccleston but it wasn't long before everyone seemed to really like him. Perhaps the same will be true of Matt Smith too.
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I think he's going to be interesting. I'm going to really miss David Tennant though but I'll give him a chance.
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An unexpected choice, I must say. But I liked him in Ruby in the Smoke, so I will try to keep an open mind. I do love David Tennant, though, so I am not sure if I will be able to manage it!
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can't wait for his first episode as the Doctor. I've never seen him in anything, but I've liked the other Doctors over the years, so I'm sure I'll get used to him quickly too.

I'm pleased they've chosen an actor in his 20s too. Still, I was kind of hoping they might choose a woman. Still, I suppose that would be a bit too radical.
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