Matt Smith chosen as new Doctor Who

26-year-old actor is the youngest to take on the role

LONDON ­-- The BBC has picked virtual unknown Matt Smith to be the new latest 
incarnation of intergalactic time traveler Doctor Who, it was announced
 on a one-off broadcast Saturday night.

Smith, 26, will be the youngest actor ever to take the role and will appear 
on screens in 2010, replacing David Tennant, who will sign off as the 
Time Lord at the end of this year.

Smith was picked out of a field thought to include such leading talent as John
 Simm and David Morrissey. He has earned critical acclaim for TV work, 
including the BBC political series "Party Animals," and stage appearances in "The 
History Boys."

"Doctor Who" executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat said Smith had
 a completely new take on the Doctor.

"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.
 "2010 is a long time away, but rest assured the 11th Doctor is coming --­ and 
the universe has never been so safe."