Matt Smith chosen as new Doctor Who
26-year-old actor is the youngest to take on the roleLONDON -- 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."